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.
A Facebook user by the name of Arron Bevin posted this photograph of a brick wall to his account earlier this month. He indicated that it was one of the best optical illusions he had ever seen. He further said that it took him a good 5 minutes to find the hidden image in this photograph. And then… the photograph blew up and went viral.
I was skeptical that it would be that difficult, so I started looking at it. Lo and behold, after a few minutes, I still had no clue what I was supposed to be seeing. And then it hit me. It is so simple that I felt kind of silly that I didn’t spot it right away. Now that I have seen it, I cannot “un-see” it. It is the first thing I see when I look at the image now.
Can you figure out what is unique about this brick wall?