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This Guy’s Simple-Looking Camera Tricks Are Actually Pretty Amazing

Before Twitter killed it off, Kevin Parry was a Vine star (who has since jumped ship to Instagram) known for his simplistic yet mind-blowing optical illusions. He’s since compiled a few of them into a longer video that will have you spending the rest of the day trying to figure out how he made each one. Read More >>

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Crazy Illusion Somehow Transforms Rectangles Into Circles in the Mirror

What in the sorcerous hell is this? Kokichi Sugihara’s ‘Rectangles and Circles’ illusion is a mind-bending visual trip that turns squares into circles and circles into squares right in front of your face. Different shapes are placed at a mirror and what you see in front of you is totally different from what you see in the mirror. It’s like the mirror is actually a portal to another dimension where squares are circles and circles are squares. Seriously ... what the hell? Read More >>

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Here’s How This Magical See-Through Wine Rack Actually Works

Harlequin Illusions has created this seemingly magical red oak wine rack that appears vacant in the middle when viewed from the side, despite there obviously being bottles stored in it. But the secret behind this trick isn’t wormholes or holograms, it’s a magician’s most faithful assistant. Read More >>

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Can You Tell Which of These Illusions are Real, and Which Ones Aren’t?

It’s all about the perspective. Well, it’s also a little about how easily our eyes can be tricked. Read More >>

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This Super Realistic Glass of Water is Actually a Drawing

I love occasionally blowing my brain up and nothing does it quite like when I see something that looks real but is actually a perfect photorealistic drawing. Take this glass of water, it’s drawn with such skill and shading and angling and plays on your perspective so well that I feel like I can reach out and take a sip. Read More >>

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Oculus Used These Optical Illusions to Prove Everything We Know is Wrong

Virtual reality isn't ready yet. It's damn good but it can't quite fully convince you that you are someplace you're not. How sure are you of the "real world," anyhow? Today, Oculus VR guru Michael Abrash used these great optical illusions to show how fake our reality can be. Read More >>

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Optical Illusion Painting Changes its Perspective as You Move Around It

When I started to watch this video I thought I wasn't looking at a painting but a high definition flat display that tracked your eyes, modifying a 3D model to give you the illusion of real depth. And then the magics finally get revealed. It's so simple and so damn cool. Read More >>

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The Best Optical Illusions of 2014 are Truly Mind-Bending Stuff

Each year, the Neural Correlate Society holds a contest among experts on perception and visual illusions. The top ten entries get selected by a panel, and the three best are then picked in an international gathering that I imagine as some sort of wizards convention. Here are are the winners. Read More >>

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Stare at This Illusion for 10 Seconds to Witness Witchcraft

Your eyes can paint colours onto blank objects. I swear! Just stare at the red dot in this optical illusion for 10 seconds and you'll see the black and white cityscape be transformed; each building will have its own nuanced colour. Magic! Read More >>

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Amazing Optical Illusion Staircase Seems to Go to Heaven

Check out this great photograph by Paul Davis of the awesome sculpture by David McCracken on the beach of Bondi, Australia. Called Diminish and Ascend, this aluminium staircase seems to go to infinity and beyond. McCracken deformed the stairs' angles to create the optical illusion, which works from other angles too. Read More >>

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Optical Illusions Make This Boring Desk Pretty Amazing

Never Hide Films has been working with Ray Ban since 2007 to put out weird videos that make you think about the world differently. And ideally make you want to go buy sunglasses. This one, titled "Super Clever Sunglass Illusion," has enough twists to keep the momentum going. Read More >>

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The Different Shades in This Picture Are Actually Painted in Real Life

What's going on in this picture? Did the photographer add some special lens? Is this some kooky Instagram filter? Is the camera defective? Was it photoshopped? Maybe folded over and over? Nope. The stripes inside the photograph are actually painted like that in real life. Read More >>

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Holy Crap These Four Images Are Actually Just One Single Picture

On first glance, you probably thought these images were four different pictures stitched together with Pic Stitch for Instagram or something. I don't blame you, it looks like a perfect windowpane. But what's crazy is if you look closer, these four images are actually just one single photograph. What. Read More >>

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Watch Audio Frequencies Create Amazing Visual Patterns

Sometimes when the music is really good, and the sound is really loud, and the pill is really potent, you can see what you hear. But that's just brain tricks. This, however, is real and mesmerising. Watch how different audio frequencies can create mind blowing visual patterns. It's a kaleidoscope of sound. Read More >>