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Magic, illusions, and bloopers and blunders in optics
Author(s): Robert E. Fischer
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the use of optics as it relates to the various forms of illusions and magic, and we will present many of the best optical illusions to demonstrate the use of optics. In magic and visual illusions, objects are made to appear different from how we expect them to appear. Performing such illusions show us things that are impossible based on our preconceived knowledge base. This includes levitation, sawing a lady in half, or creating other similar effects. Optical illusions often take the form of illusions of relative size, shifting perception of items, and other ways of fooling the eye, the mind and the brain. These effects are all highly deceiving to the viewer. In addition to optical illusions, there is close up, parlor and stage magic. These would include classical effects as well as contemporary effects with items such as cards, coins, rings, etc. Here too the goal of the magician is to totally mystify the audience. Another topic of the paper is

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 4442, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IV, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449961
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Robert E. Fischer, OPTICS 1, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4442:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IV
Jose M. Sasian; Paul K. Manhart, Editor(s)

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