Grabbing the Tower Optical Illusion

Forced Perspective 8 May 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This man appears to be so big that he can grip the base of a tower and hold it like his own personal toy.  It would be interesting to know how far away he is standing from this structure when this picture was taken.

Grabbing The Tower Optical Illusion

For another interesting forced perspective photograph, check out the Eiffel Tower Forced Perspective.

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Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 5 May 2014 1 Comment

The black bat in the middle of this image seems to move, flutter and expand.  The effect makes it a little difficult to look at for an extended period of time.

Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

For a similar effect, take a look at these expanding and shrinking geometrical patterns.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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Green Sqwear by Alexis Facca

Anamorphosis 1 May 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This anamorphic cube was created in 2011 by Alexis Facca for a promotion for Sqwear, an online fashion store exclusively dedicated to young designers.  The cube required fourteen cans of spray paint to complete and was painted across several walls, the floor, and the ceiling.  Facca is originally from France, but currently resides in Belgium.

Green Sqwear by Alexis Facca #1

Three alternate views of this installation (which help to show the distortion involved to make the object appear three-dimensional from the viewing point) can be found below.

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Vanity License Plate Stereogram

Stereo 28 April 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Can you figure out what this California vanity license plate created by Gene Levine says?

vanity plate stereogram by gene levine

If you are having trouble viewing the hidden message in this mapped textured stereogram image, please see the reveal below.

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Vertigo Motion Illusion by Miwa Miwa

Motion 24 April 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

While visiting Drudge Report on the afternoon of Tuesday April 22, I was surprised (and excited) to see an older motion optical illusion from 2006 by Japanese artist Miwa Miwa right in the middle of the page.  Miwa Miwa’s image, inspired by his love of Alfred Hitchcock movies, accompanied a link to a story about a man who had vertigo so bad that it left him spinning for 138 days.  While you may experience some vertigo-like feelings when you view this image, the good news is that all you have to do is look away in order to make it stop.

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If you want to experience even more vertigo, have a look at the Moving Mona Lisa Face by Akiyoshi Kitaoka or the Purple Nurple Optical Illusion.

And here is a screenshot of the illusion on Drudge Report.

vertigo optical illusion on homepage of drudge report

(via Miwa Miwa)

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Car Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 21 April 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The owner of this van used a creative vehicle wrap to give the impression that a convertible sports car was parked next to it.  I have never seen anything like this in person, but I would imagine that it would look pretty funny driving down the road.

car optical illusion

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Trippy Hallucination Video

Afterimage, Motion, Video 17 April 2014 5 Comments

Upon playing this video, the introduction warns the viewer as follows:

Be aware!  This video may cause temporary hallucinogenic effects.  But please do not be afraid, these effects usually last a few seconds.

The warning is overly dramatic, but it does produce a pretty amazing effect.  And in case you are worried, rest assured that this is not some sort of joke or trick where a scary face will pop up on the screen screaming at you in an effort to make you fall from your chair.  If you do happen to think these are funny, however, you can watch a couple of kids getting scared by one here.

When I tried it, everything I looked at for a few seconds was swirling around like crazy.  Did it work for you?

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