I have always been a huge fan of the Beuchet chair illusion. Created by psychologist Jean Beuchet in the 1960s, this wonderful illusion is used all over the world to make people appear to be tiny.
There is, however, one small problem from a practical perspective. The illusion involves building a large chair back and seat, and a carefully crafted chair base. When I was working on items for the Quirkology exhibition I wondered whether it might be possible to create a much simpler, and more portable, version of the illusion.
After endless trial and error I realised that the same effect could be created with a small cut out of a chair and a piece of cloth!
Here is my chair in action and a reveal showing the size of the chair. It took a huge amount of time to create just the right shape of chair, but the illusion works well, can be made for just a few pounds, and is ultra-portable.
And here I am using the illusion whilst being interviewed about the exhibition on STV news…
I have used it several times and if you want to re-create the piece for a project, feel free to get in touch!
Want to be levitated by David Copperfield, see one of the world’s greatest optical illusions, or be attacked by a giant monster?
Then head over to our new Quirkology exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. The exhibition allows visitors to experience the impossible, and features several unique items.
Master magician David Copperfield has invented an optical illusion in which he appears to levitate visitors, and has kindly allowed us to be the first exhibition in Britain to stage the piece.
In another first, famous Japanese illusion inventor Kokichi Sugihara has granted us special permission to exhibit his latest creation, ‘Rectangles and Circles’. This illusion is currently taking the Internet by storm, and shows several 3D rectangles that transform into circles when reflected in a mirror. The Quirkology exhibition is the only place in the world where visitors can experience Sugihara’s amazing creation live.
In addition, the exhibition features an
interactive video show, classic illusions, a goat that appears to follow visitors around the room, and fun photo opportunities for all ages.
The exhibition runs until 1 September 2016 at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile. Admission free. In addition to the exhibition, visitors can participate in a special Quirkology trail throughout the museum.
And the whole exhibition fits on a USB stick, which allows any science centre, museum or school to reproduce it!
Photo credits: Gordon Rutter, Kenny Mathieson, Richard Wiseman.
With thanks to: David Britland, David Copperfield, Kokichi Sugihara, Water Closet Press and Caroline Watt.
We have just filmed a new Quirkology video! It involves a miniature bear and a magic trick – enjoy….
Tonight we are staging a mass participation study to help people get a good nights sleep. It is free to join in, and we hope that lots of people will take part. All you have to do is click this link and follow the instructions…..
We have just released another Quirkology video containing 10 more optical illusions! Hope you like it….
I am delighted to announce my latest project! For decades magician David Berglas amazed the world with a series of seemingly impossible stunts.
David is now in his 90s, and I recently interviewed him about his early years. He experienced some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century, including living in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power, attending the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and working as a postwar Nazi hunter.
I have produced a website containing his memories. I hope you like it.
To visit the site, click here.
Delighted to announce that I will be appearing at the 2016 Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh! This wonderful arts festival features dozens of musicians, artists, poets and filmmakers.
On 1st June, I will be presenting an interactive show exploring magic, perception and illusion. Come along and discover the secret science employed by master magicians to make solid objects vanish into thin air, defy the laws of gravity and predict the future.
As part of this special evening you will experience the world’s greatest illusions, have your fortune read by Madam Zara (‘she sees nothing and says all’), and have an opportunity to perform the impossible.
Book your tickets here.
And here is a little video we made to promote the event
I have just created another Quirkology video, this time containing 10 amazing things that you can do with a piece of paper. Hope that you enjoy it!
Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Struggle no more. After years of careful experimentation, we have created the world’s first mind reading tee shirt. And not only that, they are available for sale. Amazing. So, the links to buy them are here
These are available until the 9th December.
and the video showing this ground-breaking invention in action is here:
On Saturday I will be giving an intimate talk in London on ESP and other psychic stuff. It is being staged by The Margery Allingham Society because one of her books – The Mind Readers – is all about ESP. Do come along, much fun will be had and I shall be handing out free ESP cards to some lucky folks. Details on the poster below. The event is at 67 Church Street, London NW8 8EU
Hi there. We have just produced a new video containing 10 amazing bets that you will always win – hope that you enjoy it!
Yesterday I posted a new In59seconds video on Youtube, describing research showing that one of the best ways of falling asleep is actually to stay awake….
However, I had no idea that exactly the same idea crops up in Mary Poppins, and predates the research by over 40 years…..
I have just made this new 59 Seconds video about the best way of using visualisation to achieve your goals – hope you enjoy it!
Here is another 59 Seconds video with a quick tip to improve your sleep. It is based on research that I carried out for my Night School book – if you make the suggested change, please let me know how it goes!
@HullCityRob just sent me this illusion. My goodness it’s good! Can you figure it out?