Techniques to Deceive

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Did you know that the higher windows on the Disney Castle was purposefully made smaller so that the tower could look taller? Well I didn’t know either.

Disney World in Florida had a height restriction for their Cinderella’s Castle. So they used forced perspective to make it look taller. As tourists we assume that the lower windows and the upper windows are the same size but the upper ones look smaller because they are high up on the castle. It is true the higher ones would look smaller, but upper windows were purposely made smaller than the lower windows forcing us to interpret the castle as being taller than it actually is.

That’s a really interesting detail. A lot more of these tactics of persuasion – to lead the viewers into believing in something more desired/positive – are right here on this page. We might be familiar with the concept behind many of them, such as product placement, perspective play and ‘selective honesty’ – but it’s still rather fascinating to see how it actually manifests in actual examples.

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