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ART & ILLUSION Archimbolo, the inventor of the "composite head" and now John Langdon. Art and Illusion

GAMES WITH BRAINS Mysterious Mind Readers, Classic Slider Puzzles, The Match Game, Missing Card Illusion. Games Flash, Java

The BANANA & THE HOT PEPPER An interactive look at a classic "size" illusion. Distortions See Exhibit 4 Flash

ANIMAL, VEGTABLE, OR MINERAL? Guess what it is, and see the global results Live! Camouflage See Exhibit 1

DIMPLES or PIMPLES?
What direction does the light come from? Ambiguities See Exhibit 7 Flash

CLASSROOMS ON THE WEB Web sites by, for, and about Education. Classrooms on the Web Add your Link!

CHECKER BOARD ILLUSION What you see isn't always what you get. Check out this illusion of Contrast See Exhibit 3 Flash

THE ROTATING WINDOW PANE A painted card is rotated. But is it really rotating? Distortions See Exhibit 19 Flash

MYSTERY SPOTS Explained! We've always loved them, and always will. Here is why. Mystery Spots.

TICKET TO CROCKERLAND!
How Commander Scott spied a shimmering mirage, and declared it a "new land." Mirage Illusions

WHAT IS AN ILLUSION?
The science of illusions explained in simple terms.
Written specially for our visitors by JR Block, professor of psychology, and author of our favorite books; Can You Believe Your Eyes? and his newest full-color illusion-fest, Seeing Double. To read his free online article go to What is an Illusion?

 

 


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MUSICAL ILLUSION! Explore the sounds of The Shepard Scale! A musical equivalent of the impossible staircase. It seems impossible. Ambiguities See Exhibit 21

PHANTOM MOVEMENT! See this amazing design move on its own. Try several different variations. Contrast See Exhibit 1 Flash

BURNING FUSES An illusion of high contrast. Ghostly white glows which don't exist. Contrast See Exhibit 2 Flash

Hidden Rope Trick What is the whole truth? You probably won't believe your eyes. We didn't either. Distortions See Exhibit 10 Flash

WHAT IS STROOP? The newest old thing. Cognitive science can be fun. Take a simple, and fun 5 minute test. Projects See Exhibit 6 Flash

MORE MOIRÉS More of those pattern generators you adore. Slide, twirl, and spin through these exhibits. Moire Patterns See Exhibit 10 Flash, Java

FLASHING FRACTAL! This poster is a Visual Dynamo! Hold onto your eyeballs! After Images See Exhibit 3

CAMOUFLAGE ILLUSIONS! Hidden objects, sneaky pictures, and background bogglers. Camouflage Flash, Java

LIGHT IT UP! Illuminate this light bulb with the power of your own mind! After Images See Exhibit 5

THE MOON ILLUSION Shedding a little light on the subject. Have you ever seen it? Moon Illusion. Java

THE BALL & SHADOW ILLUSION Amazing demonstration of the power of the mind. Distortion Illusions. See Exhibit 2 Flash

MISSING CARD ILLUSION
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Cards. Move them around. Now there are 12. Where is the missing card? NEW Games See Exhibit 4 Flash

 


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