Adelbert Ames, created several amazing visual optical illusions, and today we’re going to take a look at one of his less known illusions, the so called “Ames Trapezoid” or “Ames Window”. So, buckle up, hit play, and get ready to be amazed!
What to see?
Just look at the video, and you’re going to see an oddly shaped trapezoid window, that has an angled bar inside of it – you could say it’s a reference point. Now, watch closely as the window rotates, and you’re going to see that the bar inside the window, appears to pass right through the frame as the window seems to reverse its rotation! Simply astonishing, isn’t it?
How it works?
Ames was an American scientist that made countless contribution to several fields, including psychology, ophthalmology and physics, and his window, is a coronation of all these fields into one. In his time, he was a pioneer of psychological optics at Dartmouth College, serving as a research professor only to serve later as the director or Dartmouth Eye Institute.
Well, the frame, is simply spinning in only one direction, but the mind is confused by its shape. Our representative power and perception makes us see things and interpret things not as they are, but as we know them and logically want them to be. And that’s how the bar seems to magically go through the window frame. Look at the video a couple more times, and realize how only at the beginning you clearly realize that the window is not rectangular but a trapezoid. As the window continues to spin, your brain is making it rectangular, and hence the visual optical illusion starts to show!