Optical Illusions

Art In Motion: The Lion Fish

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"The Lion fish - beautiful and...deadly."

James Kuhn paints his face into a beautiful Lion Fish. He uses watercolor paper for the fins that were simply (or not so simply) cut out and taped to his face. He puts on a wonderful show with his fish-like facial expressions. Perhaps he should try out for Carnival in Brazil!

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Illusionary Feats Of Nature

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"That person next to you? Secretly an octopus."

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Man With The Jaw of A Queen

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Featured on SmartCanucks, the photo is a very smart illusion of a man with a $20 Canadian bill held in front of him. To do this, have a camera man holding the bill while he or she finds the perfect angle and distance to capture your photo. The only requirement is a decent camera and a Queen-worthy jaw.

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Auditory Illusion - In

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Illusions can take the form of optical as well as aural. Aural or auditory illusions are the equivalent of optical illusions, in which the ear perceives a sound that either doesn't exist or is actually impossible. YouTube user JoeFreeza has uploaded an example of this with a piece of audio that doesn't seem to stop increasing in pitch. See, or rather, hear it for yourself!

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Anamorphic Illusion Art

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A madman has drawn these pictures, a madman! This incredible clip is comprised of a series of images that have been skewed and twisted, and only appear normal as a reflection off of a cylindrical mirror. I can imagine how these may be drawn out in modern times. Perhaps they draw it out normally first, and twist it later digitally.

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Union Square Subway Illusion (Video)

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YouTube user brunch43 filmed the number 4 (or 5?) and 6 trains departing at the same time. The motion was captured from directly behind and it seems as though as the two trains are on a crash collision course towards each other.

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More Subway Perspective Illusions

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This post follows up on The Graffiti Stairs Illusion with even more perspective drawings that are found within the same subway station. See the full set of photos right after the break!

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The Magazine Kiss Illusion

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Now this is an illusion you can do right now at home! All you need is a magazine and someone to take a picture of you. You can probably even get away with using the self-timer on your camera. If you try it out and it works out well, why not post it here on The Illusionist? We'd love to see what home-made photo illusions you can come up with!

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