Really cool optical illusion project

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  1. NickSo

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    Check it out, its trippy! http://www.grand-illusions.com/dragon.htm

    Be sure after you make it, to view it with ONE eye, not both eyes... It takes a few tries to get it to 'click'... try slightly defocusing like you do with 3D pictures
     
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    Awesome!

    Printed one out and it works.
     
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    printed it out and it didn't work [​IMG]
     
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    Mine doesn't work. Maybe it's my bad cutting and following instruction. I think it would work better in natural light because right now I can see all the creases. Still, the video on the site is really neat.
     
  5. Steve Felix

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    It works brilliantly for me. Lighting and seeing the creases shouldn't matter... it should look like a three dimensional folded object even when the illusion is working. Keep in mind that the head will be inside out if folded correctly. It's much easier to look at the end of the video to see how it's done than to look at the little picture on the sheet.
     
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    I built it wrong the first time as well as I had the head out the normal way instead of inside out. Once I got that fixed it works like a charm [​IMG]
     
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    After some head scratching during assembly, I finally got it to work!
     
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    this illusion reminds me of the busts in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland that appear to follow you as you walk by.

    Really they are inverted busts (for lack of a better description).

    I always loved that..from 10 yrs old to now......11 yrs old.

    haha...(only in spirit)
     
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    It's not clear to me what the illusion is supposed to be.
    The eyes on ANY 2D-picture, if looking at you, will continue to do that wherever you walk around it. (And if they don't, there's no place where you can stand to make it appear they do look at you.)

    Once, while I visited Vienna, the guide in the famous 'Schloss Schonbrun' pointed out a painting, in which the left (or right) shoe of the person would seem to point at the viewers and remarked: "Note how it continues to point at you as you walk on. They don't know how to paint that effect anymore".
    Pure nonsense of course: if it points at you it will do so wherever you are standing in relation to the painting.


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    Cees: did you watch the videos? Its more apparant in the video what the illusion is
     
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    Nick,

    No, I didn't, because the link refused to work last night when I tried.

    OK, I'll give it another try! (Still sceptical, though. [​IMG] ).


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    Cees the whole head appears to move not just the eyes.
     
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    Drug-free hallucinations are cool.

    I, too, built it wrong until I watched the video and looked more closely at the second picture on the web page. Very cool once I got my eyes and mind to "work right".

    The only trouble is now people are going to see me staring at this thing and bobbing my head around like a retard.
     
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    I put this thing together sometime last week or the week before. Once it "clicks", it's pretty sweet. I didn't rely to much on the drawing of the assembled dragon to make it, I just followed the "valley" and "mountain" fold lines on the drawing.

    Brian
     
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    I just put it together, and it works quite well. I had to do the close one eye thing to make the illusion work better, but that my be due to the lighting in my room currently as it dramatically highlights the shadowing which is inconsistent with the lighting in the room. My daughter thought I was crazy (she's 9) until the illusion kicked in for her. Now she wants me to make another one...
     
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    Finally been able to see the video.
    Great illusion! [​IMG]
    (Downloaded the dragon. Not cut out yet.)


    Cees
     
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    I can't get the thing to print on one page without resizing it. It prints out huge. (I'm using Photoshop)
     
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    Bryan,

    After loading it to Photoshop, the dot resolution should be 200 dpi (if it's not, change it, but keep the file size the same).
    That should do the trick. (BTW, I wonder if scaling it when printing isn't as good an image.)


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  19. Steve Felix

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    I used "scale to fit media" in Photoshop's "print with preview" and it looked fine and works perfectly.
    Lack of depth perception is the key to the trick, so it shouldn't work at all with two eyes open. It's perfect for cameras since a camera has one eye.
     
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    I scaled it down in Photoshop and it worked great. I had to close one eye too.
     

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