Devil’s Fork — The Master of All Illusions
Bottom-down processing and top-down processing are two ways your mind uses to process an object. The devil’s fork illusion tricks them both into believing something that’s not really there. The reality behind the figure is that the top plane of the outermost prism transforms into the farthest spike. Conversely, the plane in plain view of the viewer takes shape of an empty space.
Finally, the empty space between the prisms creates the third spike, located in the center. No matter from which angle you view it from or how many times you view it, you’ll see two different images each time. So, how did this illusion come to being? The origins of this illusion dates back to a magazine.
Devil’s Fork made headlines in 1965 when it was published on the cover of Mad magazine. Although the figure was already known in 1964, it wasn’t until the next year that the phenomenon really took hold of people’s minds. The figure made waves because it was the ultimate trickster. The inability to interpret the shape correctly shot the figure to fame.
Soon, artists such as M.C. Echer began to incorporate the three-dimensional figure in many of their drawings. The illusion managed to capture the attention of not just renowned artists, but people alike. The illusion amazed people, leaving them in awe and wanting to know the secret behind it.
The Devil’s Fork will leave some people doubting the number of cylindrical spikes it has. Some people think the illusion has only two spikes, as it’s tricking their mind to seeing three. In fact, the illusion was created using three cylindrical spikes, which you can clearly see if you cover the base of the illusion.
Depending on which angle you view it from; you’ll sometimes see a fork, but feel as if the central cylindrical spike is disappearing, but if viewed from another angle, you’ll see that the fork has all its cylindrical spikes.
Devil’s Fork illusion is a one of a kind illusion that’s known by several names such as Poiuyt, Devil's Fork or Widget. However, for some people, this illusion is a mystery, an undecipherable figure, an impossible object, and an optical illusion like no other. So far, whosever viewed the Devil’s Fork illusion has been left in awe as their mind tries to make sense of what it’s seeing.