Wind of Freedom by Gianni Sarcone

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This playful motion optical illusion created by Gianni Sarcone gives the impression that the background is swaying back and forth.  The woman dancing in the foreground and holding a yellow sheet appears to really be enjoying herself.  Do you feel a little dizzy looking at this image?

wind of freedom by gianni sarcone

Edit:  After posting this, I noticed something really interesting about this image that was probably unintended.  Look at the top edge of the image relative to the text above it.  It appears that the top of the image is not parallel with the text.  Rather, it looks like it is sloping down and to the right.  Take a straight edge and line it up and you’ll see that this is not the case.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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A Somewhat Disturbing Beard

Ambiguous 28 April 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I ran across this image the other day and almost just scrolled right past it.  I was kind of wondering what the point of the picture of this man with a beard and glasses was.  As I was scrolling, however, a set of eyes caught my eye which caused me to do a double take.  As I further examined the detail of his beard, it caused me to both laugh and be somewhat disturbed.

Disturbing Beard

I am not sure what the exact source of this image is.  Does anyone know who created this image?  If so, post it in the comments and I’ll add the proper attribution.

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Kelly Ripa Ambigram

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Kelly Ripa has been in the news quite a bit lately.  It appears that there is a lot of drama between her and her former Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan.  In what he called a “career move”, he abruptly quit the show (without telling her, which is why she is angry) and bolted for another full-time gig at Good Morning America.  I don’t watch either of these shows, so none of this really impacts me.  But, it seems that I can’t load up the Yahoo! or MSN homepage without seeing some new article about it.

I was looking through John Langdon’s site earlier today and saw that he had actually created a Kelly Ripa ambigram at some point in the past.  Since she’s in the news, I figured this was a pretty timely addition to An Optical Illusion.  You can see John’s creation below:

Kelly Ripa

If you turn her name upside down, it reads exactly the same as what is seen above.

(via John Langdon)

 

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Malta Street Art by Leon Keer

Anamorphosis 21 April 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Leon Keer decided to paint some very large gummy bears on a sidewalk in Malta for the 2015 Malta Streetart Festival.  This particular painting was created along the waterfront in Valetta, the capital of the Mediterranean island.  To see this painting properly, you have to view it from this angle which is from an upper street located about 30 feet away. 

Malta Street Art #1

View the rest of the post to see additional photographs from different angles.

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Worm by Andreas Aronsson

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Take a look at this twisted figure that its creator Andreas Aronsson calls an impossible worm.  If you study the multi-colored shape in detail, you will notice that it is really just five interconnected impossible triangles.  On his blog, Andreas notes:

I’m not sure why I like this one so much, it’s kind of simple while still having interesting relations between the different levels.  A continuation of the basic tribar.

I agree, it’s simple… but is is very interesting.

Worm - by - Andreas Aronsson

(via Andreas Aronsson)

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The Vanishing Magic Trick

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Today’s video is more of a magic trick than an optical illusion, but I think that you’ll enjoy it nonetheless.  The best part about this trick is that Richard Wiseman shows you a behind-the-scenes look after he performs the trick.  This way, you get to see exactly how he pulled it off.  Watch as he holds a red ball in his right hand and then makes it vanish in thin air.  Or does he?

Notice how this trick can really only be pulled off using a video camera?  It would be difficult to perform something like this live since you would be able to see everything that is happening outside of the camera frame.

If you know of any other good magic tricks, please post them in the comments section!

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This Land by Natalie Fletcher

Miscellaneous 12 April 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Natalie Fletcher has a very interesting job… she paints bodies.  The About Natalie section of her website indicates that:

A young Natalie realized, around the age of 5, that drawing was a lot more interesting than Math class, and so it started.  Around the age of 15 she discovered paint.  Little did she know her future and all of her clothes would be covered in it.

In the example below, Natalie has painted the back of a bald man to match the surrounding scenery with great success.

This Land by Natalie Fletcher

Notice the cell tower by the man’s left shoulder?  This tower would be a good candidate for a disguise to make the tower look like a tree.  This would help it blend in with the scenery and you likely wouldn’t even notice it at all from a distance.

(via Natalie Fletcher)

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