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By on November 1, 2011, with 35 Comments  

We’ve featured lots of Liu Bolin’s camouflage paintings before, but that’s just because his talent is so incredibly impressive! I believe there is no reason to ever stop posting such amazing illusory installments when they come out. In my own opinion, some of Liu’s best works include tractor image, dragon series and the camouflage cans illusion because in all of these pictures, Liu appears practically invisible to untrained eye. No matter which of his works are your favorite though, it’s hard to deny the skill necessary to produce these. Specially once you get the chance to glaze through his newest series:

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By on October 30, 2011, with 80 Comments  

Art done by American artist Donald Rust “Rusty” is already well recognized within our optical illusion community (The Hidden Tiger!). It’s actually quite strange we haven’t already featured this one below, as it stands as one of Rusty’s more prominent works. Depict below, a romantic scenery includes it all – an idilic porch, a swan, mountains in a distance and an intimate moment shared by young couple. But wait! Is the scenery truly intimate? If you look better you will see there is an intruder present! Actually when you find him, you’ll realize “intruder” might be too strong of a word for him. The man instead excellently contributes to the whole moment. He even masked himself not to distract the young couple. Well done Rusty, well done!

By on October 27, 2011, with 43 Comments  

As seen on Deceptology blog, company called Quaker Oats published an interesting advertising booklet way back in 1895. This vintage booklet contained 25 nursery rhymes, but more importantly there was a DIY optical illusion puzzle printed on its front cover. Might be interesting to know this item is now sold as vintage collectable (also known as “advertising ephemera”). But let’s jump straight to the point – How many packages can you count? Are there 6 or 7 or 14 packages present? What happens if you turn the puzzle upside-down? Anyone volunteers to explain? If you wish, you can also print it, cut a hole in the middle and put a pencil through it, making it interactive in real world. Who knows, maybe this little curiosity would represent a fun distraction for you and your school buddies. Anyway, when you solve this one – head next to somewhat more complex puzzles. One involves a mad scientist and his soccer team, and the other missing eggs and boulders!

By on October 23, 2011, with 254 Comments  

If you ask yourself why I have decided to feature some “ordinary vintage photos” on an optical illusions blog, think again. Work below is just a fraction of Spanish artist Paco Pomet’s portfolio. If you inspect the photos more closely, you’ll soon realize they’re in fact stunning oil paintings that are “just” a reproductions of vintage photographs. Not only do the works use a monochromatic palette and photo real style (which in itself I find quite impressive!) — but each of Pomet’s paintings includes something out of the ordinary that isn’t always recognizable at first glance. His illusions transform the vintage photos into something quite unexpected. What he does, he changes real people and places into surreal landscapes and portraits by tweaking tiny details that go unnoticed at first. Some end up more illusory that others, and these few I have decided to showcase. How long does it take before you discover hidden oddities? For more of Pomet’s incredibly detailed, well-rendered works, check his official homepage.

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By on October 21, 2011, with 194 Comments  

I have just received this optical illusion from my former classmate – it’s a promotional poster for some sort of product called Horlicks. I’m not gonna tell you what the the illusion here really is, as I have confidence you’ll manage to spot on your own. I’m sure you will find it sooner or later. Yet, there is a chance you won’t like it as much as I did (which is mostly because it managed to fool me when I first saw it). The only hint I can give you is this: if you think you’re seeing a hand holding a magnifying glass, think again! BTW, I was surprised how no one answered my earlier question :( !?

By on October 19, 2011, with 28 Comments  

I always wondered how U.S. security/intelligence system works. More importantly, how functional in practice inter-agency cooperation and information exchange really is – specially when there are like gazillion of them… Who coordinates them? Which one acts as roof on top of them all/is its name publicly known at all? I’m sure some of our millions of US visitors have insight into this stuff and would care to explain, at least what they’re allowed to, anyway. What I’m even more interested in, which of the many open-source cypher tools used to encode files are actually impenetrable (at least for now)? Potentially, which of the higher end (non-linear) encryption tools are “safe”, thus can’t be broken by mere use of brute force (by mega capable clusters of computers governments own)? How many of them are proven to lack back-door access?

Now, I wouldn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention, asking all them security questions (lol), yet young engineer-problem-solver minds are always curious and strive for knowledge in diverse fields :D Having such a big audience can actually be a mighty tool – just like that time we got insight into Free Masonry, which basically translates to networking/philanthropy brotherhood for what I could sum it up to(?). Anyhow, sorry for pulling you off the illusion course for a moment – won’t happen again… So, can you decide which of the police officers below is the biggest? You might be surprised what comes out of it, specially if you own Photoshop or some tools to inspect…

By on October 16, 2011, with 15 Comments  

What was your New Year’s Resolution? Do you even remember? And if you do, have you even bothered to follow through with it?

Research shows that only 12% of people actually follow through with their resolutions and complete the goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Everyone else gives up at some point in the year, often before January even runs out.

Fortunately,  artist James Kuhn is one of the dedicated 12% who actually completes his goals. And his goal is something we can all enjoy. In 2008, he challenged himself to create a new face painting every day and then photograph them and upload them to his website. Even after the year was over, James kept working on his art project, although not at such a fervent pace. These days, he has over 2000 images on his Flickr stream, most of which are face paintings.

These aren’t your every day spider-on-the-cheek-face paintings, these are elaborate and artistic body paintings that took hours to prepare. The results speak for themselves. In fact, Vurdlak already unknowingly posted some of this artist’s work on the site before. BTW – Let me just warn you that some of the Kuhn’s face paintings in below gallery turned out somewhat disturbing! Continue Reading …

By on October 16, 2011, with 57 Comments  

There was this cow… everybody knew she was special, but no one could say why. She wasn’t particularly good at math, she didn’t produce world’s best milk, she didn’t have any connection with world’s most famous chocolate brand to push her in showbiz, yet even in her early days she showed great talent for optical illusions! This was the category she truly conquered. Even further, she brought great joy to everyone she met. Can you see why she is so special? If you have no clue whatsoever, you may want to check her distant relative first – obviously the talent runs in her family!