optical illusions

Haunted, Magic Portrait


How to create your own creepy haunted, magic portrait that appears to follow the viewer's movements with its eyes. A classic, timeless and haunting illusion.

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Contact Juggling


Contact Juggling is the art of juggling a ball without releasing it into the air so that it looks as if it's floating in the air. It takes years of practice to perform it flawlessly. Fortunately, this man has done that work for us:

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Can you find the face?


Here's a fantastic piece of photo work that will get your day started. Can you spot the face in the photo? See how long it takes you to find it.

Still can't find it? Drink some coffee. Caffeine increases concentration and has effects on visual perception. Just don't spill the coffee when spot the face!


M.C. Escher's Waterfall in Real Life


An amazing, real-world reproduction of M.C. Escher's waterfall illusion.

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Trompe L'oeil


Fortunately, these sets of images are photoshopped. Though as much as I would love to see one of these on the road...

This form of art is called Trompe L'oeil, or "deceive the eye" in French, and has a long history dating back to the late 16th century. As Wikipedia defines the term:


Escher Stairs and Impossible Physics


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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