The Ames Room Illusion
An Ames room is a distorted room that is used to create an
An Ames room is constructed so that from the front it appears
to be an ordinary cubic-shaped room, with a back wall and two
side walls parallel to each other and perpendicular to the
horizontally level floor and ceiling. However, this is a trick
of perspective and the true shape of the room is trapezoidal:
the walls are slanted and the ceiling and floor are at an
incline, and the right corner is much closer to the
front-positioned observer than the left corner (or vice versa).
As a result of the optical illusion, a person standing in one
corner appears to the observer to be a giant, while a person
standing in the other corner appears to be a dwarf. The illusion
is convincing enough that a person walking back and forth from
the left corner to the right corner appears to grow or shrink.
Check out these other Optical Illusions.