How do you make a plastic bottle sit on top of a Rubik's Cube without a Rubik's Cube? It may seem like a brain teaser, but it's more like something you would see in an Escher drawing. An optical illusion. A three-dimensional world trapped in a two-dimensional image, which is ...more
Check out this video to make an optical illusion paper toy. Don't be dismayed by the intricacy, just read the text on the bottom of the screen!
In this how-to video, you will learn how to make an animated optical illusion with paper. First, start off with one ball and copy it five more times so that it goes in a line to the corner. Make sure there are six balls in total. Next, create a striped pattern shown. There are ...more
Every year, some overly ambitious neighbor down the street amazes the crowds with his DIY illusion costume. While these costumes certainly require more work than pulling a mask over your head, they do have that wow factor that others lack. These costumes illicit lots of doubl ...more
YouTube illusionist Brusspup has used everything from mirrors to fire to create his optical illusions, but his latest trick is a little more 2D. Using a printer, a transparency sheet and a piece of regular paper, he made several illusions that trick your brain into thinking th ...more
Make an amazing paper toy that can take on multiple shapes and appears to turn inside out. This how-to video will show you just how to make this perfect paper puzzle that will amaze anyone.
Using a computer screen and a sheet of glass you too can create a hologram! As this video shows, simply use the correct monitor (depending on what you want to do) and a piece of glass positioned appropriately to create the holographic image.
Minecraft never ceases to amaze, from programmable pianos to serial killers. But now someone has tackled M. C. Escher's famous Relativity lithograph from 1953 that depicts a world not bound by the normal laws of gravity. It's an amazing puzzle of a three-dimensional world trap ...more
UPDATE: Here's the latest on the optical illusion disaster waiting to happen: the "warning illusion" has been installed, and now you can now see it in action below. No car accidents have been reported yet, but it's only a matter of time... Unexpectedly, the illusion appears t ...more
This video is compilation of ten amazing optical illusions: Rooftop Illusion, Color Illusion, Motion Binding Illusion, Crazy Wire Illusion, Duck-Rabbit Illusion, Silver Egg Illusion, Anamorphic Illusion, Water Illusion, Animated Optical Illusion. Video: .
The Illusion Contest of the Year recently announced their top ten finalists, and the overwhelming crowd and jury favorite is Impossible Motion: Magnet-like Slopes by Koukichi Sugihara of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Japan. Ready? Brain- ...more
Optical illusions don't require fancy techniques; this one relies entirely in the details. Gather up a pen/pencil, paper, and a pair of scissors. Draw a parallelogram to be used as the template for both tabletops in this sketch. By varied angling, leg lengths, and color, the t ...more
See what you can do to impress your friends with a hammer and a ruler. This magic illusion is sure to impress your friends. Watch the hammer hooked to the foot-long plastic ruler dangle and balance from the edge of a countertop. Next, see the the reveal of the illusion, which ...more
Imagine this scenario: Late for work, you jump in the car. Going your usual 10 or maybe even 15 miles over the speed limit, suddenly a ball tumbles into the road, closely pursued by a little girl! Scared sh*tless, you slam on your brakes. Except it's not imaginary. It's real. ...more
Wow. Really fantastic fire illusion by WonderHowTo favorite, BrussPup. Hang in there, the magic starts to happen at 0:34. Previously, Jerry Andrus and His Impossible Box. Create Fake 3D Objects with Camera Illusions. Artist With Waaay Too Much Time and Money, Paints Pointless ...more
And the magic is revealed ten seconds in! Disappointed? Me, too. Such a simple explanation. Those first 10 seconds were so convincing... Previously, Why Are Our Brains Fooled By Optical Illusions? Truly Impressive Fire Box Optical Illusion. Truly Insane Fire Animation. Get Min ...more
Watch this video to learn how to make an illusion necklace with beading wire, beads and crimps. Part 1 of 2 - How to Make an illusion necklace. Part 2 of 2 - How to Make an illusion necklace.
In this video tutorial you will learn to use Photoshop to create your own skull face optical illusion. After you have completed, ask your friends to stare at the middle of the image for about 30 seconds. When they look away, the skull will appear before their very eyes on the ...more
My mind is playing tricks on me! Discover Magazine systematically dissects five fantastic optical illusions. The scientific explanations are logical: "our brains are programmed to see the world in three dimensions instead of two" ...or... "illusion arises when cells in the ...more
Let's take a look at the softer side of illusions! Check out the images below and see if you can crack what's really behind these photos. This type of optical illusion is usually referred to as an ambiguous image. Your brain tries to make quick sense out of the information com ...more
This is the explanation of David Copperfield's Arm Twist. Very easy to do. Recommended: using a long sleeve/jacket. Perform David Copperfield's Arm Twist Illusion. Click through to watch this video on youtube.com
This is an amazing video of the dragon illusion (a variation of the hollow face illusion) in effect, and also includes a great video on how to make it. You can download a PDF and save it to your computer. Then you can print so you too can build your own dragon illusion. No mat ...more
Learn how to make a paper cylinder that can take on many different shapes.
It's time to discover how fun art and drawing is! Learn how to draw young lady or old hag illusion. Drawing is a way of creating and expressing ourselves, and therefore the result is always beautiful. Drawingnow.com brings you step-by-step drawing tutorials on many different ...more
A quite silly and easy to perform trick of a floating handkerchief. Watch this piece of cloth float, and how? A fork!
This trick is super cool and looks a lot like those found in popular video games. In this tutorial, get a step by step on a jumping illusion that looks like you weighlessly propelled yourself using only water. This trick will take a lot of practice but once you've mastered it, ...more
This is a demo of how to draw M.C. Escher's impossible cube. It's a pretty cool design we're sure you have seen before. This is a rough demonstration of how to draw this incredible illusion.
How does it feel when you draw? What do you want to draw? Watch this instructional drawing video to begin drawing optical illusions. Draw a photograph to begin understanding the optical illusion of depth.
Does size matter? When it comes to optical illusions, it does. The size of a human brain's visual cortex determines how he or she sees the world, meaning not everybody observes optical illusions in the same way. Via io9, Dr. D. Samuel Schwarzkopf, a researcher at University C ...more
Paper Donut is a collaborative graffiti project between Justine Ricaud and Alexis Facca. The French duo paint geometrical illusions as urban art (with the exception of the gallery installation below). They've also posted some detail shots that give you some sense of how it was ...more
This requires a dry hen's egg at room temperature. Hold an egg near a candle flame to cover it with soot. It will need to be completely covered. This is tricky, because if the egg is a tiny bit damp the soot will easily flake off on to your fingers as you turn the egg. Once th ...more
Here's how you can achieve a more lifted look by contouring & highlighting your cleavage and decolette area.
In this video tutorial, we learn how to perform the "Infinity Mirror" magic trick. For more information about the trick and its execution, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started incorporating this trick into your own routines, watch this free video m ...more
Ever wonder how to create movie magic right in your own home? This video shows you step by step everything you need to know and do to create the green screen effect, from properly setting up your green screen, to lighting it, as well as your subjects for a successful effect. F ...more
Watch this video to learn how to hack together your own Jacob's Ladder optical illusion cassette tape toy.
This is a pretty cool little trick for your brain. If you stare at a negative image for a little, then switch it to black and white, it appears to be in color. Images can be downloaded here: http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l13... This is a good way to trick your mind's eye ...more
The holiday season wouldn't be the same without decorations. Ornaments and fancy lighting brightens up a neighborhood and helps spread the holiday cheer. While decorations and Christmas lights are fantastic, why not get a little more creative and some fun in the process? One ...more
Ever needed to create the illusion of shaved eyebrows? If you are going to try a Chola makeup look you'll need to get rid of those brows! So, instead of shaving them in real life and causing irrepairable damage, in this tutorial, Kandee will show you how to create the appearan ...more
This is one more cool illusion by maricv84, one where you slide a transparent sheet with black bars overtop a cryptic image to create an animated effect. Video: . The links for the images used in the video are below. You can print them out and try it at home. Just make sure to ...more
This tutorial will show you how to surprise others with the illusive effect of a clear cell phone screen. Take a picture of your fingers at the right size and save it as the wallpaper. In your hand, the screen will then look like the it is invisible. Watch this video pranking ...more
Those interested in learning how to make their own jewelry, can learn how to make a floating illusion necklace by following the steps in this video tutorial. You will need a beading board, beading wire, crimp beads, beads of your choice, a barrel clasp, wire cutters, and crimp ...more
This will show you how to take negative afterimages to another level. By introducing a negative color photo and then immediately incorporating a black and white version of the same photo, you will perceive the black and white photo in full color (the way the color photo was me ...more
Artist Felice Varini has been playing with the art of illusion since 1979. This piece takes on the incredible scale of an entire Swiss village. From Core77: "In Cercle et suite d'éclats, Varini...superimposes perfect circles on the town of Vercorin in the Swiss Alps. From i ...more
Here are 10 incredible optical illusions that will blow your mind! Which optical illusion do you think is the coolest? Video: .
Unreal! You have to see this illusion to believe it. Learn how to make this geometric illusion with household materials.
Beautiful textile illusion by artist Timur Si-Qin! How Does it Work? This specific style of pattern is known as moiré. According to Wikipedia, moiré "is an interference pattern created when two grids are overlaid at an angle, or when they have slightly different mesh sizes." ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a floating illusion style necklace. You will need: beading wire, crimping pliers, wire cutters, beads (your choice), crimp beads, crimp covers (3mm), and a clasp (barrel clasp). First, cut your beading wire to the length you want your nec ...more
Want to create 3D shapes in flash easily, without doing any real 3D modeling work? Watch this video and learn a few basics. An Adobe Flash tutorial video that is essentially divided into three sections. The 1st section teaches how to create a rounded filled circle with spheric ...more
You don't have to go the boring route with Christmas lights this year. Try hacking them, or better yet see if you can replicate this Tron-themed optical illusion made by WonderHowTo favorite Brusspup. Good luck... looks like it took some serious time and patience to get it rig ...more
Want to trick your eyes? Follow the step by step instructions on how to create a polka dot optical illusion using Adobe Photoshop. Create an optical illusion with Photoshop. Click through to watch this video on tricklife.com
At first glance, this drawing looks like nothing special, just an odd design of lines, but then you notice the two bolded lines. They look like they are different sizes, but are they? No! They are the exact same length. Tricky… very tricky. To learn how to create this optical ...more
Want a knitting project that looks really impressive and complex but is actually much simpler than it appears? Then this hexagonal illusion cube blanket, made with an array of variously colored hexagons. The blanket is made of 100% wool, so it's perfect for covering up and the ...more
In this video tutorial, we learn how to perform the "Amazing Dragon Illusion" magic trick. For more information about the trick and its execution, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started incorporating this trick into your own routines, watch this free ...more
Optical illusions are thrilling and abundant, and this one is both cool and novel. All you need are two pieces of twisted metal wires like those show in the video. Slide them together, then untwist to created a really cool illusion.
In this series Mark Wenzel shows us how to perform popular mime illusions. Part 1 of 7 - How to Do mime illusions. Do mime illusions - Part 2 of 7. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Do mime illusions - Part 3 of 7. Click through to watch this video on expe ...more
In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create the illusion of depth that is necessary for 3D text. This would be useful for creating a 3D sign like something you'd see above a building.
It's jewelry, it's an illusion, it's your very own cool creation. Here's how to make a flower ring that will bloom before your eyes.
Photographers have been using the Pepper's Ghost Illusion for over a century to play up the level of creepiness in their photos. Many of the pictures that claim to be real "sightings" use this technique to project a ghostly figure into the background of their images. Today, it ...more
Heads up: the following videos and GIFs will definitely cause you to zone out and lose focus on whatever it is you're doing. Ouka is an award-winning Japanese entertainer whose made a name for himself with magic tricks and diabolo performances (the latter of which you can see ...more
This video is about an optical illusion of a straw going through a safety pin. It is a simple illusion that any one can do. First, you need a safety pin, a toothpick and a straw. Cut the straw to the size of the toothpick, and using the safety pin, pierce straw and the toothpi ...more