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Optical Illusions

Ambiguous Garage Roof

Ambiguous Garage Roof

It might sound like the name of a punk band, but its a literal description of what you’re about to witness. Engineer and mathematician Kokichi Sugihara created this bizarre object which appears to take on a different shape when rotated or viewed in a mirror.

How to Draw a 3D City

How to Draw a 3D City

Circle Line Art School shows a relatively easy way to draw buildings that look like they’re going through the page. The optical illusion is simple enough for the most part. The finishing touch is quite tricky though.

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Illusion d’Optique Playing Cards

Illusion d’Optique Playing Cards

Each of the 54 cards in designer Gianni Sarcone’s deck features an original illustration that will mess with your mind. Each image combines the card’s value and suit with a trippy optical illusion. The set comes packed in a rainbow-sheen holographic tuck case.

Circle in Circle Illusion

Circle in Circle 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.

TARDIS Optical Illusion

TARDIS Optical Illusion

Maladroit Modeller made a “dimensionally transcendental” diorama of the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS. The phone booth opens and you can see a model of the laboratory inside. The lab, which was made from scratch, is actually hiding in a space behind the phone booth.

Rubberband Racks

Rubberband Racks

Dolla dolla bill y’all. Visualize your financial gains or goals with Ikonick’s optical illusion print. The Rubberband Racks depicts a thick bundle of hundred dollar bills held together by a rubber band. Get it with the black frame for a neat floating effect.

Air Jordan Illusion Art

Air Jordan Illusion Art

Minimal artist duo Differantly spent months trying to figure out how to make the Nike Air Jordan look like a doodle. The result is this sick optical illusion that creates just that effect when the sneaker is viewed at the proper angle.

Always Right Arrow

Always Right Arrow

Here’s a fun and perplexing optical illusion. Physicsfun shared this clip of mathematician Kokichi Sugihara’s unique arrow design that looks like it’s always pointing to the right, regardless of how many times you rotate it 180º. In a mirror, it always points left.

The Sydney Opera House Illusion

The Sydney Opera House Illusion

DONG host Michael recently visited Sydney, Australia and noticed a strange optical illusion – the famed Sydney Opera House looks like it gets larger the further back you stand from a window looking out at it. Apparently, it’s related to the size and position of an object’s frame.

MoMa Trick Placemat

MoMa Trick Placemat

This fun placemat makes it look like your cutlery and plate are warping the space around them. A great gift for illusion, science or science fiction buffs. Available exclusively through Museum of Modern Art’s store. It comes in blue or white.

Rubika Bookcase

Rubika Bookcase

Anesis’ Rubika Bookcase can showcase even the plainest objects. Its overall shape, the shape of its compartments, and its color scheme make it look like it’s popping out of your wall like a giant Rubik’s Cube. Available in different colorways.

Void Rug

Void Rug

Scott Jarvie’s handmade rugs have an incredibly simple yet brilliant pattern. When viewed at an angle, the Void Rug looks like a literal black hole on the floor. It’s available as a circular or a rectangular rug.

The Mountain or Valley Illusion

The Mountain or Valley Illusion

Minutephysics talks about the “Mountain or Valley?” illusion – a visual distortion that can happen when we look at 3D objects (or illustrations of 3D objects) from an overhead view. It shows how much we rely on shadows to perceive our world.

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Odeith: 3D Graffiti

Odeith: 3D Graffiti

Portuguese muralist Odeith loves to make what he calls “sombre 3D” – graffiti that looks like it’s popping out of the wall. He’s so great at emulating shadows and often extends his paintings to the floor to enhance the effect.

The Writing’s on the Wall

The Writing’s on the Wall

OK Go has set the bar pretty damned high for their music videos, and their new long-take clip is true to form. For The Writing’s on the Wall, the band created a funhouse filled with illusions which disintegrate as the camera moves.

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