Another rotating Illusion. Only this time it isn’t snakes, it’s cogs! These cogs are constantly in motion and will never stop moving!
Another cool Illusion provided by Grand-Illusions. This is the idea of the two sides of human character. Have a look at the picture below. On the left is Mr. Hyde, and on the right is Dr. Jekyll.
Now, back away from your computer screen. This effect will work at different distances for different people, but you should see the two characters swap over…! As you come closer to the screen again, they revert to their original characters. Spooky or what! This image was created by Phillippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva of the Univ. of Glasgow. It proves that we may not be seeing what’s actually there, all the time…
As optical illusions go, we think this is pretty impressive. A short explanation goes something like this. When we look at an object, we can normally see both fine detail and coarse detail. However when we are close, the fine detail will dominate, and when we are further away, we lose the fine detail, and see more of the coarse detail.
Both of the faces you see above are hybrids – each face is actually a combination of two faces. The left hand face shows an angry man in fine detail, but within the picture there is also coarse detail of the calm face. Move away, and you lose the fine (angry) detail, and just see the coarse (calm) detail.
The right hand face shows the calm face in fine detail, and the angry face in coarse detail.
This is really a wonderful Illusion, originally invented by some English guy I think. This little dragon is made out of paper – simply print it, cut it out, stick it together, and stand it on a table or shelf. When you move around, the dragon’s head seems to follow you around the room (if you stare at it’s eyes). Have a look at the video below to see what I mean. The effect is frightening! You can print the dragon yourself by following thumbnails below (be shure to fold dragon’s head to outside, and not the presumed inside fold!) This is awesome!
How does it work? If we move around when viewing a solid object, our brain knows how the object we are looking at should behave. However the dragon gives us the wrong clues, because we mis-interpret what its shape is. We assume that the nose of the dragon is pointing out towards us, but in fact the dragon’s head is concave. Below is the dragon illusion blueprint, click on the image to view it full size, save it and cut it as the instructions say!
Here’s more of the wonderfull sidewalk drawings. They really look like part of the street enviroment!
Check out this chalk drawing illusion of a Sony Vaio Laptop computer. Looks like the top part of the screen is just jumping off the sidewalk! More Pictures Inside this article! All of these pictures were done by Julian Beever, so be sure to visit his website regullary for more of his wonderfull work!
It’s hard to believe there is no water on the sidewalk below! The hose, drain, puddle… everything is painted on the sidewalk by Julian!
Is that guy spraying chalk fixative onto that fly… or is it another Chalk Drawing Illusion? That’s pretty incredible, but I think you’ll find that some of the other artists captured the optical illusion even more realistic!
This could certainly be the best self portrait I have ever seen.Imagine how long it took the artist to figure out exactly how to do this in perspective. It would surely have been great to see this art exibit in person!
Although the seal doesn’t look incredibly realistic, it sure looks like it is popping up out of the water handing the artist a fresh cola after days of hard work.
How would you like to be walking down the sidewalk and then suddenly fall into a hole like these guys? Take a little closer look at who has fallen into the hole. It’s tough to tell but it looks like George W. Bush and John Major, the former British Prime Minister have fallen into the hole…. and is that Tony Blair looking into the camera? Regardless, this sidewalk optical illusion is just downright incredible!
This is fascinating. These rooms are painted so that, when looked at right, optical illusions will appear. Very cool indeed. MORE PICTURES INSIDE!