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By on June 19, 2011, with 17 Comments  

Erik Johansson… Hm, now why does this name sound so familiar? Let’s see if our post tags can be of assistance in situation like this one… I knew it! If you check the #Erik Johansson tag, you may discover he had created that marvelous chalk drawing in Stockholm’s square, one we featured not so long ago. Well, if you think about it for a second, nothing prevents an artist to establish himself in more than one area! As you can see in the attached photo, Erik does wonders with photo manipulation too! Titled “Common Sense Crossing“, this work’s transition from normal to upside-down view was done incredibly smooth. It greatly reminds me of Michael Kai’s “This Side Up” gallery, agree? If you like what you see below, be sure to check Erik’s profile at deviantART for more!

By on June 19, 2011, with 17 Comments  

I recently wrote about my trip to Universal Studios and while on vacation, my boyfriend and I also decided to take a stop at Knott’s Berry Farm. Since I can’t ride roller coasters since I started getting migraine headaches, the thing I was most looking forward to was the park’s Mystery Shack, partially based on the famous Mystery Spot of Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, upon arrival, I learned the shack was torn down over 10 years ago because they found it too difficult to maintain.

While I was disappointed to not get to live out this fun memory from my youth, I was at least able to find a website that shared a variety of pictures and information from the attraction. So at least this way I still get to share the cool illusions that once stood at the park with all of you.

The Mystery Shack was built on a hill, which would mess with your perspective just enough to create a variety of cool illusions. The first trick involved forced perspective that made two people appear to change heights right in front of a whole audience. Next, your guide would take you inside where you would see a chair that stood perched on the wall without nails or magnets.

Near the end of the shack was a water trough that would seemingly send the water uphill.

By the end of the tour, you’d feel like you didn’t know which way was up and how to walk straight. It was a great illusion. While I couldn’t visit the shack, I’m still happy to get to share its memory with all of you. Hope you enjoyed our tour.

By on June 18, 2011, with 48 Comments  

We’ve featured tons of 3D chalk drawings on the site before, but what makes this one particularly special isn’t the subject matter (although Mouse Trap is a great choice), but the awesome video of the masterpiece being completed.

The lead artist behind this work is Tracy Lee Stum, who happens to hold a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk painting by a single individual (as opposed to the largest chalk drawing by a group, which is featured on Moillusions here). Yeah, she’s pretty impressively talented whether working with a group, like she did on this Mouse Trap project, or working alone, like she did on the record-winning Last Supper piece below.

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By on June 16, 2011, with 51 Comments  

I realize I might have given insufficient explanation in our previous article, as I thought it was more than obvious the illusion was animated .gif file. Moreover it was required for it to loop between two frames, in order to work properly. If you haven’t fully understood the way it works, be sure to read some of the comments other visitors left, explaining it in more details.

I understand how my English can sometimes sound crippled, specially in situations that require in-depth explaining. So I apologize once again, but also thank you for all of the warm feedback regarding my diploma!

Btw, to show you how important all of your suggestions and bug reports are, I’ve fixed the mobile theme’s width (be sure to check this site on your smartphones and report your experience). I’ve also included the “Next Random Illusion” button at the footer of each article in our mobile version :) …oh, and for today’s post – I just hope it doesn’t need any additional explanation (hint). This beautiful photo is courtesy of Noor Abdul-Sahib.

By on June 15, 2011, with 170 Comments  

After 9 years of struggle, finally I have graduated my University and obtained master’s degree in telecommunications. It feels like someone lifted a giant boulder off of my chest. Yet somehow I already miss this boulder. It made me feel I belong to something, I could’ve identified myself as being part of a student body… Anyway,  now that you know the big news, let’s see what m.ee. Vurdlak has prepared for you today!

Try and focus on the right (sharp) part of the photo on your right. The photo shows something that resembles two lighthouses, but I can assure you it would’ve worked even if the motive was carrots. After some time the image has changed, and the right lighthouse turns blurry. You’ll get the impression the left lighthouse is now sharper than the right one. In reality the new image contains two identically blurred lighthouses. Not sure if I managed to explain this well enough, but I can assure you this illusion deserves some extra attention!

By on June 12, 2011, with 49 Comments  

Tilt shift photography involves using selective focus and a shifted photo angle in an image. While the effect can be used for a variety of photo techniques, one of the most popular applications involves using the image to depict making real items and places to look like they are actually miniatures. The photos can be altered in the camera or later on, digitally by blurring parts of an image to look out of focus as though they are not in the same image plane as the focal point.

When you think about it, one of the strangest things about tilt shift photos is the fact that generally pictures of models are made to look realistic. If you shoot a model so it looks as though it’s not real, you’re doing a disservice to the model itself. So in a way, tilt shift photos involve a skilled photographer shooting a real setting to look like a model that was shot by an amateur who doesn’t know what he’s doing. And that intentional imitation of a mistake is precisely what makes these photos so fun.

These six examples, each taken by a different photographer, all show just how powerful the illusion can be in manipulating a scene to look like it’s an imaginary setting.

There isn’t much info about this lonely casa on the photographer, eljoja’s Flickr stream, other than the fact that it is located in Barcelona, Spain. Even so, the cute brick building looks stunning when pictured all alone with no other homes or businesses in the area.

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By on June 11, 2011, with 57 Comments  

I’m little bit disappointed how none of you responded to my question regarding loading speed of our galleries. This also tells me how most of you don’t give a crap about what I say, as long as the illusions keep coming. I also noticed how I end up with pretty dumb headlines, when my attention is drawn away from illusions ;D

So let’s see if I can fix this with today’s post! It appears the Swedish artist Erik Johansson has joined the pavement chalk-masters wagon with his incredible optical illusion in the center of Stockholm. It tricks you into believing that the giant hole has opened up in the middle of the main city square. The illusion measures 32 by 18 metres and is located in Sergels torg square. Check some of the shots as well as accompanying video after the jump:

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By on June 9, 2011, with 31 Comments  

So, what I’ve been up to these days: I’ve listened to your advice and made the galleries load faster. Be sure to check this exampled gallery, and tell me if it’s working quicker for you. I’m also doing some tests using different thumbnails below posts. Hope these aren’t problematic for you like previous ones were?

Additionally, expert I hired helped me quicken the loading times, so you should have better experience when browsing moillusions.com from now on. I still need your feedback regarding all of the changes. Is everything on this site functioning for you? Do you still notice ANY technical or logical errors when you browse? Report anything you find problematic, and I’ll see if it can be fixed :D BTW, once again I have implemented Top 10 Optical Illusions section at the end of our sidebar. Regarding the illusion in this post – well, the title says it all!