Don’t be deceived by the tricks your eyes are playing on you! Recently, our very own Thinky the Dragon was featured in a BBC article that reflected on the life of Martin Gardner, a very influential man who puzzled the minds of many.
Gardner’s brilliance translated into creating optical illusions and paper-folding games, which brought about the eventual creation of Thinky the Dragon kit, a hollow face illusion and ThinkFun spokesdragon!
So how does this illusion actually work? Our brains are fooled into believing that this image is following our every move. Don’t let this thought haunt you — the combination of lighting and our personal perception is not strong enough to visualize the hollow face. We can be misled by ambiguous images and visual distance cues. Not so scary after all, now is it? To learn more, Bill Ritchie dives deep into the mathematics and psychology behind the illusion.
You can make your very own Thinky the Dragon with a printable PDF and trick your friends this Halloween with this great illusion!