Sunday, June 24, 2012

Amazing Illusions: Two of the Best Ever

It's been awhile since I've featured an illusion, the last one was the peacock illusion above, which I thought was one of the best ever.  Both birds are exactly the same color, but you'll never convince your mind of that, see it here without the background.

Here's a new one that might be even better, courtesy of Alex Tabbarok, where again you can't convince your mind that the two boxes are the same color.

At 6/24/2012 2:08 PM,  Bruce Oksol - oksol@yahoo.com said...

They are both green with red polka dots, but you have to really move the monitor a long way from your eyes.

At 6/24/2012 3:43 PM,  Carolyn said...

That's amazing! I believe magicians may employ this same technique for some of their acts to fool the eye :-)

At 6/25/2012 8:47 AM,  Hydra said...

Both birds are exactly the same color, but you'll never convince your mind of that, see it here without the background.

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More proof that everything is relative. Lots of political dogama depends on the sme sort of mental illusion.

At 6/25/2012 10:55 AM,  Jorge said...

my color theory teacher always told us: a color is not what is but what it is around. these are 2 great example of that.

At 6/26/2012 12:52 AM,  OBloodyHell said...

>>> They are both green with red polka dots, but you have to really move the monitor a long way from your eyes.

LOL, they are actually all red, green, and blue dots, but you have to move your eyes really, really close to see it.

Nice try, though.

At 6/26/2012 3:57 AM,  Unknown said...

The main reason why your mind can't see the two boxes as the same color is because THE TWO BOXES ARE NOT THE SAME COLOR. The lower box has a clearly-visible gradient that becomes brighter as it approaches the top. Not surprisingly, if you use your finger to cover this part of the lower box that is clearly a DIFFERENT COLOR, the part that is left is the same color. You can confirm the boxes are different colors with your eyes, by referring to the underlying bitmap data, or by cut-and-pasting the two boxes side-by-side or overlapping.

At 6/26/2012 4:09 AM,  Unknown said...

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At 6/26/2012 3:26 PM,  Ron H. said...

Unknown: "You can confirm the boxes are different colors with your eyes, by referring to the underlying bitmap data, or by cut-and-pasting the two boxes side-by-side or overlapping."

You, sir or madame, are a spoilsport. :)

At 6/27/2012 1:12 AM,  Seerak said...

More proof that everything is relative.

Au contraire, the illusion disproves that rather absolutist statement ;) It's the *perception* which is relative to context -- the birds themselves are what they are in reality, no matter what the background is.