illusions

The Photo is Bad. The Dress is Blue. Your Brain is Lying.

The Photo is Bad. The Dress is Blue. Your Brain is Lying.

The internet is losing its collective shit over the color of this dress. It is, as most internet rows, a solved problem. Some people see a blue and black dress, others see a white and gold dress. The truth is that this is clearly a terrible photograph that contain none of the above colors and your brain is lying to you. In case you do not believe me, for some absurd reason, I have also included th... »

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post. Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in... »

Bloody Mary: Summoning Spirits or Ordering Drinks?

Bloody Mary: Summoning Spirits or Ordering Drinks?

Back when I was a little girl, I was at a slumber party and distinctly remember the other girls at the party wanted to play “Bloody Mary“. I am not sure if I had heard of the legend before that moment or if they explained it to me, but I knew I wanted nothing to do with it. Between my Catholic upbringing (don’t tempt the devil), my fear of ghosts, and my general “skitterish... »

Sunday Morning Illusion

Sunday Morning Illusion

It’s been a while since we did one of these. Thank you Madfishmonger for your help »

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

It was the night of February 27th, 2013. Rob and I were driving down a stretch of dark highway when it happened. As we crested a hill something strange appeared at the horizon: an orange, glowing, ovoid object slowly rising from the earth like a distant bubble of blooming magma – fiery and ominous. After the initial surprise of the unsettling sight I quickly realized that it was just the moon. But... »

Sunday Morning Illusion

Sunday Morning Illusion

A snazzy optical illusion typeface. More about it here. »

Sunday Morning Illusions

Sunday Morning Illusions

I love me some cylindrical anamorphic projections. Here’s a couple from Jonty Hurwitz raising the bar a little. »

Fauxtography Part 3: Ectoplasm?  I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

Fauxtography Part 3: Ectoplasm? I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

Who caught a ghost? ME! Just call me a Ghost Hunter and be done with it. Seriously, I’ve been hoping to get an accidental fauxtography shot, and this turned out just perfect. But before I begin, I’m just going to stop here and say: Ray Parker, Jr. employed a double negative with the “I ain’t afraid of no ghost,”and it’s bothersome to me. Unless he really meant he was ... »

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