The top 3 videos from the 2014 Best Illusion of the Year Contest are really good!
3rd Prize: A Turn in the Road, by Kimberley D. Orsten and James R. Pomerantz
When we look at two pictures that are physically the same, they usually look the same. When they are different, they look different. Our illusions show the opposite: two images that are different but look the same – those are called “metamers”; – and two images that are identical but look different – we call those “anti-metamers.” Our main illusion mixes the two: it shows three images, two of which match with a third one mismatching. Viewers see one image as odd, but it’s one of the two identical images they see as different, an illusion we call “false pop out.”
Here's the first place video.
See more videos at the Illusions of the Year website, or on their YouTube channel.
Magician and optical illusion artist Victoria Skye created the mindbending riff above on the classic “Cafe Wall” optical illusion. (via @martinsytaylor)
Rest in peace, Kosmo.
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