Print your own dragon illusion.

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If you’re into optical illusions as much as I am, you’ve probably heard of the dragon illusion in which a small paper dragon appears to move its head as it watches you walk by. Now you can bring one of these lovable dragons home to experience this illusion for yourself. Just head over to this site and print out the PDF file containing the dragon image along with instructions for assembly with the help of some scissors and scotch tape. Before long you too will have your own personal watchdragon.

The spinning cat illusion.

Just when you were recovering from the madness of the famous spinning woman illusion, along comes her spinning cat. At first glance the cat appears to be rotating in one direction but if you concentrate enough you can make it appear to rotate in the opposite direction. I had a much easier time “seeing” the cat rotate in both directions than I did with the spinning woman. What will emerge next from this strange, spinning world?

The spinning woman illusion revealed.

Earlier I posted about the awesome spinning woman optical illusion in which you can change the direction of the spinning woman by visualizing her spinning in the opposite direction. But this isn’t always easy to do. There is hope, however. I recently came across this altered version of the animation with moving lines to guide your eyes so you can see the woman spin in either direction. This is by far the easiest way to experience this illusion.

The spinning woman illusion.

This is one of the coolest optical illusions I have ever seen. It’s an animation of a woman spinning, but in which direction? I saw her spin clockwise, but the cool part is that you can make it look like she’s spinning in either direction. It’s all in how you see it. It does takes some effort but once you get the full effect of this illusion, you will be blown away.
This pagehas an interactive version of the same illusion that makes it easier to visualize the woman spinning in either direction. There’s also an informative explanation on how this kind of illusion works.