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Can you believe this little piglet is just a mirage? Me neither! Acctually it isn’t there at all! Instead it’s inside the spheric box, and mirrors inside make it look as 3D hologram. You can watch the video to be sure. I found this optical illusion at Grand Illusions, so if you want to buy Mirage for yourself, jump to their website. The Mirage is one of those classic toys that has been around for several decades now, but never lost its appeal. It produces a small, full-color hologram of natural, lifelike appearance, allowing 360-degree viewing. The little plastic pig seems solid enough, but when you try and touch it, your fingers find that it is just an illusion – there is nothing there. You can find the explanation of this optical illusion inside this post. Also if you enjoy this kind of tricky toys, you might want to visit “Magical Cube Toy”.


Mirage Optical Illusion Hologram

Mirage Optical Illusion HologramMirage consists of two opposing parabolic mirrors. In overall appearance, Mirage resembles a small 9inch wok with a circular opening in the top. The physical object to be converted to a hologram is placed in the concave centre of the bottom mirror.

A hologram instantly projects up through this aperture, appearing to the viewer as a truly solid object. We supply the little plastic pig, but you can place any object in the Mirage, and instantly convert it into a wonderful optical illusion!

Mirage was originally discovered over 30 years ago, when a member of staff at the University of California at Santa Barbara was cleaning around a stack of searchlight reflectors (which are parabolic reflectors of course!) when he noticed that he was trying to clean off some ‘dust’ that turned out not to actually be there! He showed this to one of the physics professors, and the two of them started making a commercial product, based around the phenomenon that they had accidentally discovered.

Their initial product was made of glass, and was quite expensive. Later an American company called Optigone took out a licence, and started making a version in plastic, which could sell for a third of the price. There have been even cheaper copies made in the Far East, but they tend to have lower quality optics.

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33 Responses
  1. Robin says:

    Hey!!! I have one of those!!! (had one forever actually) they are great fun. I like trying t find tiny objects and such to make holograms of. Rings work well too. You can also trick your friends,which is tuns of fun.

  2. kitty says:

    weird.

  3. basketball_playHER says:

    O YEA, I’VE SEEN THOSE, THEY ARE AWESOME… YOU TRY TO TOUCH THE THING AT THE TOP AND YOUR FINGERS GO THROUGH IT, THEY ARE FUN….

  4. Hai says:

    my old science teacher had one of those

  5. Spud says:

    what would it look like if you put water in one of those?

    By the way, hai, what school do you go to, my old teacher had one too…

  6. M 2 the H O says:

    i wonder if you could stand in a lifesize one,
    like starwars when yoda and the dark lord appear in a hollogram

  7. Smart says:

    It works really good ive seen one. They are soo sweet. I thought it was junk until I saw one. U absoluty must buy one of these(im not a part of the company (just like it)).

  8. Laura says:

    My 9th grade science teacher had one of those! Ah… Good times.

  9. Dave says:

    My teacher had one too, it was amazing, we put other stuff in it too and it worked. (Btw went to Zionsville HS)

  10. jack says:

    could u do it like a tv so it projects the light to make moving holigrams

  11. yayayayayayay says:

    hahaha great. I am a magical monster and i like cheese so there hahahashashshahahahahahahah yay!!!

  12. Ivan says:

    Where can yo buy that thing??
    It looks like awsome ^_^
    please tell me!
    preatty preatty please!

  13. hotfoot says:

    I remember seeing one of these in the mall one time.
    maybe in a store like spencers or sharp image or someplace like that.
    prity neato looking thingy!

    That would be neat to see the result of a giant one.
    But if you stood inside and the sun hit at the right angle, yould you be vaporized ? :-P

  14. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm says:

    i got something that works as well as that at Burger King!

  15. Ricky says:

    My teacher had one of these

  16. Anonymous says:

    OOh. I want one of these. Anyone know where you can get them? And how much do they cost?

  17. Anonymous says:

    WWWWWHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAATTTTTT????????!!!!!!!

  18. Ron Levao says:

    The illusion works very nicely, esp if you keep the inner surface dusted. But the reflective covering is very fragile, esp. after a couple of years. My silvery covering is turning splotchy and black. Nothing lasts, not even the unreal!

  19. berundon says:

    my science teacher has this!! its so awesome!!

  20. SideSwipe10 says:

    i got one from burger king or mcdonalds it was DANNY PHANTOM!

  21. YOULL NEVER KNOW says:

    okay so you glue the pig onto another mirror wich is glued onto the black thing and you pinch wats right in front of it

  22. somebody says:

    ive got one of those! it comes with a bead to put into it. it showed it to my brother and told him to grab the bead and he had many difficulties…

  23. Hi says:

    my grandma has that!!!! but she has a frog not a pig… but yeah its weirddddd

    • me says:

      o my gosh mt grand ma dose to where dose she live if she lives in kentucky that would be relly wierd her name is debra

  24. tilmen says:

    I’d like to build one but I can’t find parabolic mirrors

  25. mary says:

    Saw that! but it was a baby figure and i tired grabbing it because someone told me to and i was completely fooled

  26. mary says:

    Saw that! but it was a baby figure and i tred grabbing it because someone told me to and i was completely fooled

  27. Braxton says:

    I wonder what would happen if you put a magnifying glass up to it. would it get bigger?

  28. jake says:

    really cool toys. when you look at whats going on, it is actually really simple though. the light rays from the object are reforming at the focal point at the top of the hole, forming a real image, which looks like the object inside! pretty neat!

  29. Qwerty says:

    I found a pig!!

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