The Mystery Behind Oregon Vortex | An Optical Illusion or a Natural Phenomenon?

By: Sherwin in Strange-Odd News

Is Oregon Vortex just an optical illusion or is it a naturally occurring phenomenon?

We are used to seeing this kind of tricks in different amusement parks. We know them by several names but jointly they are known as Mystery Spots. This phenomenon or trick is also dubbed as 'alien vortex'. Mystery Spots were created during the Great Depression, a time when entertainment was just about the only industry that was still on the rise in America. It continues to draw several audience and enchant visitors to this day.


Most mystery spots share a basic presentation. You are shown into a special room or small cabin where the strange phenomenon occurs. You will see balls roll uphill, and water flow briskly up the spout. You watch ordinary chairs defy gravity and clings to the wall without support, while fellow visitors stand around at a very impossible angles.

These are sheer optical illusions and special effects that were done deliberately to delight the crowd. But what you don't know is that there is a factual incident where something close to this one actually occurs. It is known as OREGON VORTEX.

The Oregon Vortex is the name given to a naturally occurring physical phenomenon that can be observed in Gold Hill, Oregon, and it nearby spots. The vortex is being described as a spherical force field that causes objects to defy the laws of gravity. It covers a large area and every person standing on the grounds emerges to be leaning in one direction. It feels as if you are standing straight up, but your body is inclined towards the magnetic north or south. This creates an optical illusion that drastically changing a person’s height. Someone can walk across the grounds and it looks like they are shrinking or growing. The place became a tourist attraction now.

On their website, they describe such phenomenon as “a glimpse of a strange world where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed. It is an area of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena can be captured on film. No matter what your education or profession is, you will find a challenge to all your accepted theories.”




Good Day mates! I’m Sherwin, I am an Electrical Engineering student at Rizal Technological University. I love writing articles and editorials second only to reading interesting conspiracy theories. Feel free to contact me, if you find my opinions and articles a little bit offensive or unoriginal. Follow or add me @

Posted by on 04 Feb 2014

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