The Steps of Insanity Illusion [Video]

Submitted by: flagler 7 years ago in Misc

Check out this video and try and figure out how the illusion is pulled off. Then feel stupid when the trick"s revealed.
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Female 2
Oh, I get it!

I had to pause it and stare at it

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Male 83
... I am now one minute closer to death without any just cause.... thanks...
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Female 169
WHAT A$$#OLE DIDNT SEE THAT WHEN FIRST IT CAME ON?
DUH
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Male 1,918
saw it instantly
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Male 132
I think im missing something here...
What is supposed to be so cool about this?
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Male 291
Stupid, my right brain figured it out about 2 seconds in
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Male 10,440
I don`t get it, a cardboard staircase on a black background with a pencil glued to it. What`s so alluding about that?
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Male 84
If I was stoned I would`ve been like "Wooooaaahhh man"

But I am not.

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Female 107
What the heck was the illusion? It was a pencil on paper stairs... I dun gettid.
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Male 131
Laaaaaaaame!
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Female 5,222
shweet
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Male 4,680
I got that 10 seconds into the video :l My mind has hardened over seeing all these illusions.
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Male 152
massive fail, i see nothing out of the ordinary :S
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Female 34
It`s not that difficult... at all in fact.
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Male 2,551
Aw, I thought I was clever for seeing passed the illusion first off. D:
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Male 65
oh, now i get it!! =P
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Male 65
seriously what ilusion?? i don`t see anything!!
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Male 2,220
maybe if the pencil`s end wasn`t on the `side` of the step it would work better?
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Male 2,220
Why would a rational mind see this any other way than the obvious?

Weed must be getting stronger...

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Male 2,220
Erm, what illusion?
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Male 1,931
After you figure it out, you can never see the illusion again. At least that`s how it is for me.
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Male 116
Yeah, I kind of figured this one out immediately. I don`t even see the illusion in this.
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Male 9,305
"Woah.... that blew my mind!!
I`m so glad I`m stoned right now and did`nt do something stupeed like read the comment before watchin that.
I love illoushuns.
Oh and to HKelch> "fail" ......youu fail better dude! yes you dew"

Okay guys, new rule. No drunk or weed posts. -_-

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Female 4,028
Woo! I figured it out before they revealed! I feel clever, kind of.
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Male 95
i love how when you watch the first time and see what it actually looks like. when you watch it the second time it just stays that way. So now i don`t see the illusion lol
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Male 271
The lighting messed it up badly, you can see the diagonal shadows on the "side" of the steps, also this person should`ve drawn black on the top edge there, making it white just ruins it.
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Male 820
wait, what is supposed to be weird here?
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Male 15
I don`t get the `trick`. It`s just a pencil and some paper, watched it twice and nothing :/
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Male 220
Uh, I don`t even know what the "weird" way was supposed to be.. It was extremely obvious as to what it was...
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Male 1,256
I knew it!
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Male 2,344
I saw it after a couple of seconds.

That`s pretty cool. :O

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Male 845
i immediately saw the trick, then i couldnt make my eyes look at it the weird way
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Female 523
lol that`s weird!
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Male 25,417
Still messes with my head!
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Female 261
@ateddybear: Thank you for saying so, nice to know I`m not the only one!
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Male 13
Don`t get it, looked the same whole time was something supposed to happen
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Male 4,807
Woah.... that blew my mind!!
I`m so glad I`m stoned right now and did`nt do something stupeed like read the comment before watchin that.
I love illoushuns.
Oh and to HKelch> "fail" ......youu fail better dude! yes you dew
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Male 1,196
wow. that is trippy
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Male 2,576
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Male 113
fail
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Male 363
oh i get it, it seems like 3d paper stairs but its just a piece of paper. twas aiight.
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Male 626
I saw no illusion??
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Female 509
s`alright.
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Male 480
illusion fail
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Male 84
well it certainly tricked me. sorry to those of you who saw it right first.
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Male 633
where is the illusion?
lame
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Female 340
kinda dumb.
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Male 964
What am i looking for?
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Male 310
that was lame as poo!
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Male 2,549
Hmm_Steps of insanity indeed...I`m going insane from trying to find the illusion.
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Male 126
midniterun is really on a sass-capade
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Male 5,194
Lousy. Saw it for what it was BEFORE I could see what it was suppose to be.

Say, that`s a great line for a song.

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Female 178
wtf was the illusion
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Male 1,452
i shouldn`t read the killjoy comments on IAB after i watch something epic
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Male 193
figured it out before the trick behind the illusion was shown
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Male 72
I was about to call this the worst illusion ever, but the fact that there is nothing illusory about a piece of paper with a pencil on it, leads me to just call this worst video of the day.
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Female 90
I second what Trumple07 says..
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Female 15,763
It kept switching back and forth and then my eyes were hurting.

o_O

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Female 64
What illusion?
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Male 569
ahhh once you see it you can`t unsee it
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Male 322
...There was an illusion here?
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Male 422
So..its a pencil leaning on a bit of card cut out like a stair, proped on one corner :S I dont gettit
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Female 136
damn, I feel stupid
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Male 749
I figured it out! I didn`t have to feel stupid.
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Male 535
I pretty much have to force myself to see this one, going slightly crosseyed and looking at it with peripheral vision. The biggest issue is the perspective of the far side of the stairs when the illusion is in it`s "active" state - the far side seems wider then the close side, and my brain immediately says "nuh huh can`t happen" and shows me what`s really there. Kind of annoying actualy. =/

They should hav cut the "far side" stairs at an angle to complete the illusion more... erm... completely.

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Male 354
ok either i knew exactly what was going from the start.... either that or i just dont see an illusion cause yea.... i dont get the illusion...
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Male 12,138
[quote]and you absolutely have to close one eye while viewing it. [/quote]

Close one eye? F*ckberries. That would explain what I was doing wrong then. Damn you, parallax!

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Male 294
what illusion is there?
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Male 4,745
davymid:
That`s like that creepy dragon thing where you move and its head "follows" you

Yeah, I`m sad enough to have actually MADE that bad boy from the template. Let me assure you, it`s more meh in real life than it is on a vid.
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Actually, when done right, it looks amazing! You have to remember to make the cut up to the white dot and you absolutely have to close one eye while viewing it.

It looks every bit as good as it does in the video. You should give it a second try!

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Male 672
Figured it out, and then I couldn`t see it anymore :(
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Female 1,306
It looked weird for a second, then my brain figured it out and I couldn`t see anything else but the real thing. Still kinda cool.
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Male 7,817
that was pretty cool
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Female 9,561
Got it!
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Male 12,138
[quote]That`s like that creepy dragon thing where you move and its head "follows" you[/quote]

Yeah, I`m sad enough to have actually MADE that bad boy from the template. Let me assure you, it`s more meh in real life than it is on a vid.

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Male 3,014
I figured it out from the start. Boring.
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Female 96
I don`t see an illusion...?
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Female 126
That`s like that creepy dragon thing where you move and its head "follows" you
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Male 1,815
cooooooooool
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Female 355
That did not trick me /at all/. I saw it from the beginning. I thought they hadn`t started the illusion yet or something.
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Male 50
I still don`t get it.
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Male 383
uhh... i didn`t see any illusion...
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Male 442
Nice effect playing with the lack of 3d depth perception
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Male 358
It just looks like a cardboard cutout with a pencil in it to me. What`s the illusion supposed to be?
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Male 17,512
I don`t see the "Illusion" here. Guess I`m getting used to seeing through these sort of things.
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Male 1,929
Wow, of all the things I was thinking, that never entered my head. Mindf*ck.
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Male 25,417
Nice!
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Female 635
It`s a cardboard model. 3D, not 2D. Duh :/
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Male 265
Eh, not really that trippy, it`s easier to catch if you put it on full screen.
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Male 26
Awesome. I could tell what it was before he turned the camera around though. Pretty predictable (like the einstein face).
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Male 321
Link: The Steps of Insanity Illusion [Video] [Rate Link] - Check out this video and try and figure out how the illusion is pulled off. Then feel stupid when the trick`s revealed.
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