As you know, I am a fan of illusions. At Hauntings, Caroline Watt showed this great picture:
Lots of people see a fish, however, when you look more closely you realize that it is actually created by reeds sticking out of water. I had never seen it before, and apparently it was created by photographer Georges Joniaux.
When you first looked at the picture, did you see the fish or the reeds? I wonder what that says about you?
Just been sent this great, but rather odd, video of a vanishing cat (thanks Mark).
The site here suggests that it involves this arrangement of mirrors…..
This is obviously a false solution (magicians and mind readers use the same strategy to stop audiences thinking about actual methods), but what really is going on? Is it an edit, mirrors, or can the cat actually teleport?
A few posts ago I noted how people see faces and personalties in the front of cars. This is a nice example of ‘pareidolia’ – the ascribing of meaning to vague and random stimuli. Yesterday, Phil sent me this great site full of illusionary faces….
Happy Darwin Day! To help celebrate, Rob Jenkins and I have created an optical illusion……
Update: Thanks to The Times for linking to and Stephen Fry for the Tweet-plug!
A few posts ago I showed you this great afterimage illusion created by Brian King, and asked if you could recognise the face. If you didn’t try it before, take a look now and see if you can identify the person. Just fixate on the centre of the image below for about 30 seconds (try not to move your head or eyes) and then blink at a white wall.
Any ideas? Answer after the break. Continue reading
I recently came across an auditory illusion where the makers claim that right and left handed people hear it differently…..but is that really the case?
I have been looking into the wonderful world of afterimages for a talk in a few weeks time. Almost everyone has seen the classic ‘Jesus’ image (left)….but do you recognise this other guy?
Over the break I finally got around to watching ‘Andrus: The Man, The Mind and the Magic’ – a DVD documentary about the renowned master of illusion, Jerry Andrus. Try his amazing Tri-Zonal Space Warper for yourself, and find out more.
A few days ago I posted a piece in which I questioned the possibility of animal hypnosis. Several people have sent videos proving that it’s all genuine….
The success of the Colour Changing Card Trick means that lots of people email me other illusion-based videos. This one came in a few days ago and I rather like it.
Quite a few people have sent the following illusion to me. Basically, as you look at the dancer, she will suddenly shift from moving in a clockwise to anti-clockwise direction. A few sites are suggesting that this is some kind of test of left and right brain thinking, which is obviously rubbish, but it is a nice effect. As yet, I have not been able to find out who actually created it, so if anyone knows, please drop me a line.