Monthly Archives: February 2015

NYTimes makes Josef Albers proud

Ok, so they don’t mention Josef Albers at all, but it would have been a great opportunity to. Although Josef was not a magician, he did dedicate his life to teaching others about how colors interact with each other through our perception. If you aren’t familiar with his work, check it out

Also, here is the NYTimes breakdown of the dress illusion…

Bot and Dolly

Projection Mapping done well with industrial motion control (MoCo) robots.

As discussed in class, this is a little disingenuous, as the only perfect view of the illusion is that of the camera. A foot or two off to any side of the camera/projector rig and the illusion begins to slip. So while this makes an excellent video it wouldn’t be as impressive as a live experience.

Here’s a making of, in which they name check the types or classifications of illusions.

An Evolutionary Tale

I recently became quite interested in how evolution and evolutionary values can be applied to different areas of design, art, and culture. One aspect that specifically interests me is the value of variation and how evolving systems benefit from a certain amount of entropy. They benefit so much, that things such as mutations or sexual reproduction, which introduces chance are part of much of the animal kingdom.

In this card trick, I try to introduce the possibility of variation or surviving recessive traits through a story of the 52 card deck, a 4 family population 🙂

I could really use some more rehearsing, and my deck got a bit water logged (bad idea to practice by the sink), but I am excited to tell a story about an area I am passionate through a medium that I would otherwise turn away from. Although perhaps common tools of deception are not the best way to warm a crowd to controversial scientific topics… More to come 🙂