Does this impress you?


The wonderful Simon Singh sent me this clever little video….

Did it impress you?


49 comments on “Does this impress you?

  1. No, not in the slightest. Unless boredom and disgust would qualify as impressive.

  2. Paul Pearson says:

    QF, that was the first video you’ve sent that doesn’t impress. I want my 57 seconds back.

  3. Damocles says:

    The initial screen before you hit play gives the whole thing away and he’s a wee bit too much off at around 20 to 21 secs.

    Apart from that it’s okay. I guess.

  4. JimC says:

    It doesn’t blow me away, but I quite like it.

  5. akahai says:

    Dam your a hard audience :). I liked it

  6. John Loony says:

    No. It’s rubbish. What’s the point of it? Are we supposed to think that they are the woman’s arms? Even though we can clearly see the edges of her shouders and arms throughout?

  7. Only if he picks me up and spins me around next! Me next!! Me Next!!

  8. Thought it was faintly creepy – it looked odd and I wondered if the bloke was behind her.

  9. Nick says:

    It was fun and expressive. And might even get us thinking a bit, after all that’s one of the things art does. So, yeah, I like it., why not.

  10. joshthelegend says:

    I agree, the screen before you click play gives it all away. that means you look for her shoulders, etc, that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise

  11. Daddio says:

    Erm. I’m not sure that this is supposed to be an optical illusion or anything. It’s from the film Pena which is about contemporary dance (a good film if you like that kind of thing).

  12. Gouri al-Fahan says:

    Interesting idea, but even without the initial screen it´s too easy to spot. Use at bigger bodybuilder next time, and zoom out a little.

  13. Drew says:

    yes it is a fun video

  14. Jeffery Lay says:

    Clever idea, well executed. However, as others have said, it’s a shame the poster screen gives away the trick.

  15. Chris says:

    A weird advert for Special K

  16. Alan Jewell says:

    The trouble with it being posted here is that your correspondents all see it as a trick, to be guessed – like your Friday Puzzle and the optical illusions – hence comments about the initial screen shot ‘giving it away’.
    Just goes to show that context is everything: if Darcey Bussell had posted this clip, the comments would have been very different.
    Incidentally, I think it’s beautiful.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What does she hold in her hands in the first part ???

  18. Adzcliff says:

    Yeah, kinda good? Can’t be watched twice though…

  19. God, does everyone have to moan so much? I thought it was quite entertaining

  20. Lazy T says:

    Initially I thought the arms were hers but ‘not hers’ so I was surprised by the simplicity of the set up.

  21. David says:

    I thought it was lovely

    Spotted the ‘trick’ a couple of seconds before the reveal, but that didn’t make it any less enchanting.

  22. elsiem says:

    I agree with Alan Jewell, I think it’s a piece of art that doesn’t have to be “worked out”, and it’s absolutely lovely. Incidentally, I only spotted what was going on halfway through, but I think I would have liked it even if I’d known from the start.

  23. A nice piece of movement.
    I am more fascinated by the response here actually – they are the most interesting puzzle…

  24. John says:

    “A piece of art”? Thats a joke right?

    As an illusion, its shit, you can quite clearly see her arms.

  25. Pepijn says:

    It’s a nice act, and as well executed as possible I guess, but not an “illusion” (as Richard calls it in his tweet about this post). As pointed out many times, you can clearly see the edge of her shoulders, and you can clearly see his torso behind hers. I wasn’t surprised when the guy emerged from behind her, so as an illusion it is not impressive in the least and it has no place here.

  26. Zebulon Pike says:

    I don’t think it’s meant to “fool” anyone. The first time I saw it I rather liked it simply as an odd performance bit.

    Not sure where the negativity is coming from, you guys nkow it cool to just not like something right? That alone doesn’t make something “rubbish” or “shit”

    If I’m not mistaken this is from a new film by Wim Wenders.

  27. Geoff says:

    I liked it a lot. It was creepy looking and surprising. Upon 2nd viewing, it looked obvious but that’s the way the “element of surprise” works for magic, too.

  28. Of course you are not supossed to think those are her arms.
    It is a modern dance act, not a magic trick.

  29. FrankN.Stein says:

    It’s dance theater, not a magic show. It’s not supposed to be an optical illusion beyond a one second “what the… oh, I see” effect.

    That said, it didn’t impress the Oscar Academy, either, unfortunatly.

  30. livedman says:

    Two things entered my mind when I was watching the video 1) Looks like a man dressed like a female and 2) Her arms looks funny. Didn’t notice the outline of her arms until it was pointed out to me via the comments.

  31. Gail Hatton says:

    the beginning was obvious and not at all impressive, although the spin at the end was lovely to watch

  32. W says:

    it impressed me for about 2 seconds

  33. Adam says:

    It’s a well done and neat little video. As has been said, it’s not the standard illusion that we’re used to seeing Richard post, but it’s a fun video.

  34. Emma says:

    It’s like the cover of Bossypants by Tina Fey!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Seemed too obvious to me what was going on.

  36. significance says:

    Pretty, but obvious.

  37. AMWhy says:

    I was waiting for something special to happen. It didn’t.

  38. Merari says:

    My first thought that something was amiss but I couldn’t think of it immediately. I was surprised at my depth perception picking up on the arms being off in some way. Kind of cool…

  39. Peter says:

    Left me indifferent. I noticed the shadows in her left shoulder were off and that gave the game away before they even started moving.

  40. Marie says:

    I thought somebody must have been standing beside her. Still, quite nicely done though..

  41. Kelly says:

    I find this utterly beautiful and compelling. In addition to being gorgeous, thought-provoking choreography the facial acting done by the woman is flawless. It’s a change of pace from the type of thing Richard usually posts but a very welcome one.

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