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Is there anyone who knows where the Marilyn optical illusion can be found. I have been googling for hours without succes. I'm talking about the one in which her smile is distorted... Thanks a lot in advance !
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The very first image I saw like this was with Margaret Thatcher's face and it turns out that her name is actually attached to the illusion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatcher_effect

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Thanks a lot.
Just too bad that mrs. Thatcher just hasn't got the features I'm looking for in my act. I'd love to find the same thing with Marilyn, but at least now I know what I'm looking for.
Merci beaucoup !
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That's a little weird
Close your eyes. Open your senses.
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I've actually been looking for the exact Marilyn Monroe picture that was used in a lecture. It's not like the Thatcher one.

You show a large photo upside down briefly then ask who they think it was when you put it away. Just about everyone will say it's a photo of Marilyn. Then you slowly turn it rightside up and it's not even close to being Marilyn. It's a much older woman who has a hairstyle like Marilyn's and is wearing a dress and pearls like she would, but it's not her.

The photo just has enough similarity upside down to make you believe it is Marilyn. Does anyone know where to get that one?

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. . . or you can create your OWN 'smiling' face pictures - one the right way up and the other 'identical' but doctored picture upside down. An example of this is shown on the jacket cover of 'Quirkology by Richard Wiseman. Just adapt the wording to suit the new circumstances and you don't even have to find a MM pic.
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On 2008-04-08 02:16, Mike Baxter wrote:
. . . or you can create your OWN 'smiling' face pictures - one the right way up and the other 'identical' but doctored picture upside down. An example of this is shown on the jacket cover of 'Quirkology by Richard Wiseman. Just adapt the wording to suit the new circumstances and you don't even have to find a MM pic.


I understand that, but what made the picture I saw fascinating is that when it was right side up it was a totally different woman that you would not have mixed up as Marilyn.

It had to do with just some basic features being the same like the dress, make up and hair, but she was much older and her face was not even close to Marilyn. I remember it took me by surprise as he slowly turn the picture right side up and suddenly you knew it wasn't marilyn.

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Are we talking here of the Einstein to marilyn effect which is doing the rounds.

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http://www.sciam.com/slideshow.cfm?id=il......E97C43D0

Cite sources - it's not "going around" it was published in Scientific American Magazine's website.
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Lamas, no that's not what's being discussed here.

Jonathan, thanks for that reference. I think you will find the original papers at

http://cvcl.mit.edu/publications/publications.html

Your link also led me to these two wonderful pictures using the same strategy:

http://www.sciam.com/slideshow.cfm?id=il......17B05CF2

http://www.sciam.com/slideshow.cfm?id=il......618D62AA

/Tomas
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