There’s an optical illusion sweeping the internet, and captivating viewers across the globe. It’s a mind-trick that involves a mirror reflecting different shapes than what were placed in front of the mirror. How can a mirror reflect back circles instead of the squares that were placed before it?
Watch the fascinating trick here:
The video below explains how it’s done (without any CGI), but more importantly, the optical illusion teaches us some valuable lessons about creativity. It’s a great reminder to mobile app developers and innovators about what is possible when we push the limits of conventional thinking!
Here’s why we love it:
It breaks the rules
There’s an old adage about knowing the rules before you break them. Yet understanding the conventions doesn’t mean you must accept them. True creatives have the confidence to think differently; to ask, “What if?”. The more you question what is possible, the more you realize that things aren’t always as they seem or as they should be, and that it’s far more exciting to color outside the lines. Asking “What if” opens up opportunities that didn’t exist before, and allows your imagination to soar. This curiosity is the trait that is essential to creativity and innovation.
It restores our inner child
Let’s face it, we’re a jaded bunch. We’ve seen too much, experienced more than our fair share of real-world problems, and honestly, we think we know a lot about a lot (in other words, everything). This trick restores our sense of wonder. We’re never too old to be mesmerized. A belief in the impossible, and a dash of fantasy – however briefly – still has the power to uplift and entertain. Isn’t escapism the reason we turn to mobile games as often as we do? We are simply never too old to escape into a bit of magic and believe in the impossible. As Alice in Wonderland so famously stated, “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
It celebrates the nerd in all of us
Practically speaking, the creator of this illusion explains how he reverse engineered the outcome. He started the process by visualizing the end result before he began, and worked back to make it so. He fiddled, tinkered, experimented, and figured out step by step how to achieve the end result. We’re certain he failed along the way, each time learning something new and solving a new need, and that’s part of the scientific process. Here’s more on how this fascinating mind-trick works: