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Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks (Dover Books on Magic, Games and Puzzles) Paperback – 25 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (25 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486493547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486493541
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Artist Gianni A. Sarcone contributes to an international array of periodicals featuring visual puzzles and math-based brainteasers, including Focus Junior and Rivista Magia (Italy), Brain Games (United States), and Tangente (France). He is also the founder of the award-winning website Archimedes-lab.org, a consulting network of experts specializing in the cultivation of creativity. Marie-Jo Waeber is the cofounder of the Archimedes Lab website and the coauthor of more than a dozen educational textbooks and puzzle books. She also organizes and coordinates workshops and exhibitions involving creativity and puzzle solving.

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If you are interested in exploring a wide variety of optical illusions, this is probably the book for you! There are different categories of illusion and, much further in the book, explanations of the illusions including information on how they work. The range of illusions is impressive and the answers concerning how they work is detailed. On Net galley it was described as children's non-fiction and children will be fascinated by the illusions but they will need a very high reading ability to stand any chance of understanding most of the 'answers' explaining how the illusions work. The vocabulary used in some of the 'answers' includes relatively technical terms which most children (and some adults) will need simplifying and elaborating on to help develop their understanding, maybe the marketing teams need to change the age range to which this is being targeted? As a children's book I would only give this 3 stars (possibly being generous) because children will struggle to comprehend the answers but will enjoy the illusions . . . . for a teenage or adult audience it would have an extra star rating!
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Amazing illusions! 15 July 2014
By Splashes Into Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in exploring a wide variety of optical illusions, this is probably the book for you! There are different categories of illusion and, much further in the book, explanations of the illusions including information on how they work. The range of illusions is impressive and the answers concerning how they work is detailed. On Net galley it was described as children's non-fiction and children will be fascinated by the illusions but they will need a very high reading ability to stand any chance of understanding most of the 'answers' explaining how the illusions work. The vocabulary used in some of the 'answers' includes relatively technical terms which most children (and some adults) will need simplifying and elaborating on to help develop their understanding, maybe the marketing teams need to change the age range to which this is being targeted? As a children's book I would only give this 3 stars (possibly being generous) because children will struggle to comprehend the answers but will enjoy the illusions . . . . for a teenage or adult audience it would have an extra star rating!
Nice variety of optical illusions, but I didn't think every one needed an answer in the back. 25 Sept. 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
'Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks' is a good introduction if you aren't familiar with optical illusions, and it's fun to look through. I liked how it was presented, but it does take the approach that you've never seen these sort of things before.

After a short introduction, the book is divided into four sections: Shapes, Distances and Sizes; Color and Subjective Motion; Ambiguous and Impossible Figures; and Tests and Experiments. Each figure has an answer key entry at the back of the book. Some of the answers seemed to be a bit condescending, and some figures don't specifically need an answer key entry so they seem superfluous.

I liked the variety of illusions given in the book, but I've seen more spectacular types of optical illusions. I didn't like the tone of the book.

I was given a review copy of this ebook by Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Your brain is adjusting reality 25 Aug. 2014
By Paul Mastin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I remember loving these optical illusions books as a kid. Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber have teamed up again in Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks. Many of these are fresh takes on classic illusions. Some are wholly original, like this one:

Sarcone and Waeber classify the illusions in several chapters, and leave the explanations or solutions for the back of the book. Some of these I didn't quite get until after reading the solutions. I appreciated their explanations, especially as they discussed how the eye and brain analyze color and adjust for what we expect to see. You will be tempted to return to these, with a straight edge, a ruler, and other means to help your brain make sense of what you think you are seeing. Optical Illusions is a very interesting diversion.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
Kindle not the best format. 23 Sept. 2014
By Home Educating Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My kids love to look at books like this. I don't know if the Kindle is the best format for this book however. I did view it on my Kindle fire so I had color but the illustrations were still small. I think a physical book would be better as long as the illustrations were larger than what I saw here. The illusions were still viewable and interesting but in a different format they would have been much better.
An "Eye-Popping Extravaganza" 27 Jun. 2014
By Dolores, a teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
is exactly what this is. I'm a big fan of these kinds of books so, of course, I had to sit down and devour every page. Sarcone covers many different types of "effects" with explanations about each one at the end of the book.
While some of these puzzles require a solution, others are just marvelous to look at.This is a good way to train your brain to look beyond the obvious.
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