Thursday, March 31, 2005

What are They Saying?

This site has been featured many places around the world. Here are just a few.

Grow-a-Brain Blog of the Day

Netscape Cool Site of the Day


Tuesday. July 4th, 2012

Cool Pick - Cool Site of the Day


Friday. April 28, 2012

J-Walk Blog

Optical Illusions Blog

A blog: Optical Illusions Etc.

Some of the optical illusions on this blog may cause dizziness or possibly epileptic seizures. The latter happens when the brain can't handle the conflicting information from your two eyes. If you start feeling unwell when using this website, immediately cover one eye with your hand and then leave the page. Do not close your eyes because that can make the attack worse.

It has lots of illusions that I haven't seen before. Like this one (not an animated GIF):


Thursday. April 27, 2012

Grow-a-Brain, Blog of the Day

Grow-a-Brain Blog of the Day

Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Optical Illusions Etc. Warning! Some illusions on this blog may cause dizziness or possibly epileptic seizures. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.


Thursday. April 21, 2012

Patio Talk


新旧トリックアートの数々を集めたOptical Illusionsから、いくつか作品をピックアップした。


Thursday. March 23, 2012

Netscape's Cool Site of the Day

Netscape Cool Site of the Day


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bruce Eisner's Vision Thing

Optical Illusions Etc Weblog

Optical Illusions Etc Weblog is "Home of the Sci-Art Bloggers" and full of links to web-based optical tricks. You can find fractals as well as more traditional tricks of the eye. There is a warning that some of the links can lead to vertigo or worse. But for most, the site is more beneficent. The link comes by way of David Pierce's Golden Sparrow Awards.


Thursday, October 6, 2005

Optical Illusions Etc.

If optical illusions are your thing, here's the site for you! Walt Anthony has developed this blogspot that will certainly challenge your skills of perception. As Walt states, "These Optical Illusions are presented on this blog in the spirit of providing an entertaining venue to educate those interested in optical illusions and expanding the traditional assumptions of what constitutes an optical illusion." You'll find a Fractal of the Day from Dr. Clint Sprott of the University of Wisconsin Physics Department, illusions in architecture, art and other mediums, all well presented with comments to help you get the most out of the individual images. You might even start your recognizing illusions that you would not have previously seen prior to browsing this blog. Optical Illusions Etc will definitely remind you that 'seeing is NOT believing!'


Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Catch-All Drawer

Science <-------> Art

This site, Optical Illusions, Etc. is one of those sites where science and art team up to blur the line between the two disciplines. On this site, see the worldly (truck painting art humor) and the clever-artistic. Don't leave without scrolling down to the hand painted art. . .er . . . I mean the painted hand art.


August 18, 2005

Featured in Makezine; The first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and D.I.Y. inspiration.

HOW TO create your own optical wallpaper

Lens3 Here's HOW TO create your own optical wallpaper for your room...


Sunday, Aug. 07, 2005

Journal of a Fallen Angel

If you’re interested in optical illusions and so forth, take a look at Optical Illusions Etc. - a terrific site that will bend your brain. One of the cool things about this site is that the author actually explains each illusion and how it works.

Featured on NBC TV Channel 2 out of Fort Myers, FL.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

You can catch Tom's Site of the Week every
Saturday and Sunday morning exclusively on NBC2.

~~~~ Is it really there? ~~~~

Vision is not always reality. This website features some amazing illusions. Visibility in weather terms is how far you can see….not about what you see. Understanding what you are looking at is not a requirement. Enjoy this Tomsite…….I will “see” you online.


Friday, July 22, 2005

The Psy Chick, Optical Illusions....

Optical illusions are actually an excellent way to help you build psychic ability. They force your eyes, and more importantly your mind, to focus and see things in new ways.

Today I was surfing on Blog Explosion and came across a blog dedicated to optical illusions. It's called Optical Illusions Etc... and it has several different illusions listed.

This is my favorite: "Holsteins" - a Vermont parody of "Pintos" © 1994 Mike Mayone

You should check out the entire site!


Friday, July 08, 2005

John Tudor

Another really fun site is Optical Illusions, etc. It's a blog that collects all types of illusions, so the content changes every couple of days. I particular the host seems to like (as I do) illusions that occur spontaneously : Look for the Pope or Devil Illusion about a third of the way down the page.


Saturday, July 02, 2005

Feeling Listless

Art and Photography Optical Illusions etc is an exploration of fantastic images, from pavement drawings which appear to be in real space, to the discovery that the tower in Pisa isn't leaning -- it's all the buildings around it.


Thursday, June 30, 2005

357th issue of the Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter

Optical Illusions Etc

Challenge your skills of perception at this cool site, which is all about the many different forms of Optical Illusion. Whether these illusions are conveyed through fractals, architecture, art, or other mediums, they are bound to remind you that seeing "is not believing."

There is so much to see on this website, from Science Art and Visual Street Art to the many man-made fractal illusions. Be sure to check out the work of Julian Beever, as well as the section of the site that demystifies the optical illusion behind The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.


Tuesday, June 28 2005

Blog of the Day

optical illusions etc.: they fool us, frustrate us and fascinate us. sometimes found in nature, sometimes created by artists. optical illusions are all around us, including on this blog.


Saturday, May 28, 2005

ABC NewsRadio: WebWatch

Optical Illusions Etc... was featured on the Australian Radio Show WebWatch, part of ABC Newsradio which airs on 12 radio stations reaching all of Australia. Optical Illusions Etc... was one of five sites featured that week.

Optical Illusions
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The Aftermath

Tuesday, May 24, 2995

So, this post has been kinda boring. To reward you for reading this far, here's something entertaining. I found this site called Optical Illusions Etc. that is filled with really freaky optical illusions. Spend some time and look through a bunch, they were really blowing my mind. The previous link is to the main page; click here to go the Site Map, which gives a comprehensive list of all the illusions on the site. I'd encourage you to check out one called Illusive Reality, which just completely blew my mind. Have patience, it loads a little slow, but it's completely worth it.
Explore the whole site, there is a lot of really cool stuff to see.


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Creative Prose Newsletter

Wacky Web Site of the Week
Optical Illusions: Some of these are familiar; some not so.



Web Guide

05/16/2005 - Updated 12:36 PM ET

Hot Sites

Optical Illusions Blog
You'll find links to the traditional eye-bending Web illusions and eye-catching fractals here, but scroll a little more thoroughly and catch some really original stuff. One that caught our eye from the current set was the human Mr. Potato Head. We were also surprised by the "bumps vs. holes" experiment and the under-sea Indian restaurant, which is not an illusion at all but still visually amazing. -— SG


Friday, February 25, 2005

I have a thought........ I found a blog that has me hooked. I just HAD to share it with all of my loyal readers...yes all 2 of you! Enjoy! I must give this warning first....don't eat before viewing, it wouldn't be a good idea. My new favorite site


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Mac's Picks of the Week

One of the things I enjoy is innovative sites. There is a blog with a subject that I feel most will find interesting called Optical Illusions Etc... and if you click on that you'll see all kinds of really innovative things that this webmaster/blogger has found. There are strange things, jokes, and amusements of all kinds for you to see. I particularly like the "illusion of peace" photo. This is a really good blog with loads of fun stuff to amuse most of us


Thursday, January 27, 2005

Enlgish12 Blog Review


Great Optical Illusion Blog.
This was the best blog I found and trust me I looked through a lot of them. this one is about optical illusions as you can tell by the URL. It shows things from disappearing dots to two fixed circles spinning as you lean closer. It also spoke of a women who from the miracle of science she looks like she has two real eyes. However, one eye is fake. And lastly, one of the best parts of this blog is the image of a city. It may not seem like much but once you click on the image, you are able to zoom in so close that you can almost spot a fly resting on the side of a building 5 miles away. If anything, you must check this image out. It's great.

posted by Sondrew Garverick at 10:03 PM

Maria Moccia said...

I agree with Sondrew that this is one of the best blogs that I have seen. I really like optical illusions and took a long time looking at this blog because I wanted to figure all of them out. One thing that I found really funny was the cyber illusions.” They are illusions of people deceiving one another on the internet. I liked this site because it not only gave the illusions, but it also gave the reasoning and explanation behind them. 11:25 AM


January, 2005

Blogs Over Easy Review

Optical Illusions Etc.

When the first sentence on a blog that jumps out at you contains a warning about possibly causing epileptic seizures, you just know there's going to be something good to be found there.

I'’ve always been a sucker for optical illusions. Yes, I am one of the dolts who will stand for hours at the kiosk in the mall selling those 3-D pictures. I'’m fascinated with the tricks that can be played on your brain. It all started with one my teacher gave to us when I was in 6th grade – it was a pattern you stared at for 30 seconds, then when you closed your eyes you could still see it. I like magic tricks too. I'’m a sucker in general I guess.

I will say you should definitely follow Walt'’s advice here though if you start feeling kind of woozy after a couple of these I started to get a bit of a headache and had to walk away from my computer for a little while. If you have the same reaction, just don'’t spend a lot of time in one session at this blog, but come back over and over for the new stuff and check out one or two of the old ones as you go along. Optical Illusions Etc.


Saturday, December 25, 2004

BlogCruiser Review

"“Illusions Etc..."” if you'’re amused and enjoy illusions and other tricks then this is a great blog to visit. I was fascinated and intrigued by some of the available items and information at this blog. I'’m glad I stumbled across this one during my blog cruising adventures. There are a whole lot of links and explanations to view along with plenty out of the ordinary things to discover. Animations, distortions, illusions and perceptions only scratch the surface of the fun and amusement compiled by this blogger. The straight line cafe illusion, Flash effects, 3-D art effects, humor and other attention-grabbing art. There are a few ads but mostly text based google ads. The blogger template is tweaked a little but the design does not do much for me. However, the blogs content is an admirable gathering of enjoyable information. I give it 9 stars. Tehy eevn epxlian why I dnoÂ’t hvae to use a splel chceekr!

9 stars
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Mathematical Illusion 64=65

I was pointed to this mathematical illusion by Pardalote Flits. This illusion presents something you know to be false in a simple visual way that might confuse your senses.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hand in the Monitor Optical Illusion

Of all of the transparent desktops created that were featured in the previous post this one was the most convincing. The desktop below is a very cleverly created optical illusion.

Many of the desktops used hands or arms to make the illusion of a transparent desktop real to the viewer. This is the only one that puts the hand into the picture from the front. All of the desktop creations in this flicker set make it a point of emphasizing that they were not photoshopped. I don't know if we can say the same of this creation.

How do you think this one illusion was accomplished? Could it have been done without photo manipulation? Could the calculator be real (or a real cut out picture) and hanging or propped up by something? I found this desktop here.

The truth is this was not photoshopped either. The calculator was just lanched in front of the background image of his hand. This was a very clever illusion indeed.
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Optical Camouflage, Science is at it Again

A group from Japan has developed a form of optical camouflage. Optical camouflage is a kind of active camouflage. It allows the viewer to see what is behind the object or person being camouflaged. Click on either picture below to see a video of this technology in action.

Once you check out the way this technology works (at this site) you'll realize the applications are limited. Their paper gives one example of allowing a pilot to see the runway through the floor of the plane allowing for a more intuitive landing.

You'll see below some people think that having a computer desktop that is transparent is also something that might be of interest to the consumers out there. Of course there are better ways to create a transparent desktop than using the technology above. You can see the whole gallery of transparent desktops here.

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Technology Illusion or Incredible Feat?

I found this animation on Grow-a-brain. This is an animated gif of a girl apparently being tossed in the air and coming down through a basketball hoop. Looking at this animation it is easy to say the thing was faked and all we have here is the illusion of a girl going through the hoop.

What is not so easy though is denying this is not an illusion after watching the actual video of this feat. Click on the picture and go to a site where they play the actual video clip. Although I have heard some still say it is faked, watching the clip, it has an air of realism that would be harder to fake then the video.

Update: You can check out a debate about this video at the museum of hoaxes There seems to be a 50/50 split in those debating.
John said, "This was filmed at the University of St Thomas in Saint Paul, MN they were on the radio the other morning talking about this and claim that its legit. For whatever thats worth - the authors are claiming its real.
Posted by john on Sat Feb 19, 2005 at 09:22 AM
Even the Washington Post had some debate on this video.

Update: Open a quicktime copy of the video or download the video by clicking or right clicking here and selecting "save link as" or "save target as".
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Friday, March 25, 2005

All of Our Mirror Sites are in Trouble

Due to unknown causes all of the mirror sites for Optical Illusions Etc have met with or currently are experiencing disasters.

This mirror site sprung a leak and will be underwater soon.
This mirror site is currently under attack by alien ships.
This mirror site is undergoing a massive meteor shower destroying everything.

The other sites are also experiencing unusual attacks. I will update you as we receive more information.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Lollipop and Other Candy Illusions

It occurred to me that some candy products seem to be based on optical illusions. Below are some lollipops that fall into this category. They seem to resemble many of the spiral illusions that I have come across.

And this ribbon candy provides an illusion of infinity the way it seems
to go forever from some angles.

We shouldn't forget the candy cane, if inverted and spun it mimics the barber pole illusion.

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Monday, March 21, 2005

The Art of James Bond

The long running James Bond series of movies has always had very interesting ways of opening their movies. The use of shadows and light have been big. Jay on posted this pic and linked to a site specializing in The Art of James Bond.

Again optical illusions are found in everyday life and film art uses light and shadows to create illusion better than most.
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Friday, March 18, 2005

Cow and Fly Optical Illusion

I also found this optical illusion at Archimedes-Lab. This is one of the better illusions that require you to stare. The clarity of the picture after you follow the instructions below is amazing. Try it.

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Straight or Not?

I found this at Archimedes-Lab. The graphic poses the question "Straight or not?" Being an optical illusion it wouldn't be posing the question if the answer wasn't that each is a square with perfectly straight sides.

Hard to believe? I agree so don't trust me get out the straight edge and check it out. Or if you must print it out and fold or cut along the edge. No matter how you check the image the edges will be straight every time.
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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Wishful Drawing Illusion

This series of drawings are all titled wishful drawings. I don't know who did this set but I find them unique. I know anyone could draw pictures like these but I have not come across any others in all of my searches.

Could be though that this artist might just be a little too into his work.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Just in case nobody has smiled at you today

I received this from my sister in e-mail and thought you all might enjoy its unique effect.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Vanity Illusions

When I first started this blog I noticed items popping up in my Google ads that seemed strange. Contact Lenses or cosmetics sometimes would be there. So I did some digging and found out that the word illusions is used by many companies. I thought I would post a little about vanity illusions since the business most were in was assisting or changing the appearance of an individual.

Just about every cosmetic company has something in their product line with the word illusion in it from lipstick to perfume illusion is the keyword of the industry.

Illusions contact lenses transform your dark eyes into realistic shades of violet, blue, gray, green or amber. Illusions has a unique lens design that actually lets the natural expressiveness of your eyes shine through.

While this is one brand of contact lenses there are many more companies that would love to change your eye color and creat an illusion for the world to see.

What happened to wigs? I found this pic above for Illusion Hair on

These two suits above are Illusion Solar Tan Thru Bikini/Brief also on In these suits you look covered but the sun still gives you an all over tan. Seems potentially painful to me. The list of mass produced vanity illusions is endless, but what I didn't expect to find when I started this was a...

...real Optical Illusion titled the "Vanity Illusion"

In this illusion we see a woman sitting at a vanity looking into a mirror. Could she be contemplating here own mortality? If you walk back across the room and look at this image you will clearly see a skull. A brief glimpse of what is to come for us all.
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Saturday, March 5, 2005

Illusions of Science? No, Images of the Very Real

Let's file these images under the category of things you don't see everyday. I borrowed these images from Eye of Science.

Resin cast of the urinary vessels of a kidney. The red structure shows the major and minor calyces which receive urine from different sections of the kidney; passing it first to the renal pelvisand then to the urethra.

Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a cluster of Escherichia coli bacteria, known as E. coli. They normally inhabit the intestines of humans or animals and are usually harmless. Under certain conditions E. coli may increase and cause infection. Serotypes of E. coli are responsible for gastroenteritis in children. In adults it causes "Traveler’s diarrhea" and is responsible for 80% of urinary tract infections. It is also the most used bacteria for genetic studies.
Magnification: 25.000 X.

Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of nylon hooks and loops in Velcro material. Used as a common fastener on clothes and shoes, Velcro is a nylon material formed into two different structures: one a nail- head-like surface, and the other a smooth surface made up of a series of loops. The loops are loosely woven strands among an otherwise tight weave. When the two surfaces are brought together they form astrong bond, but can still be pulled apart.
Magnification: 50 X.

Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an itch mite on the surface of the skin. In humans, this parasite causes scabies, an ailment typified by severe itching (especially at night), red papules and often secondary infection. The female mite tunnels in the skin to lay her eggs and the newly-hatched mites are passed easily from person to person by physical contact. The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the mite's saliva or feces. Commonly infected areas are the groin, penis, nipples and the skin between the fingers. The condition is treated with hexachloropheneor benzyl benzoate creams.
Magnification: 300 X.
Go to Eye of Science for many other images and click on their agency tab to purchase any of hundreds(thousands?) of images.
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