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This article is about the book item. For the literature based on the item, see The Illusion of Living (Literature).

"We hope you'll enjoy the closing pages of our employee manual, excerpted from The Illusion of Living by Joey Drew, his acclaimed memoir and guide to animation."
Joey Drew Studios Employee Handbook, page 194

The Illusion of Living is a memoir written by animation studio owner Joey Drew. The book describes Joey Drew's life, along with the philosophy of making animated cartoons, ranging from the logic of animations to drawing Joey Drew Studios' cartoon characters in the owner's way.

General Description


The cover of the book is black, with a yellow outline, which contains the title, Joey Drew's name, and a pair of horns. The back cover is also pitch black. The pages appear to again, be black.


  • Introduction
  • The Illusion of Living: Part 1 - The What
  • The Illusion of Living: Part 2 - Bendy
  • A Question of Reality - Chapter 1: Shoes Make the Man
  • A Question of Reality - Chapter 2: The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • A Question of Reality - Chapter 3: The Initials
  • A Question of Reality - Chapter 4: Sparkle Unicorn
  • Rule #1: Your Animations Should Be Fluid
  • Rule #2: Your Animations Should (Mostly) Obey the Laws of Physics
  • Rule #3: Your Animations Should Control the Camera
  • Rule #4: Your Animations Should Be Aware of Their Environment
  • Rule #5: Your Animations Should Be Punctual
  • Rule #6: Your Animations Should Vary
  • Rule #7: Your Animations Should Haunt People
  • Animating Bendy
  • Bendy's Character
  • Animating Boris the Wolf
  • Animating Alice Angel[1]

Note: this will have more items when the real-life version is released

Usage and Locations

Bendy and the Ink Machine

The book found inside the Lunch Room.

The book first appeared in Chapter 1: Moving Pictures. It is one of the six items Henry must collect to fix the Ink Machine. The book is located in the Lunch Room, on a table piled with several other books.

The book later makes a numerous amount of cameos from the second to fifth chapter. However, none of them can be unobtained:


General Facts

  • The book's title is a reference to "The Illusion of Life", a Walt Disney animation book written by two long-term animators, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, who were also two of Disney's Nine Old Men.
  • There is an actual book with the same name coming out in 2021.
  • The Illusion of Living was published in 1942 in the in-game universe.

In-Game Facts

  • The book in the foyer location.

    In older updates for Chapter 1: Moving Pictures before the release of Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders, the book localization was randomized.


Description Audio
The current sound produced when the book is collected.
The sound produced when placing the book on the pedestal in the break room.
The old sound produced when the book is collected.



Real Life Version

Bendy: The Illusion Of Living

Bendy and the Ink Machine items
Objective items Bendy DollBookDoor LeverDry CellEnd ReelExtra-Thick InkGearInk HeartInkwellWally's KeysPipeRecordSpecial GearTurnwheelValve CoreWrench
Non-objective items Bacon SoupBoneDiscThick Ink