At Creative Bloq, we love a good optical illusion and we’ve seen it in all forms. We’ve seen many optical illusions that trick our eyes into seeing movement where there isn’t or color changes that don’t exist.
But this one is a bit different, this optical illusion claims it can allow us to see an image in 3D – without the need for special 3D glasses. If you stare at the TikTok video below and focus one eye on each version of the video, you should be able to see that the subject appears to be coming out of the screen in a third frame (it looks like we have another one from our selection of the most popular optical illusions).
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Dean Jackson, also known as @beatonthebeeb (opens in new tab), is a TikTokker who regularly shares amazing optical illusions on TikTok. In this he shows two videos of the same scene side by side. The videos were shot from slightly different angles, and Jackson suggests that if we could get our brains to stitch them together, we should see a 3D image.
It may take a while to get there. You need to look straight at the screen so your left eye is on the left image and your right eye is on the right image. You then have to move the screen towards and away from you at varying distances until a third image appears midway between the two videos.
It worked for us. We find that once the third image starts appearing, it can help to blink quickly a few times until you feel comfortable and natural looking at the third 3D image, otherwise our eyes start to water ‘Cause we stare so hard Once you have it, it’s fairly easy to see, much like a Magic Eye autostereogram image.
Jackson explains that’s because the fact that the videos were shot from slightly different angles reflects the way our eyes typically see the world around us. Our left and right eyes give us slightly different views of the world, which our brain stitches together into a 3D image. If you watch two videos of the same scene from different angles, a similar process takes place. When we work on merging the images.
It’s a nice effect and TikTok loves it. “It worked! It was blurry at first but I managed to erase the image. Unbelievable how this is possible,” one person commented on the video, which has garnered over 80,000 likes and almost 10,000 comments. Some people even saw four pictures. Still, we think we’ll stick with 3D glasses for full-length movies.