Top Illusions

This Causes Bad Eyes

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Which did you see first, the blocks or the words?
The sentence will have you question your vision as you squint to make out the illusion! So don't try too hard.

If you still can't make out the phrase, close your eyes for several seconds, stand back at a distance, and then look at it again.
If you can't make out the blocks, I find that moving in closer helps.

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Cyril's Cigarette Routine

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Cyril Takayama (aka Sero, セロ), shows off his sleight of hand skills. The routine is equally fascinating as it is lengthy.

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"Alright, well I'll have one. Thank you."

"Okay, so I'm going to do magic with just one cigarette. "

"In the middle. One, two."

"How about it?"

(Viewer): "Amazing. Appearing and disappearing!"

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The Real Invisible Man

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Liu Bolin is an artist who uses body paint to blend himself into various scenes, in order to appear invisible.

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Clever Pin Tricks

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With clever performance and witty delivery this college student shows us his skills with stationary pins. At first, two pins are dropped into the victim's hand and appear suddenly attached. The victim appears unconvinced, and so the magician continues to magically detach and reattach the pins in plain view and at different speeds. Yet he was still unconvinced.

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Optical Illusions In Transparent Monitors

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You may have seen these before, monitors that have the view directly behind it set as a wallpaper. These give the illusion that the monitor is transparent by displaying a non-real-time view. According to Jason Fitzpatrick at Lifehacker, these can enhance the workspace and reduce the visual weight of your monitor. I'm willing to try this out as the technique behind this is really simple.

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Funny Houdini Escape

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Avi Frier, a Florida magician, performs a comedic Houdini shackle escape for an office party. After being locked up tight, he repeatedly releases and relocks himself as he directs and instructs a member of the audience around the stage. This bewilders the assistant while cracking up the whole audience.

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Trick Gone Bad

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A street magician performs to a group of people with a pick-a-card trick that goes horribly wrong. In the process, he shows us how we can exit all failed magic tricks.

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The Missing Corner Cube

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Created by Michael Bach, this cube presents itself first as an object with a missing corner. There are two more interpretations: "daughter cube" and "room corner". To realize the daughter cube, stare at it long enough to see that the gray zones are actually one cube attached to the larger cube.

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Wallpaper Fridays - "Infinite Escher"

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How many users out there still have this old black MacBook? If you're one of them, set this as your wallpaper now. Find the full size image here. I really like this one because here is one user who apparently doesn't shy away from using his MacBook roughly. Though Escher's works may be found in museums, this Macbook certainly won't.

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The Dragon's Fire In The Castle

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This red dragon seems to be in a rage. His fire flows through the castle in a straight line. His tail is wrapped around the castle. Is there anything else you can notice?

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