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Illusions Reign Supreme on Halloween

Spooky illusions trick and treat your brain

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ALL IS VANITY:

Last Days of the Sun , by British sculptor James Hopkins, puts a contemporary spin on the Vanitas concept. The seemingly casual arrangement of rock-star bling signifies the futility of ephemeral fame and riches.....[ More ]

ALL IS VANITY:

All Is Vanity , an 1892 drawing by American illustrator C. Allan Gilbert, draws on the 16th- and 17th-century European Vanitas painting tradition, in which still-life objects symbolize the transient and meaningless nature of earthly pursuits.....[ More ]

OUTRAGEOUS PUMPKINS:

The beast, grown by Jim Bryson and his daughter Kelsey, weighed in at 1,818.5 pounds. Villafane sculpted zombies from a smaller pumpkin (weighing a mere 1,693 pounds) and staged them to create the illusion of the living dead bursting out of the colossal squash pod.....[ More ]

OUTRAGEOUS PUMPKINS:

American sculptor Ray Villafane competed as one of four professional pumpkin carvers and bagged the Grand Prize in the Food Networks' Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins in 2008, and Outrageous Pumpkins Challenge II in 2010.....[ More ]

SINKING FEELING:

Artists, such as Andrew Walker, just want to scare the shizzle out of us. Walker painted an elevator floor at the Southside Shopping Center in Wandsworth, London, to suggest a multifloor vertical drop.....[ More ]

SINKING FEELING:

Acrophobia, or fear of heights, occurs even if the height is fake. According to neuroscientists Maria V. Sanchez-Vives of the August Pi I Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona and Mel Slater of University College London and the University of Barcelona, a virtual-reality pit (top left) and a real pit can generate comparable psychological and physiological reactions (such as changes in heart and respiratory rate).....[ More ]

WHAT LURKS IN THE SHADOWS

Gestalt psychologists famously asserted that the whole is different from the sum of its parts. British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster's Dark Stuff agglutinates the bodies of 189 mummified animals, including 67 field mice, five adult rats, 42 juvenile rats, 44 garden shrews, a fox, a squirrel, a weasel, 13 carrion crows, seven jackdaws, a blackbird, a sparrow, a robin, a toad, a gecko and three garden snail shells.....[ More ]

THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY:

“Wretchedness and death will befall to those who disturb the rest of the Kings!” Before you dismiss the Curse of the Twin Pharaohs as nonsense, take a careful look at the two sarcophagi and see if you can detect any signs of evil sorcery.....[ More ]

TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

In The Halloween Tree , a 1972 novel by American horror, science-fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury, eight children go trick-or-treating. Can you find them in the book's cover? In this ambiguous illusion, the costumed kids, their props and the tree in the background form the shape of a skull.....[ More ]

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