Escher`s Waterfall

Submitted by: almightybob1 6 years ago in Weird

Anyone know how this was done? Because my brain is melting.
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Male 371
1:14 to 1:16 when he walks past the contraption - his shadow doesn`t hit all the columns at the same time.

Optical illusion.
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Male 1,582
It`s an optical illusion retard
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Male 755
Move the camera two feet to the left.
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Female 1
if you look at the pillars, you can see that something`s fishy
also - there`s a lot of water on the ground.. that`s because the water does not fall on the wheel...
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Male 3,076
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Male 228
HE`S A WITCH!

BURN HIM! BURN HIM!
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Male 24
Its just built in a strange scale to give that perception from that particular angle. Viewed from any other angle it would look like some whack structure.
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Male 50
i`m just waiting for someone to scream "it`s a fake", as if it is some sort of revelation and we have all been taken in lol. of course its a fake although i have to admit it`s a very clever Illusion.
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Female 11
There is only one explanation...

THIS IS THE WORK OF SORCERY.
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Male 474
oh yeah, not too mention how much water continues to move through the device as opposed to the volume of the initial container
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Male 226
The water on the Garage floor suggests that maybe, the water isn`t hitting the wheel at all, rather something else is spinning the wheel.

and those sounds at the end of the video, happen at a timely manner, sounds like something is being filled up and tipped over. I`m going to figure this out if it kills me.
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Male 474
This is pretty cool, but a few problems:
1. The odd behavior of shadows and what appears to be a brief refraction of light, as if a mirror is concealed out of frame to the left.
2. Why is the wheel turning if the lower section is actually higher, or if it is on a flat plane.
These things lead me to conclude the video is a deliberate and well thought out hoax. It`s not possible to build a structure that works like this in this plane of existence.
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Male 85
great illusion! but since there is no shadow caused from the waterfall the water must be traveling on a flat plane, therefore i deduce, watson, that physics still wins in life.
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Male 226
@kribbe, that still doesn`t explain how the water coming from the higher section, by your explanation lower than the bottom section, drops onto the wheel to make it spin.
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Male 50
Genius!
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Male 2,005
at 1:14 he casts a shadow at it and the middle section gets shadowed before the top part, therefore the "low part" is higher up than the other parts.
but because the other parts are smaller, it looks like the water is flowing upwards
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Male 299
take away the pillars and you can see that it`s just going down a slight slope and it`s on the ground the whole time.
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Male 80
Isn`t it funny how humans will qeustions proven truths of reality when confrotned with an impressive illusion?
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Male 38
Oh no i think it broke crazy stairs
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Male 260
holy bejeebers! either that guy can make water run uphill or this is total bs!
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Male 256
I did notice a few things however:
1. the water on the far back ramp looks strange as it flows
2. He walks around it weird as if to avoid casting a shadow
3. when he does cast a shadow while he is walking back with the water it passes on the back ramp before it passes anything else. when it does pass the rest it passes it all. I think the back ramp might be CGI and there is a pump that is being concealed.
why blue water?
why multiple light sources?
why the strange path around the object?
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Male 2,506
No way... o.O Infinite energy? COULD IT BE? I was like 8) "It`s an illusion using prespective it`s actually going downhill" til it started pouring on itself..
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Male 256
dats da debil bobby
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Male 1,744
hook a damn generator up to that bitch!
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Male 4,393
magic....
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Male 515
I think he solved perpetual motion some how.
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Male 698
It can`t be a perpetual motion machine!!!
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Male 1,256
Probably real.
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Male 809
cgi
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Male 5,194
Sorcery! Witchcraft!
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Male 769
all that blue liquid - is this a tampon commercial?
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Male 2,688
@pomokey

Not CGI, but rather intelligent placement of the camera BEFORE the project was started... Its the camera angle (or as Padiddle said, perspective) that creates the illusion...
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Male 770
Somehow I just know duck tape and tequila are involved.
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Male 95
any video that starts out with the person in front of the camera turning it on, then doing something that could clearly have been done before starting the camera, and then somethign amazing happens, is without doubt 100% of the time CGI/editing.
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Female 96
It`s Voodoo, I tell you! I`ve seen this type of thing before!
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Female 192
It`s a perspective trick. There are probably independent pieces imposed to look like it`s flowing upward.
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Male 4,004
My mind hurts.
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Female 2,927
perception is a deviant b*tch
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Male 133
Fake or not, that guy is now a government target for showing he has a perpetual motion device.
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Male 15,510
In the name of Zeus, what kind of treachery is this???
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Male 22
If this was possible, I want one...

Put a dynamo on the wheel and voila --> Free energy...
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Male 153
I believed it until I read the comments, I thought it was an optical illusion like the impossible triangle.
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Male 11,740
He`s SATAN!!!!
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Male 50
That`s definitely CG. Look how fake the water is going "up" the ramp.
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Male 1,299
It`s digital...

I go to school for media arts and all the guys in the 3D department have something like this in their portfolio`s...
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Male 1,081
I tried to figure something out about this by looking at how his shadow fell on the thing, but that just made me a bit more confused.
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Male 359
Well done.
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Male 795
At first I thought, "big deal the it`s an optical illusion, the planks are slightly pitched flat on the floor."

But then a waterfall started. /brain melt
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Male 6,694
Its all smoke and mirrors. i call shenanigans
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Male 142
Yeah this is fake because perpetual motion is impossible.
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Male 440
The shop was done in your brain. :-)
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Male 440
Clearly the place under the wooden shelf where he pours the water is a hidden resovoir. If I was doing this I would pump the water from there up behind the vertical post using a small electric pump as used in water features.

The water running along the channel runs to the end and just stops where it is. The moving water is only the waterfall.

The trick is to time the pump so that it delivers water to the top of the waterfall at the perfect moment. Not difficult if you remember water conducts electricity.
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Male 440
Most of this is possible by positioning the camera so that the channels are almost flat but appear to be sloping upwards from that one view point.

The vertical posts help the illusion and a clever man might run a small hose behind one of them to allow pumped water to be carried to the top and then fall down onto the wheel completing the illusion.

The pump would need to be hidden also. Move the camera to the left or right and the illusion is shattered.
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Male 25,416
Im thinking its trickery
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Female 397
i think the camera is set up in such a way as to make it look taller than it really is.(?)
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Male 113
problem, energy companies?
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Male 379
magnets... definitely magnets.
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Male 76
perpetual motion?
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Male 4,793
"even if it wasn`t fake it couldn`t be perpetual motion, as he had to introduce the blue liquid to start it, True Perpetual Motion needs no human interaction to start or sustain its self. Otherwise Newton balls would be Perpetual motion"

false. You may have human interaction to start the motion. It just has to go forever.
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Male 4,793
Not sure how he did it but it is definitely fake, or else this guy discovered something better than perpetual motion, perpetual energy output. (the turning wheel could turn a turbine, forever, if this were true) sadly it is not true :(
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Male 289
@3002-3038

even if it wasn`t fake it couldn`t be perpetual motion, as he had to introduce the blue liquid to start it, True Perpetual Motion needs no human interaction to start or sustain its self. Otherwise Newton balls would be Perpetual motion.
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Male 4
Simple. He built the wooden structure and then just video edited the water going up the structure and probably just had the water wheel on a battery operated thing.
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Male 14
the water running through the `channels` isn`t water. Look very closely I think it is animated. Could be wrong. Clever though
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Male 426
"its an optical illusion the path is flat "
explain how the water falls of the edge, how does the wheel spin and how does the water continue to flow? On a flat path.
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Male 1,929
Very good job lol. Confusing for people with little faith in the power of `shop.
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Male 1,244
u jelly
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Female 631
it`s a trick with perspective. and probably also fake somehow. otherwise this guy would have figured out perpetual motion.
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Male 158
It`s the work of the DEVIL!
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Male 36
its an optical illusion the path is flat
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Male 421
Well it`s likely a perspective trick, his shadow does not line up with the piece at all.
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Male 1,548
not saying this is how he did it, but it could be that the right half is filmed in reverse and cleverly spliced with the left half.
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Female 535
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Female 121
Haaaaaaaaax.
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Male 593
I feel like repeatedly pounding my head into the desk till i figure it out
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Male 2,868
Pshh. SO OBVIOUS. It`s magic.
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Male 880
Excellent visual effects.
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Male 683
After effects. Thats how.
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Male 586
Magic obviously... that and special FX.
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Female 1,205
holy crap, that`s awesome!
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Female 2,764
owch brain fried
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Female 240
nothing there..
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Male 4,290
Link: Escher`s Waterfall [Rate Link] - Anyone know how this was done? Because my brain is melting.
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