Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Japan created this very intriguing video featuring a series of ambiguous cylinders. If you look at the objects placed in front of the mirror and then look at their respective reflections, you will notice that they look like completely different shapes. How can this be? Obviously, there is something unique about the shape of the objects, but even when they are rotated directly in front of you, it is difficult to figure out exactly what is going on. Because you can’t fully understand what the true shape of the objects are, the illusion continues even though you know that there must be some sort of trick involved.
This optical illusion video is a finalist for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.
Intrigued by the latest Pokemon craze that is sweeping the nation, stereogram artist Gene Levine decided to make a Pikachu-inspired stereogram. Gene has not played the new Pokemon Go game (and does not intend to!), but he just kept hearing about it. When he finally heard Bill Maher talk about the game on one of his recent shows, he knew that Pokemon fever was for real.
If you have not heard about this new game, it allows players using a mobile device to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures (which are called Pokemon), who appear on the screens of their devices as though they actually exist in the real world.
In this video, you will see grey circles turn into circles of different colors (green, yellow, red, and purple) before your very eyes. The bubbles are absolutely colorless (the same color as the background), but when the screen alternates between the colored circles and bubbles, phantom colors begin to appear.
This illusion was a top 10 finalist for the 2016 Illusion of the Year Contest. It was created by Mark Vergeer, Stuart Anstis and Rob van Lier from the University of Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and UC San Diego, USA.
In this new painting by Rob Gonsalves, several rowboats can be seen floating on a leaf-covered lake. Take a look at the closest row boat, however, and you will notice something a little different. It seems that this boat is resting on the top of a tree. It is very interesting how Gonsalves uses floating leaves and the reflections of the tree trunks to transition from the furthest boat to the closest boat.
TutoDraw creates a lot of interesting videos like these on his YouTube channel. Here, he uses red and black india ink, a pencil, and a white piece of paper to create the illusion of a hole in his hand. It looks like you can see right through his palm onto the white paper beneath his hand. As simple as this illusion was to complete, it is surprisingly detailed and effective.
The yellow lines in this image appear to be waving up and down. The blue “water droplets” above and below each of the lines have a combination of white and black outlines around them which cause this illusion. Also note that there is a second effect present within this optical illusion. The droplets with a black outline at the top appear to be concave (like a crater) while the droplets that have a white outline at the top appear to be convex (like a mound). Your mind interprets the black outline as a shadow and automatically makes this assumption.
The NBA Finals start tonight with the Golden State Warriors facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row. As such, I went on a hunt for a basketball-related optical illusion. It looks like Photoshop might be involved here, but that’s okay. Check out these two kids simulating a game of basketball with the moon. I’ve got to give the kid playing defense a little credit, he has a serious vertical and almost blocked the shot.
I think it’s going to be a pretty close series, but I’m taking the Warriors in 7.