12+ Interesting Optical Illusions You Can See IRL

Optical illusions are some of the most entertaining eye-deceivers. People love watching them, stumbling upon them, doing makeup inspired by them, and whatnot.

Scroll below to see a collection of optical illusions that you can visit in real life.


1. Museum of Illusions, Kuala Lumpur

This museum is dedicated to optical illusions, there is a vortex tunnel, a rotating room, and all the way to a bottomless pit. There are also plenty of framed images and so on. Here you can see the head on the platter.

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Courtesy of Museum of Illusions Kuala Lumpur


2. Yangzhou Zhongshuge, Yangzhou, China

This library creates the illusion of an infinite tunnel full of books, thanks to its mirrored floors and curved shelves.

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Yangzhou Zhongshuge. ellie.mk/Instagram


3. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh, Scotland

Below you can see the shrinking room. It is known as an Ames Room. When seen through a point of view, like that of a pinhole, the room looks cubic, but it’s actually shaped like a trapezoid. The room’s far left corner is lower than the right corner, therefore the optical illusion below.

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4. Pedra do Telégrafo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People standing on this cliff are merely three feet off the ground. But if the picture is angled right, it seems like they’re risking their lives.

Pedra do Telégrafo. Jefferson Vieira de Melo/Wikimedia Commons


5. Lake Sørvágsvatn (Lake Leitisvatn), Faroe Islands

In reality, the lake is only about 98 feet above sea level. But due to the picture taken at the right angle, it seems as if it’s sitting high above the ocean.

Lake Sørvágsvatn. Sky Cinema/Shutterstock


6. Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago, Illinois

This looks like a massive hole in the floor but it’s actually simply an optical illusion

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7. The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, California

The Mystery Spot sits in a part of the Redwood Forest where the trees grow crooked and therefore the environment is tilted.

The Mystery Spot. scarlettandstella/Instagram


8. Amanohashidate, Kyoto, Japan

If you look at the scenery this way, you’ll see the bridge as a dragon flying into heaven. And legend says doing so will bring you good luck.



9. Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, San Francisco, California

In this place, due to the mirrors being almost on every wall, visitors tend to bump into their own reflection

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze. Katie F/Yelp


10. Rakotzbrücke (Devil’s Bridge), Gablenz, Germany

On a calm day, the bridge creates a perfect circle thanks to the reflection in the water. It was built in the second half of the 19th century.

Rakotzbrücke. Lukasz Stefanski/Shutterstock


11. SLS Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

This large LED screen sits above this bar and it makes images come to life through its two million LED lights.

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12. Electric Brae, Ayrshire, Scotland

This road appears to be going uphill when it’s really going downhill and vice versa. A car without its brakes on, will look as if it’s rolling uphill. The locals have believed that it was being pulled by a force, more specifically the force of electricity. The gravity hills, in reality, are optical illusions created when the horizon is obstructed.

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13. Spook Hill, Lake Wales, Florida

This is also a gravity hill that confuses people. Locals say that it’s the spirit of either an alligator or a Native American chief that is the force behind it. According to the story, the chief fought the alligator in attempts to stop it from scaring his land.

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14. Moncton Magnetic Hill, New Brunswick, Canada

Cars in this hill roll uphill just like in the aforementioned cases. It has been a tourist destination for over 80 years.

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You might also be interested in: 25 Optical Illusions That Will Mess With Your Eyesight.


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