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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...

Rainbow in Your Hand by Masashi Kawamura

This is Masashi Kawamura's Rainbow in Your Hand. In the archives: more flipbooks.

Rotating head illusion and Yes/No by Markus Raetz

Swiss painter, sculptor, and photographer Markus Raetz creates lyrical art that explores illusion and perception. In the piece above, rotating leaves of cut metal reveal a “turning”...

How To Draw Your Hand In 3D

Here’s a fun, quick trick: How To Draw Your Hand In “3D”. What other things around the house or outside can you use this technique with?

How to make the Amazing T-Rex Illusion

This T-Rex will turn its head to watch you as you move. But how?? YouTube illusionist Brusspup shares the secret with this Jerry Andrus-inspired trick. And if you want to try it out yourself, Brusspup made these green...

How to draw a Penrose Rectangle & other impossible objects

The Penrose Rectangle is what’s known as an impossible object, an optical illusion that is drawn to look like a three-dimensional thing that could never actually exist. If it’s hard to see at first, cover ...

Can you trust your eyes? – AsapScience

Can you trust your eyes? This episode of ASAPscience gives you reasons to think about your answer.

The Moon Illusion – TED Ed

Why does the full moon look larger when it’s near the horizon than when it’s high up in the sky? For generations, astronomers, psychologists, brain researchers, and many others ha...

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...

Brusspup’s Amazing Water & Sound Experiment

This mind-bending and water bending viral video is another experiment from Brusspup (featured previously on this site). Here’s the zig zag DIY:  Run the rubber hose down past the speaker so that the hose touc...

How to make 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...

The Moon Illusion – AsapScience

"Wow the moon looks huge tonight!" We’ve all said it, but is the moon ever larger or closer at the horizon? (No, it’s not.) Is it some visual magnification by the atmosphere? (Nop...

Scanimated Optical Illusion

YouTube’s Brusspup specializes in optical illusion videos that are inspired by the animation concepts in the book Magic Moving Images, and in scanimation books like Gallop!. In this video,...

Magic Moving Images

A little tour of the book Magic Moving Images by Colin Ord. From the archives: optical toys and more scanimation videos.

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...

The making of a praxinoscope animated music video

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. Watch more videos with optical toys.

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