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By on May 27, 2011, with 214 Comments  

Now let me show you something funny I stumbled upon recently… Actually, I’m not 100% sure whether I found it myself or it was submitted to me by one of our fans. Whichever it is, be sure to take a moment of your time and carefully observe the attached photo. Have you noticed anything strange in it? How about them cups of hot chocolate? Anything suspicious? If you still have trouble guessing, you may find the solution in here. Now admit it, how many of you got it right?

By on May 25, 2011, with 64 Comments  

I can’t believe we missed this one – Qi Xinghua is a Chinese 3D Chalk artist (first in his country) whose painting entitled Lions Gate Gorge earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest 3D painting in the world! I’m not exactly sure how fresh this information is, as I could swear we’ve seen bigger. Still, with 23 meters in width, 32 meters in length and over 6 meters in height, we can’t ignore hard work Qi invested into this masterpiece. This 3D painting was presented at the Baiyan Wanda Plaza shopping-mall in Guangzhou (China), and it took Qi more than a month to finish the project. Oh, and one more interesting fact: apparently some people reported dizziness, during their “rope balancing”.

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By on May 24, 2011, with 16 Comments  


Those of you following our Facebook and Twitter channel had a jump-start privilege in learning the big news I’m about to share – I’m very happy to announce the rollout of a mobile version of Mighty Optical Illusions! We all know how slow wireless connections can be, and how frustrating it can get to wait for a ton of extras to load while you’re staring at your phone screen (and can’t see them anyway). Over time, I’ve been polishing this site until each pixel fell in its place, yet deep inside me I knew I won’t be able to ignore the growing trend of mobile use for much longer. To that end, I’ve enabled the mobile version and each time you visit moillusions.com using your smart-phone the algorithm should self detect your platform, and serve appropriate (stripped down version) of this site. You should only be able to see the bare essentials, ensuring quick load times and ease of use! Now hows that for an upgrade?

It’s based on the WPtouch Pro theme by BraveNewCode. Unfortunately I had to pay for the service, but I believe it’s worth every penny. The install went pretty much straight-forward, and the level of customization it provides is amazing.

To see the new mobile version, just go to moillusions.com on any touch-screen mobile device. I’ll be improving on the design in the coming weeks, so be sure to report your findings and share what you think of it in the comments. Here are some screenshots taken with iPhone and Samsung. Also, I would deeply appreciate if you could send some more of off your device. I will then include them inside this gallery!

By on May 22, 2011, with 80 Comments  

As we concluded last Monday, occasionally “repeating” somewhat similar illusions shouldn’t be a problem (at least this is what the majority has decided). In practice, the only similarity between today’s animated gif and previous submissions of this type lyes in the way they work. I remember like it was yesterday when John Shadowski first introduced us to this effect. The post was titled “Black and White seen in Color“, and was published almost 5 years ago. For those of you who forgot how these work, wait for the central red dot to appear and then concentrate on it. After some time black and white photo shall appear, which you will then be able to see in full color!

By on May 21, 2011, with 16 Comments  

Yesterday we talked about 7th annual Best Illusion of The Year contest. We covered the winner and one of the finalists, and I think it wouldn’t be fair if we moved on without mentioning one particular interactive animation. More specifically – the illusion that won the second prize.

Created by Erica Dixon, Arthur Shapiro and Kai Hamburger “Grouping by Contrast” presents luminance levels of four disks modulating in time. The top two disks become white when the bottom two disks become black (and viceversa), but when they are placed against a split background, the disks group together along the diagonals giving the illusion their modulation is out of sync. This grouping pattern follows the contrasts of the disks relative to their backgrounds. You are welcome to test this theory by playing with the interactive button below.


© 2011 Erica Dixon, Arthur Shapiro & Kai Hamburger

By on May 20, 2011, with 58 Comments  

Each year in May, Vision Sciences Society holds its Best Illusion of The Year contest and this year’s absolute winner was an illusion by Jordan Suchow and George Alvarez from Harvard. Originally called “Silencing awareness of change by background motion” (or shorter “Silencing Illusion”) is something we already talked about few months ago, so in this post I shall concentrate on another piece that made it all the way to the final round.

Created by Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith and Marie-Jo Waeber, Venetian mask below holds an interesting secret! Before we begin, I’d like to ask if you notice anything special in it? Observe carefully! Now if I told you how surprising number of people miss noticing that the main component of the mask is actually composed of two distinct faces – a man and a woman kissing one another, how would you react? Apparently, once the viewer discerns two individual faces, his/her brain will flip between two possible interpretations of the mask, making the viewer perceive two faces or one face in alternation. This kind of illusion, where the viewer experiences two equally possible interchangeable stable states in perception, is called bistable illusion. If you weren’t able to see the two lovers, you may find the solution here.

© 2011 Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith & Marie-Jo Waeber

By on May 18, 2011, with 44 Comments  

Just when I decided how it would be much more professional if I invested more energy investigating  origins and sources of our forthcoming illusions I got this interesting submission, only to find out I haven’t got a slightest clue how it came to be :( Don’t get me wrong, this vintage photo looks amazing, it’s just that neither the person who submitted it (nor I) couldn’t find out who and when created it.

Anyway, be sure to comment if you have the lacking info. If you concentrate only on the “illusion”, you might feel somewhat disappointed, but hopefully this photo as a whole will entertain you for a moment or two.

The good news is, I’ve started to approach this blog in much more serious manner. I’ve spent the last few days in search for some quality help, as I feel the moment has come this project overgrew my capacities. Don’t want to spill any bombastic news before the right moment arrives, but if all turns well, you might see some improvements in content and concept over the following days ;D Keep following us, as your presence is the main motivator for me as a person running this blog. Once again, many thanks for taking your time to visit this site!

By on May 16, 2011, with 69 Comments  

So, I’ve noticed you weren’t that excited with some of our latest posts. It’s either that I’ve spoiled you over time with some of our better submissions, or maybe I have lost the connection with good ol’ old-school stuff. You have to realize though, it’s hard to keep everyone happy at the same time. While there are heaps of regular visitors that come here for years, I sometimes forget how significant amount of you represent new-comers. Even though there are bunch of superb optical illusion pictures just sitting on my desktop, sometimes I feel they’re too similar to something we have already posted before. Then I prolong their publishing date, and more often then not – completely forget about them. Anyway, be sure to tell me what you think… Do you mind some of the effects being repeated in somewhat similar photos, or should I strive to bring more diverse stuff? Btw, check out what user named Culpeo created: