Prepare to bend your mind with this optical illusion! 

Out of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016, a video with over two million views is showing a series of square tubes being placed in front of a mirror. So nothing mind-blowing about that! But it is the mirror’s reflection that has everyone blown away, because the square cylinders become circular cyclinders!

The illusionist continues to move the tubes around in different formations but the reflection continues to show the square cylinders as circular. 

Watch the video yourself and see if you can find a reason for the bizarre reflections…

So there is no rational explanation and CGI or tricky special effects on the video have been ruled out. So what can the explanation be? Well there is an explanation when “the top of each of the cylinders is shaped in such a way that it gives the illusion of different shapes from different angles.” 

Now how many sleepless nights would we have had without some explanation?


Here’s the video explaining the way the shape of a cylinder affects the mirror reflections! 

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