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Magic Monday Review ~ Optical Illusions


I like Mondays. On Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and exhilarated by the possibilities of the week ahead. I also like magic. I like its history, its intersection with technology, and its crafty use of human nature.Β  I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

This book was provided to me by Dover Publications via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks by Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber


An image on a page appears to vibrate, a face gradually disappears, and a puzzling cat makes an appearance in this feast of fascinating optical tricks. Children and adults can discover the fascinating intersection of art, science, and magic in a series of geometric illusions, delusions, distortion effects, and other impossible images.

Designed and drawn by a famous puzzle maker, the book is intended to perplex readers, to excite their sense of wonder, and to encourage them to question the nature of reality. The optical illusions, which combine visual interest with elements of psychology and recreational logic, include many original illusions as well as new adaptations of lesser-known visual tricks. Each of the images is accompanied by a simple commentary that explains how it works. (via NetGalley)

A nice selection of shape, color, and figure illusions with a test/experiment chapter at the end. Of course, people are variable and some illusions don’t work as well as others depending on who you are. I realize this is a book aimed at kids, but I would have liked a little more science in the explanations, or maybe just the explanations closer to the illusions. It will be easier to page back and forth to the “solutions” in a physical book, but it might have been nice to have the explanations illustrated a little more.

I was also surprised that there were no full-page illusions. If you’re going to make my eyes go buggy, go big!

Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: Jun 18 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, puzzles
Why did I choose to read this book? Optical Illusions are fun!


What Am I Reading?

Wicked Wildfire Readathon continues until Thursday. In the queue for this week:

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Meant to have this read by, um, today. Other shiny books got in the way.
  • On the magic side of things, Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena by William E. Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo
  • Back to Steven Milhauser this week for Deal Me in with his story “Rain”

So, what are you reading? Any magic to share?