Category Archives: Illusions

Can you name the paintings and the artists?

Can you name the paintings and the artists? – Click on the picture to reveal the answers.

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The McGurk effect

The McGurk effect is a compelling demonstration of how we all use visual speech information. The effect shows that we can’t help but integrate visual speech into what we ‘hear’.

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Le Blanc-Seing – Rene Magritte

Today we post a beautiful picture suggested to us by Alan Mason an artist and writer from Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, England. It is Rene Magritte‘s famous painting ‘Le Blanc-Seing’ (literal translation: “The Blank Signature”) which roughly translates as “free hand” or “free rein”. Alan also tells us Magritte was recorded as saying that the purpose of art was to puzzle and mystify people, which resonates well with us here at Optical Spy. Initially, the painting appears to be an ordinary painting … Continue reading

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How to make an illusion ad

This new advertisement by Honda is brilliant. Take a look here. Now see how it was made. – Deskarati

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Hidden Faces

There are seven hidden faces in the picture above, can you find them? Pop over to Optical Spy to see the answers - opticalspy

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A Portrait of Charles Darwin

A stunning portrait of Charles Darwin by David Revoy that pays homage to Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory, created using different animal and plant species. Via opticalspy

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Moving Patterns Illusion

Here’s a nice moving pattern illusion from opticalspy.com that we thought you might like.  

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ZOETROPE WEIRDNESS

Thanks to Stephen Herbert for this interesting post We all know what a zoetrope is. One of those “cookie tins on a stick”, with slots in the sides, that show a repeating cartoon of a second or so, from a strip of drawings. Dates from way back – 1860s, maybe earlier – and still found in some toy stores. All true, but when we look closely at what a zoetrope is and does, things start to get a little weird … Continue reading

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Fish Tank Illusion

The Optical Spy fish tank has an unusual construction. Try and imagine how you would put this tank in the corner of your room. Luckily the fish don’t seem to care, it looks like they’re having a great time.  

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Beautiful Face Illusion

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Escher in Color

Our friends over at Optical Spy have added a great new gallery featuring some of M.C. Escher‘s most famous artworks. But they have all been lovingly colored in. See more here Escher in Color

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Encerclement à dix illusion

  This excellent illusion was made by Felice Varini. Many more examples of Varini’s work on his website.

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Donald ‘Rusty’ Rust

D.L. “Rusty” Rust was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1932. He began drawing and painting at a very early age and has never had the desire to be anything but a serious artist. His early work was directly influenced by his grandfather, Emil Rust, Gil Elvgren, Bob Toombs, and Norman Rockwell. However, he feels there has been no one single influence in his wildlife art and insists that all wildlife artists have affected his style. For many years, Rusty’s paintings … Continue reading

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How to animate the impossible triangle

See the history of the impossible triangle here

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What Lies Beneath?

Click picture for larger view. Can you see what lies beneath in this autostereogram type picture? Via  - Optical Spy.

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Cliff Face

So what exactly are we looking at in this Cliff Face Illusion. Is it one face or two faces and are they real or has someone been photoshopping? We would love to hear your thoughts. via Cliff Face – optical spy.

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Cloaked Skyscraper

This is a picture of the 29 storey Pinnacle building at Symphony Place in Nashville, Tennessee. The building’s beautiful mirrored finish makes it almost invisible when photographed at the right angle on a sunny day.

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Eyeball in the sink illusion

The best optical illusions are often the ones we happen upon unintentionally, which is exactly what happened when redditor Liammm decided that water circling the drain of his sink would make for a nice photographic subject. “Out of boredom, I tried to take a photo of… my sink draining,” wrote Liammm yesterday when he (quite humbly) posted his photo to reddit’s “mildly interesting” forum. “I got a photo of an eye shaped whirlpool instead.” The illusion is even more pronounced … Continue reading

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Which Building is in Front of the Other?

We have looked at this picture a number of times and are still not sure which building is in front of the other. Any idea?

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Head Drop Illusion

Head Drop Illusion

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