Topic: optical illusions

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How to draw a floating / levitating cube

Amaze friends and family with your version of this anamorphic optical illusion: a floating/levitating cube. Though it may take some practice to get the proportions and shading right, this 3D quick trick tutorial by ar...

How to make a Hollow Mask Illusion

How do we perceive faces? With some balloons, newspaper, some paste for paper mâché, and paints, you can create a hollow mask that appears to follow you as you move back and forth around the room. Rachel and her child...

You Can’t See This (Mind Tricks)

Our brains and eyes aren't always showing us everything that's available to see. Instead, learning, memory, and expectation changes our vision to fit as much as we can comprehend in any given moment. In this AsapScien...

Pattern distortions seen through a glass of water

Try this classic trick at home with different shaped glasses (which shapes the water within them) and a few patterned backgrounds. As you look through the glass, you'll see the background pattern shift. Why? As the li...

Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by Kokichi Sugihara

Second place winner of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016, this is the Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. The direct views of the obj...

Yosemite’s Horsetail ‘firefall’ at sunset

Filmed on February 15th, 2016, a brilliant sunset illuminates the white mist and spray of Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Fall with bright oranges and reds. Called a 'firefall', the name for this optical illusion "...

Quirkology’s 10 Amazing Optical Illusions (and how to make them)

From former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman, enjoy these 10 amazing DIY optical illusions that you can try at home: A LEGO impossible object, a kiwi triangle, an appearing straw, an up...

Contact juggling with street music

Watch this young Switzerland-based performer and contact juggler in an impromptu sidewalk performance with an upright bassist and an accordionist. This kind of contact juggling is a style of object manipulation that m...

Three quirky sleight of hand illusions by Richard Wiseman

From former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman, watch Assumptions, a 2012 short promotional video from his psychology-based Quirkology YouTube channel. Below, enjoy The Tube of Mystery an...

The Mephisto Spiral – Part magic trick, part optical illusion

Watch as Grand Illusions' Hendrik Ball deftly showcases The Mephisto Spiral, a brain-breaking toy that seems to mix an optical illusion with a bit of the slight-of-hand skills required for magic tricks: It looks li...

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...

CYMATICS: Science + music = audio frequency visualizations

With help from a Chladni Plate, vibrating liquid on a speaker dish, a hose pipe optical trick, ferrofluid, a Ruben's Tube, and a Telsa Coil, New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford showcases audio frequency visualizations...

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...

The Writing’s on the Wall – OK Go

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.

The Reversing Arrow Illusion: An amazing & easy trick for all ages

We just tried this super easy Reversing Arrow Illusion, and it is, in fact, super easy. Draw two left-pointing arrows on a piece of paper and then put a clear, empty glass between you and thos...

How to make Pearls of Water – Science Demo

Gravitational acceleration + optical illusions + how to! In this Get Set… Demonstrate, science teacher Alom Shaha shows step by step how to create Pearls of Water, a physics-defying dem...

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