This week, we transport you to the world of Harry Houdini at the Museum of Illusions (MOI). MOI offers a fascinating visual, sensory and educational experience. There are over 70 visual and sensory tricks inside the museum designed to confuse your eyes and surprise your brain. We are excited to share this world of illusion with you, where a picture is worth a thousand words and an illusion hides most of them.
MOI is conveniently located on 14th Street and 8th Ave on the border of Chelsea and the West Village. Unlike other ephemeral pop-ups, this museum is here to stay and will be in NYC for 17 years. MOI is located in seven locations in the world including Zagreb and Zadar in Croatia, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat in Oman, Vienna and Ljubljana in Slovenia. This museum is not for the passive observer. Be an active participant and feel free to jump, run, scream and/or touch the exhibits. If you have trouble understanding the room, just ask the staff. They can guide you on how to pose and where to snap your Instagram-worthy photo.
Our first illusion was the chair illusion, where the person standing looks significantly larger than the person sitting in the chair.
At first glance, the Ames Room looks like an ordinary room. But when two people stand at each corner, one becomes a giant and the other a dwarf. When you walk from one corner to the other, people will either grow or shrink in this masterful forced perspective illusion.
In Kaleidoscope, you become the pattern instead of traditional colors or pearls.
At the poker table, you can play a hand with five versions of yourself.
In the Infinity Room, a set of mirrors creates an optical illusion of infinite space and reflections.
In the Rotated Room, we climbed the wall, posed like Spiderman and performed a handstand.
In the Color Room, you’ll see shadows of color. Our friend Fiona, struck and awesome yoga pose in this room.
Head on a platter anyone? In this illusion of a hidden body, nobody will be hurt and everyone will have fun.
In True Mirror, you can combine yourself with a friend and swap faces in this two way mirror.
So head over to the MOI for some sensory overload on psychology, math, architecture and art. Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for kids and the museum is open from 9AM to 10PM daily.
“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” -Michael Jordan