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Amazing Visual Illusions [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Gianni A. Sarcone , Marie-Jo Waeber
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30 May 2011
This book is intended as a treasure chest of surprise for visual illusion lovers, as well as a resource for artists, designers, researchers and enthusiasts in the field of visual perception. Throughout the book, images are complemented by explanations of how each type of illusion works and exactly why the brain is fooled, enabling a complete understanding of these incredible pictures. Amazing Visual Illusions includes many new and previously unpublished illusions, as well as new adaptations of lesser-known illusions. It also includes works by well-known illusion artists such as Salvador Dalí, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and István Orosz.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (30 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848378300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848378308
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 28 Dec 2013
By Tina
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my Dad for an unusual Christmas present as he loves these kind of puzzles, it was a huge hit. Not just for him but all the family as they tried to work out what was in the pictures and how many things they could find. Very interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars illusions and explanations 18 Feb 2013
By Tonie T
Format:Paperback
This isn't just a collection of visual illusions, it also explains why your eyes are fooled the way they are. And what's amazing is that even when you know what you're really looking at, in many cases you still see the illusion. Some of them are very artistic, others are really simple, geometric shapes, but they all work. Leave it out when you have guests round and listen to their sounds of amazement as they flick through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, indeed! 2 Sep 2011
By Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed previous books from Sarcone and Waeber and 'Amazing Visual Illusions' is no exception. This book contains a good mix of old and new illusions to help demonstrate various principles of visual phenomena. In the introduction, the authors state that "This book is also intended to communicate the latest discoveries in the field of visual perception in an entertaining way...". To that end, they have certainly succeeded. If you enjoy being perplexed and entertained, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another book of Optical or Visual Illusions. 10 Dec 2011
By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love Optical Illusions and never tire from seeing more or new ones.I was tempted to rate this 5*'s but gave it only 4*'s because of the repeating of illusions from both of these authors and others.If this is your first book,or a first for someone else ,it would certainly be an excellent choice .If you already have several books of illusions,be forewarned there is a lot of rehashing of often published illusions;although there are quite a few new or a different versions of older ones.
I have written Reviews on quite a few Optical Illusion Books by the authors of this one and others.
Here are just a few;
"Dazzling Book Of Optical Illusions" by Sarcone & Waeber June28,2005
"Puzzillusions" " " " July 20,2008
"New Optical Illusions" " " " July 28,2008
"What Are You Looking At?" " " " March 28,2011
"Optical Illusions" Al Seckel December 5,2010
"Art Of Optical Illusions" " February 26,2005
"Masters Of Deceptions " " November 30,2004
"Masters of Illusions" Del Preto June 12,2010
"Optical Illusions & Puzzles" No Author Given October16,2011
All except the last one are by well known and published in Optical Illusions.If you read my reviews,you will see there is a lot of repetition and rehashing in these books.However;any one is great if it is your first.
I would recommend you pass up the last one for the reasons I have given.
Now, back to this "latest" by Sarcone&vWeaber.It is beautifully illustrated,goes into a fair amount of how the eye and mind works to produce an Optical Illusion.It gives Credit to the actual creators of many of the classic Illusions.Unless you are totally unfamiliar with Optical Illusions,you'll have seen many before as well as many that are new,but based on the same principle.

I'd like to choose a few Illusions out of the collection that impressed me ;
First,On page 65 we have a figure constructed with Lego Blocks.It is an example of an "Impossible Object".I have a Grandson who loves Lego and is very adept at creating things with it.I am anxious to show this to him and have him attempt to make it.
Second,Hidden Pictures always fascinate me,and this one on page 79,showing Churchill is one of the best I've ever seen.
And finally,the classic Tribar impossible object on page 67 is tempting me to construct one in my yard.
On second thought,ignore my 4*s, this book really merits 5*'s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, (Mostly) 3 Mar 2013
By W. Reel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For the price I paid it was satisfactory. Some parts of it were very good, others very ordinary. Overall it is worth occasional perusal, good for quick looks.
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