Optical illusion magic : visual tricks & amusements by Michael A. DiSpezio

By Michael A. DiSpezio

Cool distortions, a difficult parallel development, afterimages, 3D foolery, flip-flopping faces, and different optical illusions will “trick” you into seeing what isn’t there. “More entire and informative than so much children’s books at the topic, this enjoyable, enlightening quantity might be useful for tasks and enjoyable for browsing.”—Booklist. “High caliber colour photographs... basic language...fun to read.”—Mathematics instructor.

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It was simple, it always worked, and the audiences were amazed. The Houdinis were skilled at Second Sight, using it to create their spirit medium show. Bess and Harry created their Mind Reading with Secret Code C reate a secret message code to use with a partner. You can do this for a variety of things, not just magic shows. No one will be able to figure out how it’s done! Match up a list of numbers, colors, or items with a list of words that can be used to start sentences. Then select the word that matches the number you want your partner to name.

Harry wore a steel plate attached to his thigh, beneath his trousers. Inside the cabinet, he would rap the cuff hard against the plate. Many times he could pop the lock open with simple force. Others figured he hid a special tool somewhere on his body—probably in his thick, curly, unruly hair. They were correct. Sometimes he did hide a lock pick there, just as he also hid one in the thick skin on the sole of his foot. Who would 51 Magic Key Trick H ere’s a clever trick using a padlock and your own “special” powers.

Barnum was a showman who organized and promoted low-cost entertainment to the widest audience. Phineas began earning money by exhibiting an elderly blind woman. She was a former slave named Joyce Heth. Phineas told everyone she had been George Washington’s nurse and was over 160 years old. Joyce was only 80 when she died, so they weren’t telling the truth to audiences. But Barnum had discovered how to make his fortune. He bought a small FA M O U S A M E R I C A N S , D O V E R P U B L I C AT I O N S , 2 0 0 5 dime museum in New York City and expanded it to create the American Museum.

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