Rethinking the Family Portrait: Our Day at the Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum - Shrink

After several months of not having a single photo together, I’d say my family and I finally got to declare sweet revenge. Two hours, three albums, and 200+ pictures later, we could say that revenge was best served in a myriad of poses.

Trick Eye Museum - Swimming

What is it, and is it for you?

In a word, the Trick Eye Museum is a photo-op-palooza. Yes, you have to accept there is a market out there for people who just really want to be in kick-ass photos, and it is very possible that you might even be one of them.

My sister, the action star
My sister, the action star

Instead of the boring shots where you just stand and smile next to famous landmarks, these museum lets you interact with your scenery. Backdrops and props are all there for the taking; your only limit is your imagination. The museum lets you walk into several worlds — of safaris, fairy tales, winter wonderlands, and more. The back-stories of the ‘mini-studios’ are surreal by themselves, but it is ultimately up to your creativity and acting-chops to give them the extra oomph.

Trick Eye Museum - Meal

Pulling off an epic shot in the Trick Eye Museum is a great test of teamwork, as everyone has to commit to the story being told for it to work. That being said, it may be tricky to go solo, as some shots only make sense if taken at certain angles.

Needless to say, if you hate getting your picture taken, then maybe you might want to skip a visit here. If you do get dragged by a photo-fanatic loved one, then you can entertain yourself by watching group after group attempt their own interpretation of a scene, which is quite fun in itself.

Teaching old dogs new tricks

My family was on a short visit to Singapore, and we dropped by the Trick Eye Museum not quite knowing what to expect. In our bunch, there was me, my sister, and my 21-year old niece, who already have some gigabytes of wacky shots under our belts. Our mom also joined us, and I was a bit unsure whether she’d be game for a few hours of taking photo after photo of the same people every 2 minutes.

Apparently, I had nothing to worry about:

Trick Eye Museum - Fly Me to The Moon

Yup, there's no question where we got the kooki-ness from.
Yup, kookiness is indeed encouraged in this family.

Taking staged photos may not be the within the definition of fun for some people, but surprisingly, my family had a blast unleashing the wacky kids in us together. Instead of just popping our heads into funny cardboard body-cutouts (like we used when we were young), we were taking cheesy shots to a whole new level.

"Flounder! Sebastian! I'm ready for our production number now!"
“Flounder! Sebastian! I’m ready for our production number now!”
For someone trapped in a snowglobe, I'm awfully excited.
For someone trapped in a snowglobe, I’m awfully excited.
My sister Tina's rendition of Free Willy
My sister Tina’s rendition of Free Willy
Mush!
Mush!
I have no idea which movie or fairy tale this is, but it's pretty rad.
I have no idea which movie or fairy tale this is, but it’s pretty rad.
I think I'm up for another career change.
This tutu looks cute… I think I’m up for another career change.

At some point, you realize that success in life doesn’t mean growing up as this illustrious adult, surrounded by a throng of admirers who stand in awe as you juggle work, love and life flawlessly.

It’s about surrounding yourself with loved ones who accept and, at times, even encourage your quirkiness. People you would do the exact same thing for. If there’s one key to achieving happiness, it will all about nurturing your relationships with these kindred souls.

Up, up and away --- onto more adventures!
Up, up and away — onto more adventures!


The Trick Eye Museum is tucked away at one corner of the Waterfront in Sentosa, right around the corner from Slappy Cakes, and right beside Aston’s. A ticket costs 25 SGD per adult (as of Sept 2014), and the museum is open from 10 am to 9 pm daily. I’d recommend coming early to avoid being rushed through the mini-studios.

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