The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2006 - Art - 367 pages
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Prepare to be amazed! Inside the covers of this incredible, colorful collection are hundreds of the world’s most powerful optical illusions. They’re beautiful to behold, and stunning in their trickery. Some of the mind-boggling images seem to spring into action, vibrating, pulsing, and spinning like a hula hoop. Other ambiguous illusions feature two subjects in one: the fun is in finding them both in the single picture--including a mouse playing hide and seek in a cat’s face and a strange desert mirage where palm trees imperceptibly morph into camels. And still more, like "The Impossible Terrace,” which couldn’t exist off the page: just try to figure out if you’re viewing the space from above or below. Every one is astonishing.

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User Review  - Brenda - Target

High quality made book with great colored illustrations. Wide variety of illusions and brain puzzles. Bought it for my son for Christmas and I had to peruse it for like 1/2 hour before wrapping! Read full review

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User Review  - JeroenBerndsen - LibraryThing

A magnificent collection of classics and (to me at least) unknown illusions, sorted into categories. For anyone interested in illusions, this book is a must-have. Read full review


Action Illusion
Ambiguous Illusions
Impossible Illusions
Geometric Illusions

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About the author (2006)

Al Seckel is currently working on a comprehensive academic treatise on illusions for Massachusetts Institute of Technology and working in the Division of Computational and Neuronal Systems at Cal Tech in Pasadena. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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