In-camera effects trickster Eran Amir did his best to make it look like everything in this video was shot in slow motion, when in fact it was all recorded and plays back in real time. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a solid effort.
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.
Glen Lewis-Steele’s made-to-order LED lamp looks like a cube that changes its shape as you move around it. In fact, it’s not even a cube, and the LED isn’t inside it. But perhaps its greatest illusion is that it doesn’t look like something that should cost as much as a laptop.
Artist Chris Carlson takes to his chalkboard canvas once more – this time with a recreation of a classic video game. At first it doesn’t look that immersive, but look at the shadows around Chris’ and Ryu’s feet, and it seems as if he’s been dropped into the game.