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Illusion of the Week: The Best Illusion of the Year

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On Monday May 13th, the Neural Correlate Society hosted the 9th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest in Naples, Florida. Out of the ten finalist competitors, the Best Illusion of the Year title went to “Rotation Generated by Translation”, an illusion developed by a team of mathematicians and illusion creators from Meiji University in Japan. The winning illusion consists of the perception of apparent rotation from straight translational motion. Just as shocking, Jun Ono, the lead illusionist from the Japanese team, presented the illusion in full Batman attire, cape and mask included.

The 2nd and 3rd prize winners, and the rest of the finalist illusions, are now available for viewing at the Best Illusion of the Year Contest’s website.




Susana Martinez-Conde About the Author: Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik are laboratory directors at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Follow on Twitter @illusionchasers.

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