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Amazing Optical Illusions Library Binding – 20 Jan 2005

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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; Library Binding edition (20 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155297961X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979617
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will definitely provide readers of all ages with some eye-bending fun.--Dave Jenkinson"CM" (02/03/2012)

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IllusionWorks is a company which promotes a positive understanding of how the human mind works through exciting science museum exhibits, toys, games, puzzles, and other such educational and fun products.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: Library Binding
This book of amazing illusions is a good gift and good fun for people of all ages. While ostensibly a children's book, I've used the pictures here to entertain and educate groups of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is fascinating to see what different people pick up and out of the photographs, but there is always at least one picture for each group that has people protesting that the illusion is not in fact what it purports to be.

Many people are familiar with the fantastic creations of people such as Escher; while there are not actual Escher pieces, they all tap into the same element of mystery. Some of the illusions are very straight-forward - the image of the faces facing each other, which then becomes a vase, or the parallel lines drawn on the backdrop of pattern lines radiating out, which then gives the illusion that the lines are not parallel, are fairly well known. Other pieces, such as the portrait of Emperor Rudolf II done by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the 1500s entirely out of fruite, or the various `spirals' constructed exclusively out of concentric, separate circles are less well known.

The tricks here, such as they are, are fairly simple to understand. Much of them rely on perspective distortion of the senses, pattern fuzziness, or colour ambiguities and playfulness. The side-wise house in San Francisco, for example, relies on the camera being level with the street, rather than the house; the people in photographs appearing as differently sized depends upon perspective gerrymandering.

Some pieces are quite clever; the falling bookshelves that are not in fact falling is a piece that exists in the real world; the colonnaded patio seen from above and below is more in the tradition of Escher, in that it cannot exist in the real world.

This is a fun little book, that will likely give hours of amusing and thought-provoking engagement for children of all ages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 July 2010
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I bought two of these books as part of a selection of prizes for a competition I ran in work for school children to design a poster. We had some great feedback about the books and the children loved them. All the staff in work also enjoyed looking through them, so a great buy all round.Fab for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS S JONES on 12 Jan. 2013
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This books features all the famous optical illusions that you will know and a few more. A small book but very interesting for kids who have never seen optical illusions before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss d lamb on 23 April 2013
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bought this for my nephew as a stocking filler for christmas and he always talks about how good it is so a good buy for anyone who likes their art and unusual things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nige on 27 Dec. 2012
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This really isn't worth £3.95. It's 29 pages of pretty much standard illusions that you can find in seconds via a Google search. More suited to a pound store really
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I bought this book for my husband. Bot he and my grandsons thought the book amazing. They oohed over it for ages.and it kept them all quiet, which for me was great.
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