Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Draw some pants or find a pants photo in a magazine.
The illusion that the tiny pants “fit” is based on the way you perceive size and distance.
With both eyes open, you can perceive depth—so if an object is farther away, your brain tells you that it’s larger.
When you close one eye, you impair your depth perception, so your brain can’t easily tell that your friend is much bigger than the pants.
It depends on the size and length of the pants, and on how far the pants are from your eye.
Try making two pairs of tiny pants, one twice as big as the other. Measure how far away your friend has to stand for each pair to fit.
You’ll find that your friend needs to stand half as far away when the pants are twice as big. If the pants were four times as big, your friend would need to stand one-fourth of the distance away.
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