Latest Illusions

Quick Guide To Dragon Illusion Paper

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If you recall the Samsung set of illusions here, you might remember the kick-butt 3D Robodragon that was the highlight of the video. If you were wondering how to make it, here is a quick quick video highlighting the steps you must follow. All you need is some paper and some origami folding skills.

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Facial Recognition And Fooling The Brain

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The brain has a dedicated section for recognizing facial features. The following set of upside down images will most likely first seem normal to you, but when turned right-side-up, the case for normality is now distorted. The science behind this is that faces can only be recognized when key facial elements are right-side-up. Otherwise, the face becomes nothing more than an object.

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The Samsung Illusions

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"The robotic Dinosaur is one of the best optical illusions I have ever seen."

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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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Floating Chopsticks (Or Other Utensils)

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"If you don't like Asian food, well, I'm sorry."

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Levitating an Orange (Or Any Other Fruit)

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I love this trick, it's really simple and easy to do. It's deceivingly titled as a "How To", but doesn't actually reveal the secret. Not to worry - it's a really easy trick to figure out and you will love doing this at the dinner table. Watch it a couple times before reading the comments for the reveal.

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Sleight of Hand - The Pinch Drop

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A simple yet useful technique to vanish objects. The Pinch Drop utilizes any object (in this video a coin is used) placed first in one hand. The object is secretly dropped with a small release of pressure under the cover of the other hand. Though the other hand is there to cover the drop, in the eyes of the audience it should appear to grab what was the object but is now thin air.

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The Transporting Man

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Inspired by one of the best scenes of The Prestige, this YouTube user has recreated the magic trick using stop motion filming. Of course, though the real trick behind the movie was not stop motion, this version is still a really cool take on the scene and can be inspiring and encouraging to those who want to create their own magic.

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