Today’s Video: Mind-Blowing Real World Optical Illusion.
This was the 2010 winner of the annual Illusion Contest, “Magnet-Like Slopes” by Koukichi Sugihara
Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences.
From Illusion Contest:
In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if they are pulled by a magnet. The behavior of the balls seems impossible, because it is against the gravity. The video is not a computer graphic, but a real scene. What is actually happening is that the orientations of the slopes are perceived oppositely, and hence the descending motion is misinterpreted as ascending motion. This illusion is remarkable in that it is generated by a three-dimensional solid object and physical motion, instead of a two-dimensional picture.