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Optical Illusions
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The brain is an amazing thing, but it doesnt always get things right when it comes to sight. This book is here to explain why, with astounding images, baffling puzzles, and simple revealswhich show the reader how each trick works. Throughout the book will be chances for the reader to get hands-on with the illusions, with step-by-step experiments, or tips on how to draw your own "moving" optic art on paper or on the computer. Templates will be included at the back of the book to reveal answers and aid the creation of astounding illusions. The science behind each element will be simply explained in an engaging way, to encourage the child to find out more each time.
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Table of Contents

Is Seeing Believing?..................................4 Light Scintillating Grids.....................................6 Playing with Contrast................................8 An Extraordinary Sofa..............................9 Puzzling Colours...................................... 10 Colour Adaptation................................... 11 Restoring Colour...................................... 12 Neon Colours Effect................................. 13 Stained Glass Illusion.............................. 14 Making Colours....................................... 15 Rubber Ducks......................................... 16 Magic Heart.......................................... 17 Playing with Assimilation......................... 18 Mapmaker Illusion.................................. 19 Lines and Space Different Lines........................................20 Poggendorff's Illusions, Lining Up..............22 Magic Straws........................................ 23 Roman Temple.......................................24 Tilted Letters...........................................25 Amazing Jastrow Playing Cards................ 26 Bulging Shapes......................................27 Wider or Taller?..................................... 28 Puzzling Hat Sizes, Hidden Right Angles....29 Incredible Circles, Sarcone's Ellipses..........30 Bigger or Smaller?.................................. 31 Hybrid Illusion........................................ 32 Leaning Towers......................................33 Disrupting Patterns..................................34 Impossible Structures...............................36 Impossible Shapes..................................38 Magic Glass..........................................40 Spot the Difference................................. 41 Bilateral Animals....................................42 Motion Visual Flows...........................................44 Running Water.......................................46 Expanding Gothic Heart..........................47 Swirling Whirl........................................48 Hovering Hashtags.................................49 Sparkling Squares..................................50 Pulsing Star............................................ 51 The Brain Pac-Man Illusion..................................... 52 Contours and 3-D Shapes........................54 Colours Affect Contours............................55 Aftereffects............................................56 Blurred Face..........................................57 The Mischievous Leprechaun.................... 58 Cheshire Cat.......................................... 59 Disappearing Spots................................60 Broken Plate?......................................... 61 Stereograms; 3-D Wonders...................... 62 Experiments Sarcone's L-Shaped Puzzle.......................64 Remove the Glass from the Tray................65 Optics in a Glass: Reversing Fish..............66 A Toilet Tube "Squircle"........................... 67 Playing with Perspective..........................68 Make an Impossible Triangle....................69 Visual and Mental Blocks......................... 70 How to Walk Through Walls.................... 71 Circle to Square.....................................72 Make Your Own Hologram Projector......... 74 Hypnotic Disc........................................ 75 A Confusing Sign................................... 76 Dark Spot, Bright Spot.............................77 Footstep Illusion...................................... 78 How to "Levitate"....................................79 Photographing Levitation..........................80 Making Magic Dice................................ 81 Moving Pictures......................................82 Jastrow Magic Experiment.......................83 The Unpredictable Structure.....................84 Hole in the Hand Illusion.........................85 Geometric Illusion...................................86 Impossible Triangle................................. 87 Polypodous Elephants..............................88 Drawing Impossible Stairs........................89 Templates..............................................90 Answers................................................93 Glossary............................................... 94 Index....................................................96

About the Author

Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber are experts in brain training and are particularly involved in cognitive sciences (teaching methodology, creativity and communication). They have written numerous books on topics ranging from optical illusions to visual and critical thinking. The authors live in Genoa, Italy. Gianni A. Sarcone is an expert in brain training and is particularly involved in cognitive sciences (teaching methodology, creativity and communication). He has written numerous books on topics ranging from optical illusions to visual and critical thinking.

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'The page design and bright colour illustrations suit this for both a school library shelf and a child's bedroom. Highly recommended. Adults beware - open this book only if you have a bit of time to spare!' * Achuka *

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