Have you ever seen a magic trick or one of those weird shows at the local state fair, squinted a smidge and thought to yourself “now how did they do that?”
Most magicians and illusionist have admitted that the eyes can be tricked. Manipulation can be sneaky. If you don’t believe me, consider this – was the dress white and gold or blue and black?
Sci-Tech Discover Center in Frisco is revealing the neuroscience behind mind-bending illusions with the Eyellusions exhibit, now until Jan. 4, 2016. Get ready to to question what you see and what you think as the exhibit shows us the ambiguous phenomena that have left us thinking “huh?” throughout time.
Eyellusions features 20 life-changing installations including:
The Incredible Zoetrope: 8 feet wide pre-film animation device where 12 wooden horse sculptures appear to be running.
The Alice in Wonderland Ames room: Ames room where guests can enter and look big or small depending on their position in the room. The whole display is inspired by the revelations in David Day’s Decoding Wonderland book.
Time Machine: Using a pepper’s ghost effect, guests enter a “time machine” and seem to disappear before the audience.
Movie Theater: Vintage-looking theater with a stage for magicians to preform shows. When a live performance is not scheduled, a short film called “Rescue on Mars” will be playing. It will emulate old cinema techniques and show viewers just how simple these practical effects can be recreated at home.
The Dress: A Victorian version of the infamous black and blue (or white and gold) dress that “broke the internet” will be displayed. Guest will be able to play with the light intensity and discover what makes it change color.
The exhibit will debut in North Texas, so if you have the ability to make it to the Lone Star State, try not to run to Facebook and ruin it for others before they can see it. We want to see the white/gold and blue/black dress for ourselves. And if you’re ever in DFW, check out the Sci-Tech Discovery Center for fun throughout the year!