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Optical Illusions Books

  • Optical Illusions Activity Book

    Sam Taplin

    Product Code: AIJJE
    Paperback 7 years +
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    An amazing, interactive book which allows children and adults to discover the world of optical illusions in a new way. By adding stickers and drawing patterns and shapes, you can create dozens of eye-popping illusions and find out how they work.
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  • Fantastic Optical Illusions

    Gianni A Sarcone

    Product Code: BYZGM
    Hardback
    Can you trust what you see? Of course you can't, and that's part of the fun! Fantastic Optical Illusions contains more than 150 illusions of all types, all waiting to blur your vision and send your brain into a spin. This book features all the best and most interesting illusion types: ambiguous and impossible figures, hidden objects, colour and brightness effects, length, size and shape misperceptions, illusory moving patterns and image paradoxes. Created by the experts at the award-winning Archimedes-lab.org, this book is sure to amaze and astound!
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  • Eye Bogglers

    Gianni A. Sarcone

    Product Code: AHYLP
    Paperback
    Eye Bogglers is a visual feast for young fans of impossible images! The book contains many new adaptations of lesser-known optical illusions and plenty of favourite classics. A simple commentary introduces curious minds to this fascinating world where art and science collide, and explains why the illusions work as the do. Kids will love testing each other as page by page they encounter a diverse range of compelling visual challenges.
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  • Magic Eye 25th Anniversary Book

    Cheri Smith

    Product Code: BRYTP
    Hardback
    New York Times Bestselling Property! For twenty-five years, Magic Eye has fascinated children and adults alike worldwide with its amazing 3D images. New York Times best-selling Magic Eye 3D optical illusions are back with all-new images. Through Magic Eye's patented 3D technology, viewers can find a full-color image on each page, with a smaller black-and-white image of the "hidden" scene in the back of the book to help solve each optical illusion.
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  • Folk Illusions

    K. Brandon Barker

    Product Code: BXXFX
    Paperback
    Wiggling a pencil so that it looks like it is made of rubber, "stealing" your niece's nose, and listening for the sounds of the ocean in a conch shell- these are examples of folk illusions, youthful play forms that trade on perceptual oddities. In this groundbreaking study, K. Brandon Barker and Clairborne Rice argue that these easily overlooked instances of children's folklore offer an important avenue for studying perception and cognition in the contexts of social and embodied development. Folk illusions are traditionalized verbal and/or physical actions that are performed with the intention of creating a phantasm for one or more participants. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that combines the ethnographic methods of folklore with the empirical data of neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology, Barker and Rice catalogue over eighty discrete folk illusions while exploring the complexities of embodied perception. Taken together as a genre of folklore, folk illusions show that people, starting from a young age, possess an awareness of the illusory tendencies of perceptual processes as well as an awareness that the distinctions between illusion and reality are always communally formed.
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  • Dot Art Sticker Safari

    Yoni Alter

    Product Code: BPONE
    Paperback
    This collection of charming animals provides a satisfying creative experience. Twelve templates of abstract exotic animals-including a giraffe, lion, flamingo, antelope, and meerkat-are paired with hundreds of colorful stickers. Readers simply need to follow the guide and create the images of the animals by applying the stickers to the template. Because the drawings are abstract, there is no "correct" place for each sticker-as long as the right colors are in the right area, the animal will still emerge from the dots. Additional pages of multicolored stickers give readers the opportunity to get imaginative and create rainbow-colored animals. This freedom to "color outside the lines" offers the chance of creativity and fun. The "canvases" and sticker sheets are detachable, which makes the process easier and allows the images to be displayed afterwards. The perfect vehicle for unwinding and letting those creative juices flow, this exceptional sticker book will find a ready audience in adults as well as children.
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  • Dot Art Sticker Seurat

    Yoni Alter

    Product Code: BPMIT
    Paperback
    The perfect fun and relaxing art project for adults and children, this activity pack includes everything needed for readers to make their own Pointillist sticker masterpiece. Containing 14 sticker sheets with over three-thousand colored circular stickers and an 18" x 32" (46 x 82.5 cm) poster "canvas" of colored outlines, readers simply need to match the colored stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the painting. Given that Pointillism relies on the ability of the eye and brain to blend colored dots into a fuller range of tones, it's not necessary to place each sticker on precisely the right outline. As a result, every finished poster will be somewhat different- and extremely satisfying. With a handy folder-style flap that allows for easy storage and transportation of the artwork in progress, Dot Art: Sticker Seurat makes the perfect activity to take on vacation or to unwind after a busy day.
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  • How to Draw Optical Illusions

    Mark Bergin

    Product Code: AYVIO
    Paperback
    The How To Draw series takes a highly visual and practical approach to drawing, featuring step-by-step instructions. This comprehensive handbook covers all aspects of drawing mind-boggling optical illusions - such as the famous Penrose stairs popularised by M.C. Escher - you can use to amaze your friends.
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  • Super Optical Illusions

    Gianni A. Sarcone

    Product Code: AWOFG
    Paperback
    Cross your eyes and get your thinking cap on for another bumper crop of optical illusions from Carlton. Super Optical Illusions, from the team behind Awesome Optical Illusions, uses colour, angles and ambiguity to trick the eye, then serves up fascinating explanations of what you are seeing and why you see it.
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  • Optical Illusions

    Wang Shaoqiang

    Product Code: AVBDS
    Hardback
    The projects shown in this book create extraordinary effects that make us doubt and fall for their magic. Waves and mazes, overlapping images, the stereoscopic vision tricks of graphic or space designs, the works showcased are wonderful examples of what an optical illusion is and how it tickles our mind.
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  • 500 Optical Illusions

    Keith Kay

    Product Code: ALHZV
    Other
    This is a fun gift book to astound and surprise. You'll see, but won't believe! This amazing collection of 500 optical illusions brims with the best eye tricks and visual oddities. Try to figure out how many legs the happy hippo has; what's weird about a very unusual building; why a page with wiggly, wavy lines can make you seasick and more! Some of the images go back hundreds of years, but they'll all astound you as they mess with your mind, your perception and your brain.
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  • Illusion Confusion

    Paul M. Baars

    Product Code: AIZIP
    Paperback
    This comprehensive survey of optical illusions includes an astonishing range of images from ancient times to the present. Covering illusions of depth, inversions, vibration effects, ambiguous figures, camouflage, anamorphic art, tessellations and other brain-teasing illusions, it presents examples from psychology, the popular press, the decorative arts, contemporary street art and the fine arts. M. C. Escher, Picasso, Vasarely, Magritte, Liu Bolin, Jos de Mey and other artists are generously represented. Reflecting author Paul Baarss deep engagement with the art and science of optical illusions, this book supersedes all others on the subject.
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  • Optical Illusions

    Product Code: AFAMK
    Hardback Toddlers
    More than 50 interactive, eye-watering illusions that will boggle your mind! Be warned: everything is not as it seems. From moving pictures to spectacular pop-ups and a 3D sculpture that follows you around the room; get ready to open to doors of perception with Optical Illusions. 50 incredible optical illusions are found within, covering impossible objects, distortions, ambiguities, illusions of brightness and much more. Even the cover will make your mind boggle as it defies you Not to open this amazing book. Each flap or tab takes you to another level of illusion, allowing you to reveal the solution yourself. There are more tricks up its sleeve too - interactive elements on every page and explanations of the latest theories as to how illusions fool us all.
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  • 13 Art Illusions Children Should Know

    Silke Vry

    Product Code: AEZFZ
    Hardback
    Children love to be fooled - and artists are some of the greatest tricksters around. This collection features artworks that incorporate a variety of methods for tricking our eyes: including trompe-l'oeil, clever uses of colour and perspective, surrealism and photorealism. Arranged thematically, each work is presented in a two-page spread. Lively texts explain the methods the artist employed to shape an illusion. Reproduced in vibrant colour, these pieces of ripe fruit, blooming flowers, a half-opened curtain, flickering lines and impossible worlds come alive on the page, providing hours of absorbing fun as readers are drawn into the stories behind their creation. Playful, intriguing, and educational, these great illusions are a terrific way to introduce children to the world of art.
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