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Title: US5224901: Apparatus and method for displaying an anamorphic illusion
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Dahl, Robert M.; Sun Valley, CA
Werner, John A.; Sunland, CA
Cotter, Joseph P.; Pasadena, CA
Haro, Edmond J.; La Crescenta, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1993-07-06 / 1992-06-09

Application Number: US1992000895773

IPC Code: Advanced: G09F 19/12;
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IPC-7: G09F 1/00;

U.S. Class: Current: 472/063; 040/433; 040/474;
Original: 472/063; 040/433; 040/474;

Field of Search: 472/063,61,57 040/474,427,433,434 359/857,849,850,839

Priority Number:
1992-06-09  US1992000895773

Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying an anamorphic illusion utilizes two flat disks, each having different unrecognizable images on their top surfaces. A reflecting surface is positioned perpendicular to the disks. A viewer is able to see a recognizable composite reflected image of the two unrecognizable images by looking at the reflecting surface from any position around the circumference of the apparatus. Rotational motion is imparted to one of the two disks, creating an animated display on the reflecting surface. In another embodiment of the invention, lighting is added above and underneath the disks to illuminate the display and create a vivid and eye-catching attraction under any lighting conditions.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Erbe, Richard S. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Chilcot, Jr., Richard E.; Nguyen, Kien

Maintenance Status: E1 Expired  Check current status

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Family: None

First Claim:
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We claim:     1. An apparatus for providing a viewer with an anamorphic illusion of a scene comprised of reflected images showing recognizable subject matter making up the scene derived from anamorphic depictions of the subject matter which would be unrecognizable to the viewer, the apparatus providing relative movement between different portions of the subject matter in the scene, the apparatus comprising:
  • a base;
  • a generally vertical reflecting surface, configured as a volume of revolution about a vertical axis, supported by said base;
  • a transparent, generally horizontal first surface supported by said base extending around said reflecting surface adjacent its lower end extending outwardly therefrom;
  • a generally horizontal second surface supported by said base, said second surface spaced closely beneath and extending generally coextensively with said first surface;
  • means supporting said surfaces for relative rotation between said surfaces about said vertical axis of said reflecting surface;
  • anamorphic depictions of first subject matter on said first surface positioned to produce reflected images of said first subject matter in said reflecting surface, the relationship between the anamorphism of said depictions and the configuration of said reflecting surface being selected to cause the reflected images to provide a recognizable image of said first subject matter to the viewer;
  • anamorphic depictions of a second subject matter on said second surface positioned to produce reflected images of said second subject matter in said reflecting surface, the relationship between the anamorphism of said depictions of said second subject matter and the configuration of said reflecting surface being selected to cause the reflected images to provide a recognizable depiction of said second subject matter to the viewer; and
  • rotation means connected to at least one of said surfaces for causing relative rotation between said surfaces to cause the reflections of said second subject matter perceived by the viewer to rotate relative to the reflected images of said first subject matter.


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Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • M. Schuyt and J. Elffsers, Anamorphoses, Games of Perception And Illusion in Art, Harry N. Abrahams, Inc. (1976) FIGS. 4, 67 (no page Nos.).


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