Seeing double. Sometimes two people can look the same. That’s what twins, clones, lookalikes, doppelgängers, body doubles, and dead ringers are all about.
This can’t be good. In folklore and fiction, duplicate characters are always sinister. A look-alike doesn’t glide into your life to enhance your résumé or help you with tedious chores. Instead, a clone is likely to steal your career, hijack your friends, and abscond with your favorite jacket.
Not all bad. One good thing about physically identical characters is this. They have made a lot of books, movies, and conspiracy theories more interesting. Wikipedia has an impressively long list.
Many plots hinge on the ability of someone to differentiate the duplicate from the original. So spotting look-alikes is a useful skill everyone should practice. It’s not easy. For example, Dolly Parton claims that she once lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest. If identifying clones was easy, that couldn’t happen.
My latest Kickstarter project—the Evil Twins jigsaw puzzle can help you sharpen your look-alike recognition skills. This +750-piece puzzle has hundreds of faces from my sketchbooks. Many of them are twins. I counted more than 90 pairs and even a few triples. And I may have missed some.
So the puzzle presents a double challenge—first, assembling the puzzle and then, finding all the look-alikes. (There’s also a 100-piece bonus mystery puzzle included for anyone who wants an additional challenge.)