Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and mirrors may seem an invention of relatively modern magic, but mischievous artists have been using these tools for much longer than that. At first glance, this 15th century painting by Jan van Eyck appears to be a simple image of a couple to celebrate their...
I Put a Spell on You

I Put a Spell on You

Think Imhotep’s Book of the Dead is just fiction created for The Mummy? Nope, this ancient book dates back to c. 300BC and was created as very real book of immense power. Translated literally as the Book of Coming Forth by Day, it was designed to help and secure the...
Can You Figure Out the Trick to This Illusion?

Can You Figure Out the Trick to This Illusion?

Anamorphic illusions are based on the principle of anamorphosis, which is any warped projection that requires the viewer to look at it from a specific perspective or use a special device to correctly or fully, see the image.   The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the...