The ŠKODA Attention Test

Video 8 June 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In a recent video advertisement for the new ŠKODA Fabia, you are asked to observe the scene and see how much attention the new vehicle receives.  Will a crowd of people gather around the new automobile to admire it?  Will other drivers slam on the brakes to get a closer look at some of its features?  Will anyone try to see if the car doors are unlocked to try to take it for a little joyride?  Watch this short video to find out.

This is not the first time an automobile company has used illusion or deception to help promote one of its new cars in video format.  Do you remember the Invisible Mercedes promotional stunt?  Or perhaps the Honda CR-V optical illusion commercial?  If you haven’t seen either of these, they are certainly both worth a visit.

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Moving Arrows by Miwa Miwa

Motion 4 June 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The background behind the arrows appears to be moving in a downward direction in this motion illusion created by Miwa Miwa.  The design itself is relatively simple, but the motion effect is quite strong.

Moving Arrows by Miwa Miwa

To see another motion illusion created by Miwa Miwa (that was also featured on the Drudge Report a while back), be sure to check out his Vertigo Motion Illusion.

(via Miwa Miwa)

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The Incredible Candles

Video 1 June 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Richard Wiseman makes a candle flame move from one candle to the other using no edits, CGI, or cuts.  The entire trick was done in a single take.  Fortunately, he doesn’t leave you guessing how it was done as he reveals the trick at the end of the video.  You didn’t think that he could actually make a flame move between two candles, did you?

To see another interesting video trick performed by Richard Wiseman, be sure to check out his Color Changing Card Trick.

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The Architect by Erik Johansson

Impossible 28 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Here is one of the latest captured ideas from photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson.  The paradoxal geometry of the house leads to quite a bit of confusion as you admire it.  Is the man sitting at the table inside his home or outside?

The Architect by Erik Johansson

To see another interesting house that uses a similar technique, be sure to revisit House I by Roy Lichtenstein.

(via Erik Johansson)

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Can You Find the Navy SEALs?

Hidden Objects 25 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In honor of Memorial Day today, I thought I would post an optical illusion related to the armed forces.  This poster was released by the Navy SEALs for a promotional campaign.  The bottom of the poster asks “do you have what it takes?”  Unless you have been trained to spot camouflaged troops, you will likely have a difficult time finding the people that are hidden in this swampy landscape.  I’ve searched for quite a while and I still haven’t been able to find them all.

Navy Seal Optical Illusion

The hidden troops featured from left to right are:  LCDR Mark Simon, ETCM Eric Ollis, BMC Dan Ames, BM1 Michael O’Connell, EN1 Jason Fetterman, EM2 Mark DiPietro, LT Lewis Baker, and MM2Sergio Rodriguez.

Can you find them all?  For another hidden image challenge, check out the hidden animals optical illusion.

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The Purple Giant

Forced Perspective 21 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kind of a funny forced perspective photograph I came across a while back and put in a folder for future post ideas.  It certainly looks like the man in the forefront (the purple giant?) is significantly taller than everyone else around him.  He is standing on some sort of ledge closer to the camera than everyone else, but the floor that he is standing on and the floor of the people down around the pool blend together almost seamlessly.   If anyone knows why this man is wearing an all purple outfit and wearing a scarf, please let me know.  That’s probably the most puzzling part of this image, in my opinion.

The Purple Giant

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3D Typography from Lex Wilson

Anamorphosis, Video 18 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Lex Wilson lives in Nottingham, UK and describes himself as a self-certified obsessive compulsive doodler.  He uses anamorphic techniques to create 3D typography that appears to stand off of the page when viewed from a specific angle.  His sketch below, showing a raised “HIGH” and a sunken “LOW”, is a good representation of his impressive 3D doodling.

High Low

The following YouTube video helps to show how it looks three-dimensional when the right viewing angle is found.

To see another three-dimensional pencil drawing, be sure to check out Beckoning to the Evil by Nagai Hideyuki.

(via Lex Wilson)

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