Magic eye puzzles are truly perplexing. If you look at a picture of an eye puzzle, you will see tiny specks of colors that seem to be arranged in a pattern, but the 3D “object” hidden in the picture isn’t visible at all. Simply put, it looks like a plain, 2D canvas with dots of color.
Finding the magic in this eye puzzle illusion is tricky. It can only be achieved if you train your eyes to “look through” the picture.
How it Works
The art of the eye puzzle is the ability to diverge. This means you look through the image with your eyes, not directly at it. Your eyes move differently if you try to “look through” a picture. It’s the illusion of depth perception that allows a 3D image to suddenly appear in the 2D image.
Eye puzzles aren’t just for entertainment purposes. They were invented back in the 1930’s to study depth perception. By the 60’s, this scientific method was widely used and it led scientists to discover that depth perception occurs in the brain, not in the eyes.
In the early 90’s, thanks to technology, computer programmers and artists created an algorithm so a pattern of dots could be manipulated into creating a hidden 3D object. Then advances in technology mean dots could now morph into shapes and patterns. That’s when the eye puzzle went mainstream.
See for Yourself
Hold the center of the printed image right up to your nose. It should be blurry. Focus as though you are looking through the image into the distance. Very slowly move the image away from your face until the two squares above the image turn into three squares. If you see four squares, move the image farther away from your face until you see three squares. If you see one or two squares, start over!
When you clearly see three squares, hold the page still, and the hidden image will magically appear. Once you perceive the hidden image and depth, you can look around the entire 3D image. The longer you look, the clearer the illusion becomes. The farther away you hold the page, the deeper it becomes.
This is the hidden 3D object in the eye puzzle image. Can you see it?
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