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Escher Stairs and Impossible Physics

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The influence of Escher can most recently be seen in the latest Christopher Nolan film, Inception, where the characters employ mathematically-inspired elements to create an impossible dream world. One such element is the Infinite Stairs, which is recreated here by Chris Detmer.

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Levitating Man?

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Artistic illusions by Octavio Ocampo

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Two artistic illusions by the surreal artist, Octavio Ocampo.

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Lennart Green's "The Beam Deal"

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Don't let the dated video fool you: this is a stunning move in Lennart Green's repertoire of close-up magic. The Beam Deal was also featured during his TED performance. Watching Green perform is like watching a master of Drunken Kung Fu: clumsy, yet precise and logical in thought yet so mind-boggling in practice. Now that's magic.

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Dancing Ladies: Sculpture Illusion

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A seemingly impossible structure, in the form of a sculpture, presented using light and shadow.

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Amazing Awareness Test

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Count how many times the white team passes the basketball and discover an interesting phenomenon in this awareness test.

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Dark Matter: Shadow Card Magic

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A card revelation using light and shadow.

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Welcome

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