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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 book is beautifully presented with a cool illusion on the front that moves and presents a superbly dizzying pattern (move it around with your fingers for maximum effect). Such a great book this, guaranteed to keep your little ones amused and absorbed for ages. -- Read it Daddy * Read it Daddy * Fascinating and absorbing; the hands-on activities really help us understand how illusions work. -- Parents in Touch * Parents in Touch * This book will appeal to everyone, as it is a visual delight and it is like having your own personal box of magic tricks to dip into whenever you please. -- The Bookbag * The Bookbag * Optical illusions are one of those topics that are always popular....this book wold be a good addition to the school library services. -- The School Librarian * The School Librarian * '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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