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By on February 24, 2010, with 32 Comments  

So, I’m a prophet now? Hehe, really liked that particular comment in my previous post :) Seems we have reached a point, where all those optical illusion billboard ads start to repeat themselves. Same goes for other types of illusions too. But as you see, I try to reduce the effect by posting only the most attractive ones. Today’s example is a homage to Escher’s Relativity; Starbucks used it in a way to promote their coffee brand. It caught my attention, I admit… But Beyonce Henry Lim had the best Relativity homage ever!!!

Starbucks Relativity Optical Illusion

By on February 22, 2010, with 46 Comments  

Forex Scam WarningPeople are sheep. Why am I telling you this? Over the years, in periods when economy gets worse, I noticed a rising trend of forex-based-scams. These are advanced-pyramidal schemes, where so called “businessmen” convince you, you will get sky-rocket return if you invest your money in oil/gold/food/currencies.. marketplace.

But the real truth is that your money goes directly to some Panama-based crooks, and investors like you get portions of payments from other members, until new members stop pouring in.

You see how unsustainable this is? I’ve seen so many people in my surrounding that fall for this, and think someone is dealing gold, currency and money options for them to get rich. After a while these companies stop paying you your monthly return, always using excuses that involve “there is a different law in different regions“, “our system got hacked“, etc… But what is even worse, then these offshore companies close their office, leave you in debt and *wait to hear this: open a new company with similar name, and start all over again. You would be surprised how many people do it over and over again, ending up in big debts.

Why am I telling you all this? I became aware how big our audience here at Mighty Optical Illusions really is, and apart from sharing fun stuff, my responsibility should also be to transfer knowledge and education as much as I can. If not for anything else, then at least to protect you from future errors in your life. Whenever someone approaches you with these affiliate-based “investments“, alarm should be triggered in your head in no-time! What angers me, despite my knowledge and research, when I try to explain this to anyone excited about forexfinanza, forex-this, and forex-that they simply won’t listen, and end up loosing great sums of money! Don’t worry – I never fell for any of these… For today’s illusion, I think pictures speak for themselves. Which way is the man facing? Can you tell?

Forex Scam Warning

By on February 21, 2010, with 114 Comments  

Glad you liked those Escape The Room games I posted! There are many more to come, in days to follow. Mainly because you requested so. At least this what the ratings in our previous post are telling me. I feared many would object to non-illusion orientated material, but I’m glad I was wrong. But now we should return to our main course. I have prepared something interesting for today. As simple as it may be, this photo managed to trick me. Probably because I tend to overlook the details, always concentrating on the “big picture”. This probably makes me superficial at observing things, but there isn’t much I can do about it. I’m sure you’ll see it quicker than I did, but just in case you don’t – there are hints all over the place. Check the file-name, tags… and if all this doesn’t help, would I make your life easier if I told you that the poster bellow was actually an ad done for Disneyland? Yeah, trivial – I know…

Thumbs Up Illusion

By on February 19, 2010, with 1,173 Comments  

New Room to Escape FromWhat I bring you today, has very little to do with optical illusions. Still, in order to solve this puzzle, you have to apply your puzzle-solving experience, as well as use your brain extensively. Those of you who follow our website from day one, will remember the original “Escape The Crimson Room” puzzle. I was amazed how well you guys accepted these kind of posts! More important, you did extremely good job solving it!

To be sincere, I played this for half an hour, but then I got stuck with some colorful cubes. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you get your hands dirty. I can give you some tips, but wouldn’t want to ruin this puzzle for others. So the only thing I’m gonna say, is look behind the suitcase and don’t overlook the corners ;) Hope we can solve this one together using our combined powers! If you show some interest towards these kind of posts, I’ll make sure to bring more in the future!

By on February 17, 2010, with 67 Comments  

Hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as I have! What appears to be a drawn piece of paper is actually a construction made of welded steel. Be sure to jump inside this post for more different angles. Piece of art you see was created by Neil Dawson, who named it Horizons. It is located in New Zealand on “The Farm,” a large private art park owned by Alan Gibbs, a New Zealand businessman, entrepreneur, and art patron worth about $450 million dollars.

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By on February 15, 2010, with 54 Comments  

Scientists have been baffled by the appearance of a mysterious cave at West India Quay, London. It is believed that a light earthquake unearthed the cave which is estimated to be over 10 million years old, but scientists cannot explain the intense glow of green lights emitting from its depths.

By now, you should have guessed that  intro is nothing more than a fiction, with its sole purpose of making this optical illusion little more interesting. What you see below is a 3D Chalk Drawing, created by world-class pavement artist Edgar Müller, whose works we posted on many occasions before. If you remember Ice Age chalk drawing, or maybe that Lava Burst optical illusion – Edgar was responsible for both! His newest creation was exhibited on West India Quay’s Festival in London. It’s hard to imagine you could easily walk over this huge cave, and that concrete pavement is still lying beneath. It took 5 days for Edgar to finish this project. Below is the “Behind the Scenes” gallery, where you can see the work in progress.

Mysterious Caves Project
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By on February 13, 2010, with 35 Comments  

The majority has decided in favor of our newly self-hosted video player. The only flaw I noticed, is how the player is last thing to load when you open our website. This may confuse some newcomers, but I think we can live with it. Now something about our LOGO: as you know, Moillusions.com stands for Mighty Optical Illusions, our official title. I’ve been contemplating about possibility to change our beloved logo, but somehow nothing revolutionary came to my mind. This is why I invite ALL OF YOU to submit your ideas, and help us form a whole new logo, to serve us in years to come. Think you’re up to the challenge? Let’s see some of your ideas!

About the illusion, well it was submitted by Christian Hendrich, who took some photos of the 1997 exhibition called Documenta X, and decided to share them with us. The installment was set in Museum of Modern Art in Germany, and the original author behind it is Matthew Ngui. When you see the chair from room’s entrance, it seems at first there is nothing wrong with it. A desire may come to you, to sit and relax for a minute. But when you approach it, or move around the room, true nature of the chair reveals itself. I recall we had something very similar before. Marvell Superhero is one of the examples, but I think that Gillian Brown’s Constructed Photographs still deserve the golden medal.

Perspective Chair Optical Illusion

By on February 11, 2010, with 32 Comments  

Video: Ames Window Optical IllusionBefore we start with our newest illusion, I’d like to ask you another simple question via poll I have included. This is the easiest way for me to get enough answers in such a short period, thus can make my further decisions faster!

Let me explain in little more detail: some of you may have noticed, how I started adding self-hosted video players to this site. You can see it in action in this post, but also available here. What do you think about it? I noticed it needs some time to load itself, but its visual design, and possibilities it provides is why I chose it. So begin playing with it, and then answer this poll below!

Should we keep our newly hosted video player?

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I’ll have to monitor my bandwidth these days, to see if our servers can take such amount of load, but I should have more information to share with you tomorrow.

Now that we covered the video part, let’s jump to the illusion itself! Check the Ames Room illusion first, if you haven’t already seen it! Today’s illusion is fairly difficult to see, but once you do – it’s amazing. Focus on the rotation of the rod. It appears to continually rotate in one direction while the window appears to reverse. This causes the illusion of rod passing through the window. Can you see it? Please report your findings!