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Kokichi Sugihara’s Impossible Rooftop & Folding Ladder Illusions

File under impossible objects, this is the Impossible Rooftop Illusion or "Anti-Gravity Two Sided Roof" by Meiji University's Professor Kokichi Sugihara in 2013. Using computer software, Sugihara creates award-winning...

The Crazy Circle Illusion: How are these dots moving?

In this Brusspup mind-bender, you may think you see a circle of eight white dots rotating around the inside of a larger red circle, but you're actually witnessing something else, and you may not believe it unless you ...

Bernard Pras’ anamorphic portrait of Ferdinand Cheval

At the at Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, in Hauterives, France, there's a piece by French painter, photographer and sculptor Bernard Pras that transforms seemingly broken objects into a portrait of French postman and...

OK Go: The Writing’s on the Wall

A four-minute, epic one-take video that adds to their highly ambitious visual collection of music, this is OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall. The series of forced perspective and anamorphic illusions, with a few gravi...

Amelymeloptical Illusion: A ring performance

Amelymeloptical Illusion, a seemingly simple yet enthralling rings performance from French juggler Lindzee Poi.

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Here’s a perception-bending video from 2012 by Rube Goldberg machine specialists 2D House: Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg. How do you think they do it? There are always more Rube Goldber...

A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking

Above, A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking. Cloaking is a term for hiding an object from view at specific frequencies, but evidently one can cloak things DIY-style with four mirrors a...

Supermajor: Is this oil really flowing backwards into the oil can?

Here’s an excellent discussion starter: What is happening to the liquid in this video? Is it really flowing backwards? Up into the oil can?? This is Supermajor, a project by teacher and artist Matt Kenyon that ...

French magic champion Yann Frisch

This is French “magic” champion Yann Frisch. Yann started juggling and practicing slight of hand at 10 years old and joined a circus school at the age of 17. He now is well-known f...

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions

There’s nothing that twists the mind quite like an optical illusion and this one is pretty great. From Brusspup, who has previously created scanimation toys (among many other optical tricks), check out the video...

Ray Villafane turns pumpkins into artfully carved Jack-o’-lanterns

Ray Villafane's day job is as a action-figure character sculptor, but every Halloween brings out a completely new side of his sculpting work. This video from The Wall Street Journal show’...

Impossible motion illusions by Kokichi Sugihara

Kokichi Sugihara at Meiji University in Kawasaki, Japan, has been using computer software to bring impossible drawings to life. The video above shows some of the objects he has made moving in ways that appear to d...

Making Of… Moray McLaren – We Got Time

Created, drawn and colored by the director David Wilson, this “how to” about the making of a music video is an excellent primer for how the praxinoscope works.

Paper engineer Matthew Shlian: Flipbook & paper installations

A flip book video by paper engineer, TEDx speaker, and artist Matt Shlian, who also makes paper sculptures and videos of his intricate flip books and small paper installations. A few favorites are here, here and (don...

How to make your own thaumatrope

Cut out a white cardboard circle. On the front, draw something on the left. On the back, draw something upside down on the right. Punch two holes in the sides of the circle, as shown above, and thread string through e...

The Phonotrope (formerly the Phonographantasmascope)

This video (which picks up at about 40 seconds) is by the fascinating Jim Le Fevre,” a BAFTA and British Animation Award winning free-lance film maker mostly working in animation” who experiments with (wha...

The praxinoscope

This is a praxinoscope. It was invented in France in 1877 by Charles-Émile Reynaud. Like the zoetrope, it used a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder. The praxinoscope improved...

Pixar’s Zoetrope and how animation works

An introduction to the zoetrope from the team at Pixar, who wanted to show exactly how animation works. In 3D. The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. On the inner surface of ...