Video: Water can do some trippy things, man. If you take a glass of water and slide it in front of a pattern, the refraction of light in water basically screws with those patterns and makes it appear as something else entirely. The distortion is really crazy to see because black and white squares turn into alternating white and black rectangles, and diagonal lines can become crazy squigglies.
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Let's play a game. Can you find the orange tabby cat that's supposedly taking a nap on this pile of wood without going crazy? I say supposedly because for a good few minutes as I was looking for the cute little guy, I swore that the cat didn't exist or that the cat has transformed into a block of wood or that the cat had invisibility powers. All of those explanations were much more believable than an actual cat taking a nap on the pile of wood.
Video: If it looks like a roof and it's sloped downward like a roof, it should act like a damn roof and have stuff freaking slide off it, right? Not when it comes to Kokichi Sugihara's "Impossible Rooftop". Even if you place a ball on top of this model house's roof, it won't roll off. Instead, the ball will break physics, bend gravity and probably even time travel a little as it dances all around the roof's edges — until it finally settles on top of the roof's ridge.
There's an iPhone laying somewhere on this carpet. You have to stare really hard and probably scour every pixel of this picture and possibly stop blinking for at least four minutes in order to find it, but I promise you that it's there. Jeya May Cruz dropped her iPhone onto this rug and basically saw her phone vanish before her eyes. Who knew iPhones had an invisibility feature.
Video: What sorcery is this? Kokichi Sugihara's 'Rectangles and Circles' illusion is a mind-bending visual trip that turns squares into circles and circles into squares right in front of your face. Different shapes are placed at a mirror and what you see in front of you is totally different from what you see in the mirror. It's like the mirror is actually a portal to another dimension where squares are circles and circles are squares.
Video: In every one of these side-by-sides from artist Howard Lee (and there are ten of them), one is the real object and the other is just a hyperrealistic drawing. Some of these drawings look so real that it's hard to tell what's art and what's not. It's especially great because after we get fooled, we get to see how the drawings get made.
Video: I want my cake to be fluffy and delicious and always enough for seconds. Maybe it can be a little decorative and fun and hide a joke somewhere but what I'm not prepared for is a cake to wreck my brain before it pads my stomach. Take a look at this optical illusion, colour changing, shape shifting (it's not shape shifting but with all the changes in colours, it makes me think that it is) cake. You spin it, and the zig zag of the design reveals a completely different colour!
Video: It's all about the perspective. Well, it's also a little about how easily our eyes can be tricked. Here's optical illusion expert BrussPup pulling the old perspective trick on us by making us think something is real when it's not and making us believe something is fake when it's actually the real object. It's a fun video because he doubles down on the effect by zooming in on the photos up close. They still look totally 3D at that distance but they're not.
I can only accept two reasons as for how this drawing of an egg — yes, a drawing — looks like it actually cracks as an artist continues drawing: our eyes are pitiful things that cannot be trusted at all or the artist is a magician. There is no in between. This is expert level artistry that is very likely sorcery at work. Or the human eye can't actually see a damn thing.
Video: Zach Mueller has mastered the art of cardistry and in doing so probably destroyed the laws of gravity. The Fontaine cards he's using seem to have a mind of their own with special rules that don't apply to other objects on this planet. It's not so much that his hands are controlling the card but the card is controlling his hands. Cool trick!
You can do so much with just water and other liquids. Like glycerin can make bottles disappear, water can start fires, honey does a good job at real life slow motion, a glass of water can reverse arrow signs and so forth. Brusspup, the YouTube illusionist extraordinaire, shows us 10 fun things you can do with liquids — and some of them will make you question the secret powers of water.
Video: It starts off a little cartoonish but then it quickly turns creepy and almost squeamish as the hand starts to legitimately look like it's been sliced to expose the blood, guts and bones. Luckily, for us and for Natalie Nakles, the artist who did this, it's only the work of markers, pens and clever camera angles. Your brain knows that it's fake but your eyeballs do a helluva job trying to convince yourself that it's real.
You really can't trust your eyeballs. Watch as freerunners Jason Paul and Pasha Petkuns use illusions and perfect camera angles to screw with our perspectives as they slide down bananas, live in an upside down world, become giants and tiny humans, and do a lot more mind trippy stuff. It's really fun.
Video: Super-photorealistic drawings are always fun to see because they tickle your brain into thinking things that you know are fake could possibly maybe be real because they just look so similar. Here's a drawing from Dino Tomic showing a leaf drawing with a pile of other leaves. It's hard to tell which one is fake!
Video: Hikaru Cho is an amazing body painter who bends reality and breaks eyeballs with her art. Here's an old favourite where she essentially makes her neck disappear and creates a floating head only to re-attach it later. It's done completely through body paint with no Photoshopping whatsoever.
Do you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe? If you see Einstein, that means your vision is good! If you see Marilyn Monroe, your eyes need some help. In the GIF above, you should see both as it zooms in. When the image is further away and smaller, you'll see Marilyn. As it comes closer, you'll see Einstein. The quicker you see him, the better your eyesight.