Astounding Optical Illusions by Katherine Joyce

By Katherine Joyce

This article comprises with reference to a hundred optical illusions, from photograph puzzles with hidden gadgets, to shadow puppets, sturdy gadgets that can't exist, instantly traces that wave and bend, and pulsating styles.

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Without pausing, peel the next two cards off the top of the packet one at a time, so they are fanned 54 to the right on top of the double cardo Your right hand. with the remaining double card (in perfect align- ment) , gestures toward the soft spot then goes beneath the table. Leave the Kings of Diamonds and Spades resting on the chair between your legs. (For those keeping score, it's Magician 4, Spectators O: with the exception of one of each, the Kings and Aces have been switched. ) Your right hand moves forward, beneath the table, to where the soft spot líes.

The audience has se en the Ace of Diamonds twice, but this does not register. They have seen the requisite number of reds and blacks, and that's all. Your right hand does not pause at any time during this version of The Undercount, but "bobs" continuously up and down as the Aces are taken. " Wiggle your right hand, poin,t to the spectator's face-down selection, then point to The Unknown Cardo Drop the Ace packet face down onto the spectator's selection. Your right hand grasps the Ace/selection packet in Biddle Grip and lifts it off the table.

Do a Block Pushoff, turning the top four cards over as a group and immediately letting them fall face up onto the single face-down card remaining in your left hand. The Four of Spades will show. (I'm sure the Block Pushoff is familiar to most of you. Briefly, your left thumb moves to the outer left corner of the packet and rests on fue edges of the cards. pinch/push oVer all except the bottom cardo Your right hand immediately grasps the c~nter of the right long side of the four-card block, thumb above and fingers beneath.

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