Amazing Optical Illusions Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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A great introduction to the world and art of optical illusion... sure to find enthusiast in every library.--Cynde Suite"School Library Journal" (08/01/2005)
Dazzle your eye and fool your brain... Each page will surprise and amuse the young reader.--Carylyn Cutt"Resource Links" (02/01/2005)
A book for fun viewing/reading and browsing, its contents could also contribute to high school level introductory psychology courses.--Dave Jenkinson"Canadian Materials" (04/15/2005)
Will definitely provide readers of all ages with some eye-bending fun.--Dave Jenkinson"CM" (02/03/2012)
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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.