You’ve Got Eyes Of A Hawk If You Can Spot The Mind-Bending ‘Mistakes’ In This Video For The First Time
A MIND-BENDING video left viewers scratching their heads as they tried to figure out how it worked.
The minute-long clip was shared on Reddit on an optical illusion thread.
In the video, popular YouTuber and optical illusionist Zach King uses perspective to create “impossible” scenes around the world.
In part of the clip, the illusionist is seen “grabbing” Big Ben and putting it in his pocket.
A second storyline shows King “accidentally painting” the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco red.
Another whimsical scene shows the YouTuber “changing” his bike’s flat tire with what appears to be the Paris Wheel.
King told CNET in 2021 that the “magical short videos” are a combination of editing, camera placement and weeks of planning with his team of a dozen people.
And when it comes to filming a scene, “there’s no room for error,” King said during the CNET interview.
When successfully using camera placement, King is able to use forced perspective to trick the viewer’s brain.
How does forced perspective work?
Forced perspective is a technique that makes an object appear further, closer, larger, or smaller than it actually is.
It is used primarily in photography, architecture and, in King’s case, film.
StudioBinder explained in more detail in a blog post how this technique works:
“By visualizing the correlation between scaled objects and the camera or viewer’s point of view, human visual perception is altered.
“Forced perspective in movies is often used to depict fantasy worlds in which the humans are either much taller or shorter than the other actors.
“In forced perspective photography, the camera can create interesting visual effects that allow humans to interact with objects or other subjects in ways otherwise not possible. An example of this is an individual walking on the Eiffel Tower. “
King has perfected the technique to the point of garnering nearly 25 million followers on his Instagram account.
He enjoys an equally impressive following on his YouTube account, with 15.4 million subscribers.