Not tricks, Michael, illusions
June 17, 2015 6:40 PM   Subscribe

The Best Illusion of the Year Contest (previously, previouslier) has announced the 2015 winners.

1st: Splitting Colors (explanation) by Mark Vergeer.

2nd: Ambiguous Garage Roof (explanation) by Kokichi Sugihara. Bonus: more of his work here, where you can find instructions on how to build your own Ambiguous Garage Roof from cardboard. 3rd: The Day It Rained on Lowry (epilepsy warning; explanation) by Michael Pickard.

See all top 10 finalists here, including an entry on Disambiguating #theDress (previously).
posted by nicodine (14 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
Well, that's awesome.
posted by Literaryhero at 6:59 PM on June 17, 2015

Great post, thanks. I actually experienced vertigo when the garage roof was rotated on the turntable.

disambiguating my ass--I still don't understand how people can see black in that dress
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:08 PM on June 17, 2015

Oh man, I love that third place one, it reminds me of the OMGSPIDER strobing .gif.
posted by not_on_display at 7:24 PM on June 17, 2015 [5 favorites]

I think the epilepsy warning needs to go on the third place video, not the second one.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:33 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

posted by ph00dz at 7:33 PM on June 17, 2015

Mod note: fixed, thanks.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 8:00 PM on June 17, 2015

What is the music in the Splitting Colors video?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:10 PM on June 17, 2015

Cool Papa Bell, It is The XX...Intro
posted by Wink Ricketts at 9:26 PM on June 17, 2015 [4 favorites]

I have to say I'm very surprised by their first choice. Color/motion illusions seem really basic at this point.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:52 PM on June 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

Aaaaargh my brain! Great post.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 10:09 PM on June 17, 2015

That title is making my brain itch. Is it from Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread?
posted by rifflesby at 11:02 PM on June 17, 2015

rifflesby, it's Arrested Development
posted by crashlanding at 11:07 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ambiguous Garage Roof? Disambiguating The Dress?

We're back in post-punk art band land, aren't we? Peelie's about to spin up I Am The Fly, and Colin's taken all the bleedin' billy...
posted by Devonian at 5:34 AM on June 18, 2015

What is the music in the Splitting Colors video?

Pandora "random suggestion" algorithm.

(Actually it's The XX as Wink Ricketts says and even though they were a Pandora "random suggestion" they buried themselves in my brainmeat and now I really love them. It's from the album "XX".)
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:21 PM on June 18, 2015

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