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The Venus Effect is a phenomena in paintings and movies that leads viewers to believe that a subject sees themselves in a mirror, even if the angle is physically wrong. Technically, the subject would be seeing the viewer in the mirror if the viewer can see the reflection of the subject.

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– Modern mirrors are made with a backing of aluminum.

– Reflected words appear backwards because mirrors reflect front to back, like looking through the image ( not flipping right to left).

– Acoustic mirrors reflect sound instead of light, and were used as a pre-radar.

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