Maker of things Izzy Swan shows off a building technique that makes it look like layers of wood have been woven together into a form that should be impossible to pull off. We won’t give away the trick, but it takes a whole lot of work to pull off the illusion.
Take a look at the video, and you’ll swear that these balls are spinning in a circular orbit. But look more closely, and you’ll see that each ball is moving along a perfectly straight path. The mechanical model is based on a design by 16th century Italian poymath Girolamo Cardano.
Using a professional full-color 3D printer and taking advantage of the stairstepped surfaces of voxels, Make Anything was able to create a sweet model of a human skull that appears to change colors when viewed from different angles. Download the model here.
John Muntean shows off his amazing LEGO shadow sculptures, each of which looks like an amorphous blob, but casts shadows of three distinct images as it’s rotated through a beam of light. After DragonButterflyJet, be sure to check out KnightMermaidPirateShip and ABC.
CaptainDisillusion is getting so good at debunking, he’s now tackling two lies in a single short video. The cup levitation trick is easier to do, but at least you know it’s a trick. The train track near miss video on the other hand leverages realism for views.
There’s no such thing as “free energy.” That doesn’t make this clip any less puzzling. Somehow, the small weight on top causes the rear wheel to spin. Perhaps it has something to do with friction. A more cynical explanation: perhaps it was filmed on a tilting platform.
The second place winner at the 2016 Illusion of the Year, Kokichi Sugihara’s Ambiguous Cylinders look like they’re either composed of cylinders or boxes depending on the side that’s facing you. The secret of the “hybrid squircle” design is surprisingly simple.