Silhouette Zoetrope

Video 11 October 2016 2 Comments

This video, created by Christine Veras of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, pays homage to the early zoetropes from the 19th century.  The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides.  When the cylinder in the middle of the contraption in this video is rotated, the slots strobe behind the cutout images, making the cutouts appear to be animated inside the empty slotted cylinder.  This ultimately ends up creating the illusion of moving silhouettes floating in space.

This video was a top 10 finalist for the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

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Hurricane Matthew Satellite Skull

Skull 6 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit the eastern coast of Florida today.  It is expected to be a Category 4 storm which could make it one of the strongest storms in decades.  I hope that everyone in harm’s way is able to evacuate ahead of the storm.  Stay safe!  Recently, a weather satellite captured a real creepy image of the storm as it landed in Haiti.  The storm, which resembles a skull, has an extremely eerie red eye.  According to a NASA scientist, the “teeth” of the skull are made from cold convective clouds.

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Anamorphic Row Boat by Tracy Lee Stum

Anamorphosis 30 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Check out this anamorphic row boat created by renowned chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum.  It was painted on a sidewalk at Palm Hills in Cairo, Egypt.  Like all of her work, this piece of sidewalk chalk art is extremely detailed and very realistic looking.  I love how the guy in the picture has one foot on the dock and the other in the boat as if he were actually trying to climb aboard.  The lily pads and the shadows of the boat and dock are both nice touches to help make this work look even more life-like.

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What do you think of this sidewalk chalk drawing?

(via Tracy Lee Stum)

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Space Oddity by Truly Design

Anamorphosis 19 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Truly Design created this large circular anamorphic painting called Space Oddity for the headquarters of a Switzerland-based company that sells apparel, footwear, and accessories.  The blue circle (shown in the photograph below) is clearly visible from one particular viewpoint located at the end of the hallway.  As the viewer walks towards the door in the background, however, the circle gradually loses its form.  By the time you get to the door, there is no resemblance of a circle at all.  Notice that the circle is painted on three different walls (including the ceiling).

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See additional photographs from alternate viewpoints below.

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Charizard Pokémon 3D Stereogram

Stereo 15 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

A few months ago, Gene Levine created a Pikachu-themed stereogram based on the popularity of the new Pokémon Go game.  It was greeted with open arms as several blogs picked up the image and shared it to their readership base.  Due to this success, Gene decided to create a follow-up design featuring a different character.  If you stare at the pattern below, a hidden image of Charizard will emerge.  If you aren’t familiar with Pokémon (like most of us), Charizard is a popular character in this universe.  GamesRadar even went as far as saying that Charizard is “hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there.”

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Be sure to check out the Pikachu 3D stereogram as well.

(via Eyetricks 3d)

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12 Black Dots Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 12 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka recently posted this optical illusion on his Facebook page, which then made it to Twitter and quickly went viral through a large number of shares and retweets.  If you look at this pattern, you will be able to find 12 black dots.  The problem is, most people are completely unable to view all 12 of them at the same time.  If you look at the 4 dots at the top, you can’t seem to see the ones at the bottom.  If you look at the four on the bottom, you can’t see the ones at the top.  If you look at the ones in the middle, the dots at the top AND bottom seem to be gone.

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(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Asu Breath Respiro by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 8 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This op art work, created by Gianni Sarcone, appears to be in motion.  In fact, it almost looks like it is breathing.  Staring at this hypnotic image for too long may give you an uneasy feeling, so be sure to turn away if you start to feel any sort of motion sickness or vertigo.  The color scheme of this particular work reminds me of the Psychedelic Motion Illusion, which is also worth checking out.

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(via Gianni Sarcone)

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