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Hypocycloid circular motion optical illusion

A circle made of points, shown here with small white balls, appears to roll around the inside edge of a larger circle, but is that what's really happening? File under: Cycloids, hypocycloids, and optical illusions. Th...

Stroboscopically animated tree ornaments

Created with an open source EggBot Pro kit, Jiří Zemánek of Advanced Algorithms for Control and Communications designed stroboscopically animated tree ornaments with custom patterns. The team also included Martin Gurt...

Triply Ambiguous Object by Kokichi Sugihara

Continuing his highly-regarded work in the illusion community, artist and mathematician Kokichi Sugihara won the 2018 Best Illusion of the Year award for his Triply Ambiguous Object. The piece includes a paper with an...

The ‘magic’ of invisibility lenses

Using lenses to bend light, YouTuber Brusspup makes a ruler, a knife, a spoon, a hand, and a laser completely disappear from view. Invisibility lenses create the illusion, an optical trick based on The Rochester Cloak...

Professor Kokichi Sugihara creates his mind-blowing illusions with math

Professor Kokichi Sugihara is world-renowned for his award-winning impossible objects and reality-defying illusions. He uses mathematics to make the three-dimensional objects that create his impossible scenes and illu...

Carving a spooky goblin face, a 3D pumpkin time lapse

Lenny Calvin is an artist, sculptor, master carpenter, and a Halloween Wars alum who creates spooky 3D pumpkins as a professional pumpkin carver every Halloween season. In the time-lapse above, he transforms a massive...

The footstep illusion & more optical tricks

...four squares, two of them light yellow and two of them dark blue, move horizontally at constant speed across stationary, vertical black and white stripes. Each square has the same width as two stripes, so that its ...

The Hidden Chairs

Which way is the chair facing? Watch the Dezeen video above and see if you've guessed correctly. The black lacquered plywood chair, one of three designed by French design studio Ibride, references furniture design fro...

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...

The Infinite Now, a series of oceanscape cinemagraphs

Over the past months I've been working with Australian photographer Ray Collins to bring his amazing oceanscapes to life in the form of cinemagraphs, a blend between photography and video. Each cinemagraph is created ...

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...

The mathematics of sidewalk illusions

Have you ever come across an oddly stretched image on the sidewalk, only to find that it looks remarkably realistic if you stand in exactly the right spot? These sidewalk illusions employ a technique called anamorphos...

Walt Disney explains his studio’s multiplane camera technology

The multiplane camera, invented in 1937 for Walt Disney Studios by William Garity, was an incredible piece of technology that helped create the illusion of depth in animated motion pictures. Filmed in 1957, the multip...

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...

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...

Howard Lee’s hyperrealistic drawing illusions

Turning hyperrealism into a video guessing game, illustrator and illusionist of sorts Howard Lee draws objects on paper that attempt to reach photographic levels of detail. Above, his Drawing Trick with Marbles. B...

Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

Buster Keaton was known as 'The Great Stone Face', a reference to the deadpan expression he wore during some of the most incredible physical comedy scenes known in film. His artistry as a vaudevillian, a comedian, a f...

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...

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