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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good

Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
French visual artist Jordan Molina, 22, aka TutoDraw is known for his 3D artwork – he can make wild animals, Disney princesses and superheroes literally jump off the page.
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Could only see one photo of this guy's work but it was a beauty!
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MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London

MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The enigmatic Dutch draftman's gravity-defying work will baffle a new generation of admirers as more than 100 pictures go on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
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From the master! A series of sketches by Escher with some explanations by the author.

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16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants

16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No, giant dogs have not invaded earth. These photos of enormous pooches create the illusion of great size through the intentional or accidental use of mixed distances without clear reference points.
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Very clever. Look carefully.

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A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris

A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When driving on Parisian highways, beware of vehicles stopped on the shoulder, unexpected weather delays and, of course, massive and hypnotic optical illusions.

For example, this stunning wo
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A 400ft x 100ft illusion of a hole in the road.  Man, that is dedication...

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New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini

New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously) recently opened a new solo exhibition titled "La Villette En Suites" featuring a number of anamorphic projections designed to be viewed from a single location creating an uncanny optical illusion. Varini is fascinated by ar
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Some really clever anamorphic illusions in Paris.

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Body paintings by Natalie Fletcher that merge with the landscape

Body paintings by Natalie Fletcher that merge with the landscape | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artist Natalie Fletcher creates amazing body paintings that becomes one with the landscape. Her figures merge with the background creating the effect of transp…
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Thanks Rakesh Nair for this clever site.

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Surreal Photos That Make You Look Twice

Surreal Photos That Make You Look Twice | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
  Erik Johansson is a full-time photographer and retoucher from Sweden, now based in Berlin, Germany. The wildly successful artist does both personal and commission work for big brands around ...
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More Erik Johansson for your viewing pleasure.

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Interactive illusions

Interactive illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Playing with mind-bending 3D art installations.
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The Chinese do have a sense of humour.  Fantastic art work.

 

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Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures By Wolfram Kampffmeyer

Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures By Wolfram Kampffmeyer | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Wolfram Kampffmeyer, a talented artist based in Germany, creates beautiful geometric paper animal sculptures in elegant pastel colors that look like computer models that have come to life.
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Hard to believe that they are made of paper...

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Optical Illusions: Find the Hidden Animals in the Rainforest

Optical Illusions: Find the Hidden Animals in the Rainforest | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Anaïs Boileau is a French illustrator and art director based in Paris. Her WWF/Botanimal project published on these pages, a collaboration with Samuel Volk, is a testament to her vision and skill. All the creatures of the rainforest are seamlessly submerged into the trees and forest floor, which makes up this delicate ecosystem. These are...
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Look hard through these photos. The illusions are not obvious.

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The floating market of Covent Garden: Find out how artist created this stunning optical illusion which makes building appear to have broken free from its foundations 

The floating market of Covent Garden: Find out how artist created this stunning optical illusion which makes building appear to have broken free from its foundations  | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
To passers-by, it looks as though a section of the market building in London's Covent Garden has broken free from its foundations and is floating unaided, high above them.
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A lot of work went into this amazing illusion. Includes many photos and a background video.

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These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic

These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Think paper is basic? Think again.

Yulia Brodskaya manages to turn paper into fantastical, illusionary artworks that come to life. A graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with companies from Neiman Marcus and Hermes to Starbucks and Ben...
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Using paper to make some spectacular figures and images.

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Urban Camo: Body Paint Blends Humans into City Backdrops | Urbanist

Urban Camo: Body Paint Blends Humans into City Backdrops | Urbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Human figures blend into iconic New York City scenes, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Guggenheim Museum, in artist Trina Merry‘s tromp l’eoil urban ...
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Wow. Trina has created some fabulous figures. But how?

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The Weirdest Optical Illusions on the Internet and How They Work

Our eyes can’t be trusted and that’s not always a bad thing. Before motion pictures came about, Victorian kids would play with optical toys — little ...
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Nothing new here except the writer tries to explain how each illusion works and does a reasonable job of it.

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Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist

Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Mind bending fun: engaging and accessible.
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Mirror illusions

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The Famous Optical Illusion Hidden in Every Typeface—Including This One

The Famous Optical Illusion Hidden in Every Typeface—Including This One | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Hidden in the vast majority of typefaces is one of the most well-known optical illusions in the world. Can you spot the illusion, and can you identify the famous illustration that demonstrates its power over human perception?
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An article on the illusions used in typography! Small but important.

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The incredible folding, exploding hotel – in pictures

The incredible folding, exploding hotel – in pictures | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Would you check in to Víctor Enrich’s shapeshifting hotel? Using 3D-image wizardry, the Spanish photographer and sometime piano player has made Munich’s NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel dance in 88 mindbending ways – one for each of his beloved instrument’s keys
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One hotel, many views. Is it real?

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A Sprawling New Cut Paper Bacterium by Rogan Brown

A Sprawling New Cut Paper Bacterium by Rogan Brown | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artist Rogan Brown (previously) recently completed work on this new cut paper sculpture titled Cut Microbe. Four months in the making, the piece is a continuation of Brown's exploration of the human biome and was inspired by the form of salmonella and ecoli bacteria (this 44" scu
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Incredible paper! cut model of a bacterium.  No wonder it took him four months.  However, the results are spectacular!

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Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo

Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Indonesian Artist Ivan Hoo is a master at creating optical illusions. No, those aren't real starbucks cups, they are the result of pastels, pencils and outstanding talent. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivan-Hoo-Art/441601749220801
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When I first saw the Starbucks cups on the wooden piece, I thought, "Ho hum" until I realised that they were drawings!

I should have said, "Whoo, Hoo!".

Incredible talent.

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Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Created With Photo Manipulation

Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Created With Photo Manipulation | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and retoucher based in Berlin who is well known on the Internet for his amazing surreal photo manipulations that s
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Some very nice retouched photos.

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Evolution Meets Photoshop In These 19 Terrifyingly Adorable New Animal Species

Evolution Meets Photoshop In These 19 Terrifyingly Adorable New Animal Species | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An artist pits Photoshop, and her own artistry, against nature to create bizarre new species.
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These really are illusions but they are very convincing.

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How to create a tilt shift effect in Photoshop | Creative Nerds

How to create a tilt shift effect in Photoshop | Creative Nerds | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A short video screen cast tutorial using Photoshop to create a very popular effect tilt shift. The tutorial uses photoshop mask tool, gradient tool and blur
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Looks easy but I haven't tried it yet. Create your own illusion.

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21 Creative and bizarre cakes that are too good to eat

21 Creative and bizarre cakes that are too good to eat | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Cakes are for special occasions and to mark these special occasions some creative souls design cakes that are so beautiful that you will have an hard time cutt…
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Excellent series of cakes make to look like real objects. The one with the baby in it is a bit unnerving!

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Anamorphic Illusions by Truly Design

Anamorphic Illusions by Truly Design | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Turin-based street art collective Truly Design have done it again. One of their new projects is a collaboration with the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne, as part of an “Art on Science” public exhibition, focused primarily on optical illusions. The works by Truly Design are intelligent pieces which quietly subvert the cliches of traditional optical...
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A couple of inspiring anamorphic illusions.

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This Street Performer Has Mastered One of the Greatest Illusions

This Street Performer Has Mastered One of the Greatest Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These Prague street performers have pulled off one of the finest executions of the levitating man illusion you will ever see. For those of you who hate fun and wonder, we've got the secret — and the physics — behind this ancient trick.
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How to create your own levitation illusion.

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