Elevator With No Floor? Go Ahead, Step Inside

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Sometimes things aren't what they appear to be, and here's a case in point: the floor of this elevator car is painted to give the illusion that there's no floor at all. It's a trompe l'oeil that's realistic enough to convince the roadrunner that there is indeed a tunnel on the side of the mountain, not just a painting by Wile E. Coyote.

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The artists sell the illusion really well, too, where there's even a sign warning you there's "work in progress." After a few people walk in, though, you'll be able to see the footprints, and the illusion might not be so convincing. But I'd still like to be the first one to step inside. Full-sized pics after the jump.

Elevator Floor Illusion [Hemmy.net, via Digg]

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technophobia, those are cool - I've seen one of them in person in London - but if you look at the images above you can see that the depth of the shadows in the shaft changes, depending on the angle. In the Chalk Drawing Illusions, the effect only works from one specific point, because that's not possible in a 2D image.