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On 2003-10-19 17:52, Paul Sherman wrote:
Tenyo's Blue Crystal is an optical illusion as magic. The same could be said about Reality Twister.


I was about to say Tenyo's Blue Crystal is a great one. I love to stare at is mind boggling.
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Is the use of the "Black Art" principle all that apparent to the layman? I think not, or am I deceiving myself? Your opinions are appreciated!
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I was just about to post something on "black art". This I believe is an optical illusian as is the "Blue Room" I would say
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Hellooo, what about Jerry Andrus' Zone Zero?

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Tomas has the distinction between an OI and a magic effect.

The OI is invariant under repeat/change of parameters.

The magic effect is a one way transition and has a clear 'magic' moment which does not reverse as you mover your head or whatever. Tempting to equate this distinction to the second law of thermodynamics Smile all the coins I've dropped here
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The Warped Nail is a great O.I.
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Effects achieved by retention of vision could count as OIs? After all, the eye is convincing the brain that it has seen something that hasn't actually happened.
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Optical illusions can help to add more to your magic. For example, the old rubber pencil illusion can be used in the Bendable Pen by John Cornelius, or the rubber coin illusion can be used in a coin bending effect.

Many stage illusions can be considered optical illusions. For example Zig Zag Girl and countless others which rely on the illusion that something is smaller than it looks. I would consider black art an optical illusion too as it plays with visual perception.

Mentalists or stage hynotists can make use of those optical illusions where it appears to spin but actually isn't to put their audience or volunteer into a trance.

Brad Manuel has a very comical magic prop called the BucketHead. Find out more here:

I have also seen this optical illusion where an eye seems to blink (using parallel black lines on a clear plastic sheet to block out the partial incorrect image and changing what is seen by sliding the image). Some magicians do use this to "see" the card before announcing what it is.

Optical illusions need not necessarily be the magic, but it can be used to spice up your magic and add variety.
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A good Example would be "Crazy Man's Handcuffs" or whatever other name you call it.
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Zig Zag must be the ultimate optical illusion on stage.
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Act 2 TOTM employs the classic 5 card paper-clip principle.. BR calls the demo "The Chinese Eye"...

Also, check out Ian Rowland's 'Preludes' routine - that gave me a lot of inspiration for using OI as part of an effect...

Oh yeah - above - the Mr Angry/happy principle has been routined into something cool by a magiccafe member (kudos!)...
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How about Richard Osterlind's killer spoon bend from Mind Mysteries? Blue Crystal is great also...Lubor Fiedler is good...
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Yeh, almost forgot about the Tenyo stuff, I agree with Algebra2 about Blue Crystal. Even after you know how it works you will still keep fooling yourself with it. Don't even know how to explain it, it's almost like a hologram if you ask me.

There are other Tenyo products that use optical illusions, one I can think of right now is metal matrimony where the 2 coins fuse into one.
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I can't think of the name, but a few years ago I had a trick which used a semi-transparant piece of plastic and a pen.

You put the pen on the spectators fingertips and you could see the pen + their hand through the plastic, but when you turned the plastic the middle of the pen disapeared (the part covered by the plastic), and they can see their fingers through the plastic (they can even wiggle them). I thaught it was a very clever optical illusion, however I never used it more than once, but it might be the sort of thing you are after.

I can't remember the name of the effect though, sorry Smile
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Along with the bending pencil, one of the first tricks I learned when I was a kid was the 'Appearing Nickel', where you quickly rub two nickels together between the tips of your thumb and forefinger. While they are moving, your eye sees three nickels. Definitely a magic trick where the optical illusion is the effect.
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I know it's been a long time since this question was posted, but I thought I'd submit for your consideration an out-of-this-world type effect with the "Impossible Rectangle/Block" optical illusion that you can find at:
If you color the "face" with the three gray ovals all gray (or blue or any other color but white), then covering the right side will create the illusion of a block with a white face and a blue interior, but covering the left side will create the illusion of a block with a blue face and a white interior. Now create a white block and a blue block without the optical illusion to use as leader cards. You have six of the optical illusion cards, three oriented to show a "white face" and the other three oriented to show a "blue face." All of the cards have a Yin Yang symbol on the back that can be used as a one-way backed deck principle. Lay out the two "normal" cards. Mix the optical illusion cards face down and have the spectator deal them face down to either the "white face" or "blue face" leader card. Use the leader card face down to scoop up the face down cards in its pile (thus putting it on the face) and turn the packet either end for end or bookwise. Then fan the packet to show that the spectator has somehow perfectl separated the white blocks and the blue blocks.
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Growing Head Illusion is an O.I
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There are images called "hybrid images". If you look at them up close you will see something very different than when you look at it from 10'. Such as Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe.

As a bit of a comedy opener/warm-up, I thought about doing something analogous to "Sniff-Sniff" (Magic and Showmanship), and claim that I am hypnotizing a volunteer. After showing the volunteer the picture up close, and the audience the same picture (but at a distance), I would ask the volunteer a series of questions about the person they saw in the picture (e.g.; do you find this person attractive?).
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