Face Swap Illusion

Face Swap Illusion

Can your eyes trick you? See for yourself with this experiment that will leave you questioning what you’re seeing! 

Ages:
9 - 16
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. mirrored sheets
  2. marker
  3. ruler
  4. craft knife
  5. popsicle sticks (2)
  6. friend
  7. reflective paper - optional
  8. scissors - optional
  1. Step 1

    Gather your materials. 

  2. Tip!

    It’s easier to use reflective paper and scissors instead of a mirrored sheet and a craft knife, but the image reflected on the paper will be less clear than the sheet.

  3. Step 2

    Flip a mirrored sheet over and draw a line every half-inch from left to right. 

  4. Step 3

    Draw a line half an inch from the top of the paper, and another a full inch from the top of the paper. Repeat on the bottom.

  5. Step 4

    Shade in the lines as pictured. 

  6. Step 5

    Use a craft knife to cut out the shaded areas. You may need a grown-up to assist you. 

  7. Step 6

    Remove the bottom inch and a half of backing on two of the vertical strips. Then, stick a popsicle stick to each of the exposed strips. These will be your handles.

  8. Step 7

    Turn the sheet over and peel off the clear protective plastic. 

  9. Hold the mirror in front of you. Then, have a friend stand behind the mirror. 

  10. Tilt the mirror so that your faces line up. It may take some adjusting - be patient! What do you see? 

  11. Learn More!

    Experiment further by taking the mirror to a grassy field! How does this change your portrait?