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What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from ano
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I have shown some of these before but they are worth it. Brilliant.

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Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions

Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A magical sight, before it all gets washed away.
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I have never seen this use of sand to get a 3D effect. Very clever - if you are standing in the right place!

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The Anamorphic Eye

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Italian graffiti crew Truly Design has hand-painted an anamorphic installation for the 2013 festival of Architettura in Citta. An eye and paintbrush can be seen if a spectator stands at a specific angle of the gallery room.
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Again, brilliant.

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Shadowland, Pilobolus Dance Theatre NY

Spectacular performance!!
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Set of dancers create interesting sillouhettes from their body shadows.  Good use of perspective too.

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Sooo awsome!!!!

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Optical Illusions Highlight Hospital's Space Needs

Optical Illusions Highlight Hospital's Space Needs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The British Columbia Children's Hospital Foundation teamed with Dare to create a campaign to raise funds for the construction of new hospital.
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Terrific use of optical illusions to illustrate a point - we need more space!

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Six Ways to Create the Illusion of Space

Learn how to create the illusion of space in this free video art lesson brought to you by thevirtualinstructor.com.
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Incredible Art Illusion

http://www.videobash.com Check out this awesome YesNo illusion by Markus Raetz. I have to admit, it really does play tricks with your brain!
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Optical Illusions

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Great set of artistic optical illusions.

Lots of street work, impossible windows and perspectives.

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Amazing Anamorphic Illusions by Felice Varini | Too Cool 2 Be True

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions by Felice Varini | Too Cool 2 Be True | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Felice Varini is a Swiss artist who creates unbelievable anamorphic illusions. Complete shapes are only seen at certain angles.Otherwise you will see just some random broken pieces. Already posted most of these but worth seeing the others.

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Optical Illusion Rug Design Puts The “Crazy” In Crazy Carpet | FEELguide

Optical Illusion Rug Design Puts The “Crazy” In Crazy Carpet | FEELguide | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

I thought this rug design by brothers Mauricio and Sebastián Lara was pretty damn smart. (Note: there is a very nice reverse perspective video near the end of the page - not on rugs, but very interesting).

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Linear Perspective: Filippo Brunelleschi's Experiment - Smarthistory

Linear Perspective: Filippo Brunelleschi's Experiment - Smarthistory | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

An introduction to Filippo Brunelleschi's experiment regarding linear perspective c. 1420, in front of the Baptistry in Florence

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The Best illusion ever ? Yes

The Psychologist in this video is Vilayanur S. Ramachandran. http://cbc.ucsd.edu/ramabio.html V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute.

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20 Awesome Optical Illusions Using Typography

20 Awesome Optical Illusions Using Typography | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
With help of typography you can make a lot of amazing things. Let's see how some visionary artists are altering our perception of reality and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with typography. Here we have 20 amazing optical illusions using typography.
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Some excellent example of perspective illusions usually involving words or phrases.

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Woman drinks huge glass of wine

Woman drinks huge glass of wine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
fotoflex sent me this rather lovely image who is about to have the mother all of hangovers....
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Another interesting perspective shot.

Probably better to keep the glass as clean as possible - the wine stains are impossibly big.

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This wild illusion causes you to see an object in three different ways

This wild illusion causes you to see an object in three different ways | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There are so many optical illusions that feature an object or picture that can be seen in two different ways. But have you ever seen an illusion that can be interpreted in three different ways?
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Worth watching the whole video...

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Great street illusions....

Great street illusions.... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
I love the idea of spreading images across railings.  Here is how it looks when it is done really well....enjoy!    
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Top 10 Illusions in 2012 - My Modern Metropolis

Top 10 Illusions in 2012 - My Modern Metropolis | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Just like in 2011, let's wrap up 2012 with some of the most mind-bending photos or artworks we came across this year. Though an illusion is defined in several different ways, we like it when it's described as something that distorts our senses or changes our perceived reality. From clever companies to creative street artists, these were the top works that really messed with our minds.

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Big number of incredible 3D street pictures...

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boptical illusion | Ciarán Brennan

boptical illusion | Ciarán Brennan | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Painting on the house for real this time, painted this optical illusion for a party we have at our house each year. I didnt get to finish it completely ,I wanted to paint the inside of the house through the hole in the wall but I ended up just making it dark. Some of the front baloons are real baloons, they shrunk a bit before I took the photo so they seem a bit out of scale with the painted ones.

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13 Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind

13 Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When it comes to admiring 3D street art, it's often a matter of perspective -- look at a street artist's design from one angle and it appears flat and distorted, but from another the illustration comes alive.
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Amazing BIG Perspective Illusions

Amazing BIG Perspective Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Funny Videos, pictures, sketches, and humor online. Interesting and rare finds on the internet.
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Brit Knits: An Amazing Queen Stamp from the Illusion Knitters!

Brit Knits: An Amazing Queen Stamp from the Illusion Knitters! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
They've done it again! Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth have created another amazing work of art with illusion knitting.
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MatisseThe Red Studio - Smarthistory

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Since Manet (and Degas, Monet, and Cezanne), artists have sought to undermine the illusion of space that had ruled painting since about 1425.

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Car illusion

An illusion we made on our street, turns out these toy cars actually have a purpose.

An oldie but a goodie...

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