In this video TV iIllusionist Dynamo has revealed the secrets behind some pretty impressive illusions all made using a phone camera.
Surprisingly, the illusionist hasn’t broken the Magic Circle code even though he reveals how to ‘levitate’, walk through a wall of water or be dwarfed by a pint glass, reports the Mirror.
Thanks to a mixture of ‘forced perspective’ techniques combined with a handful of props and toys, the resulting images are spectacular.
The Godzilla Illusion
To create the impression he is a Godzilla-like giant wreaking havoc on London, Dynamo collected some toy vehicles and shot from a distance.
The Pub Chair Illusion
The seat of the chair is actually a separate component which is put further back in the shot which when lined up makes whoever is sitting on it look tiny.
The Wall Of Water
To make it appear like he he was walking through a wall of water, the magician had to commandeer a swimming pool and lay on his back on a giant mirror.
I wanted to try a really cool shot using water, and just by flipping the orientation of the image, I was able to create this incredible image of me walking out of a wall of water.
Creating the illusion that you are standing on a ledge is all about finding the right location, in this case, a concrete bench. The paper aeroplane really adds to the shot casting shadows and confusing the orientation.
The BMX Jump
Using some very clever camera work, you can actually become the ultimate extreme sports star – all you need is your imagination and a birds-eye view
This is by far the easiest illusion of the set but it’s still brilliantly effective and very easy to create, shooting from a low angle and positioning the boots to line with your feet – simple!
If you haven’t guessed already this involves a trampoline a decent stretch of sky and trying to look like you are walking rather than jumping!Advertisement
According to Dynamo all you need to recreate these is a mobile phone camera. I would argue that a crew, some pretty specific props and exclusive access to the required locations is also incredibly useful though…