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111 Outstanding Optical Illusions

From Illusory Adhesives to 3D Chalk Drawings

— August 25, 2012 — Art & Design
These outstanding optical illusions consist of the most extravagant art exhibits to the most lavish couture designs, and each and every one of them will make you second guess what it is you are really looking at. These optical illusions take place in the streets of your neighbourhoods to editorials you see in the magazine.

Whether it's cloud surfing photography that involves people standing on balloons way up in the sky or 3D floor murals that give off the illusion of a full-fledged koi fish pond, these designs are stunning. There are always going to be artists out there finding new and inventive ways to trick the eye into seeing something that is not really there.

Take a look through the photos above to see some of the most mind blowing and deceptive optical illusions out there today.
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Suspended Skylines
Suspended Skylines
Craig Shimala Strings Together Years of Footage of the Chicago Skyline
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108
Quirky Illusion Captures
Quirky Illusion Captures
'Flat Landscapes' by Lauren Hillebrandt Focuses on 'Absurdisms'
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107
3D Threaded Alphabets
3D Threaded Alphabets
The Iwona Przybyla Stitch Typography Pops Out
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106
Optical Illusion Animations
Optical Illusion Animations
Tim Wheatley's Cyclotrope Plays Out a Scene as it Spins
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105
Unflattering Celeb Illusions
Unflattering Celeb Illusions
The Flashed Face Distortion Technique is Mind-Bending
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104
Escher-Esque Advertising
Escher-Esque Advertising
Sok Discount Markets Ads Feature Unbelievable Deals
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103
Digit-Created Depictions
Digit-Created Depictions
The 'Fingerings' Series by Judith Ann Braun Uses Fingertips to Paint
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102
Houdinified Hypnotic ads
Houdinified Hypnotic ads
The Essilor Varilux Multifocal Lens Campaign will Take You on a Journey
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101
Optical Illusion Collections
Optical Illusion Collections
The Jonathan Saunders Fall 2012 Pieces are Visually Texturized
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100
Optical Illusion Exhibits
Optical Illusion Exhibits
The Frank Stella ‘Connections’ Collection Displays Deconstruction
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99
Double-Eyed Cat Campaigns
Double-Eyed Cat Campaigns
The Pet Show Pet Food Ads by Hermandad are Dizzying
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98
Sinking Surface Furniture
Sinking Surface Furniture
Gianluca Sgalippa's Gola Table Boasts a Gradient Colorway
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97
Optical Illusion Seating
Optical Illusion Seating
The '2450 White' Chair by Junpei Tamaki is Translucent or Solid White
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96
Rainbow Illusion Art
Rainbow Illusion Art
The Deconstructing Ways Project Takes Streets Apart to Create New Ones
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95
Gravity-Defying Illusions
Gravity-Defying Illusions
The Impossible Motion Video is a Tricky Model
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94
Optical Effect Seating
Optical Effect Seating
The Junya Ishigami Family Chairs are Perfectly Mismatched
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93
Cardboard Box Sculptures
Cardboard Box Sculptures
Krystina Naylor's Open Box Series Relies on Subtle Optical Illusions
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92
Hypnotically Striped Renderings
Hypnotically Striped Renderings
Shirly Raz Illustrates Images that Toy with Viewers' Eyes
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91
Optical Illusion Timepieces
Optical Illusion Timepieces
Spotcheck Watch by Lloyd Mushy is an Inventive Way to Tell Time
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90
Unconventional Unfinished Portraits
Unconventional Unfinished Portraits
The Aisha Zeijpveld 'What Remains' Series is Inspiring
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89
Projected Backdrop Advertorials
Projected Backdrop Advertorials
The Meltin'Pot Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign is Loads of Fun
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88
Aluminum Reflection Illusions
Aluminum Reflection Illusions
The MUT 'Zig Zag' Mirror Makes You Question Reality
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87
Optical Illusion Museums
Optical Illusion Museums
The Michael Powell & Jürgen Horn Photograph Series is Surreal
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86
10 Optical Illusions in 2 Minutes
10 Optical Illusions in 2 Minutes
Samsung Soul Commercial
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85
Optically Confusing Drawings
Optically Confusing Drawings
Brian Downs Renders Images that Fiddle with Viewers' Perception
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84
Illusory Adhesives
Illusory Adhesives
Hinge Packing Tape Creates Optical Illusion of Age
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83
Precarious Pixelated Tables
Precarious Pixelated Tables
Unstable by Studio Mango Will Make You Second Guess Effectiveness
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82
Deceptively Floating Hearths
Deceptively Floating Hearths
Bio-Blaze's Veniz Fireplace Produces Absolutely No Smells or Smoke
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81
Man-Made Ocean Views
Man-Made Ocean Views
‘Sky Factory’ Brings Nature into the Workplace
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80
Trippy Novel Installations
Trippy Novel Installations
The Scanner Book Cave is Incredibly Mesmerizing in Design
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79
Kaleidoscopic Building Captures
Kaleidoscopic Building Captures
Tokyo Architecture by Stephane Laniray is Stunning
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78
Designer Breast Enhancements
Designer Breast Enhancements
Runway Fashions Use Optical Illusions to Boost Bosoms
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77
Iconic Optical Illusion Architecture
Iconic Optical Illusion Architecture
Vicente de Paulo Manipulates the Work of Oscar Niemeyer
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76
Fascinating Illusory Facades
Fascinating Illusory Facades
K-Studio Designs Building for Moda Bagno-Interni Store
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75
Hide-and-Seek Pictorials
Hide-and-Seek Pictorials
Camouflage Art by Laurent La Gamba Blends Just Right with the Background
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74
Simple Illusionistic Seating
Simple Illusionistic Seating
The Inception Chair by Vivian Chiu is Full of "De-Seat"
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73
Rotated Interior Coffee Houses
Rotated Interior Coffee Houses
D'espresso Sideways Library Cafe is a New Spin on Coffee Shop Decor
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72
Balloon-Suspended Furniture
Balloon-Suspended Furniture
The 'Up Coffee Table' by Duffy London is Light-Hearted
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71
Racy Reflective Spreads
Racy Reflective Spreads
A Shattering Look from the Tristan Knights Velvet Magazine Spread
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70
Luxurious Illusion Photoshoots
Luxurious Illusion Photoshoots
The FASHION Magazine August 2012 Series is Mind-Bending
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69
Optical Illusion Typography
Optical Illusion Typography
Marc Bottler Uses Depth-of-Field to Create Fantastic Fonts
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68
Jolting Floating Geometric Art (UPDATE)
Jolting Floating Geometric Art (UPDATE)
Street Art by Aakash Nihalani Makes a Statement
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67
Hexagonal Wooden Dishware
Hexagonal Wooden Dishware
Poly by Martin Zampach is Geometrically Minimalist
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66
Building Illusion Displays
Building Illusion Displays
The 'Batiment' Installation Allows Viewers to Become Spider-Man
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65
Motion-Blur Illusion Campaigns
Motion-Blur Illusion Campaigns
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Ads are Speedy
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64
Optical Illusion Cloths
Optical Illusion Cloths
Stephanie Baechler's FABRIC Project is Full of Eye-Popping Graphics
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63
Optically-Confusing Couture
Optically-Confusing Couture
The Rue Du Mail Spring 2010 Collection Plays With Shapes
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62
Transparent Seating
Transparent Seating
The Invisibles by Tokujin Yoshioka is an Optical Illusion
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61
Deceptively Empty Cabinets
Deceptively Empty Cabinets
The Hide & Seek Side Table Uses a Magician's Mirror to Appear Vacant
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60
Geometric Optical Illusion Photographs
Geometric Optical Illusion Photographs
The Aakash Nihalani Masking Tape Creations are Incredible
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59
Optical Illusion Phone Stands
Optical Illusion Phone Stands
The Elecom JAGUCHI Stand Holds Up Your Phone with Water
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58
Performance Art: The Impossible Photos of Li Wei
Performance Art: The Impossible Photos of Li Wei
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57
3D Chalk-Block Battles
3D Chalk-Block Battles
Planet Streetpainting Created a LEGO Version of Terracotta Army of China
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56
Almost Optical Illusion Mats
Almost Optical Illusion Mats
Eley Kishimoto Rugs Are Covered in Mesmerizing Prints
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55
Optical Illusion Packaging
Optical Illusion Packaging
The Cafe Brasileiro Java Wrapper is Visually Arresting
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54
Illusionist Seating
Illusionist Seating
The Magic Chair by Davide Conti is Playfully Impossible
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53
Optical Illusion Art
Optical Illusion Art
Felice Varini Projects Floating Architectural Art
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52
Optical Illusion Modelling
Optical Illusion Modelling
The Swinging 60s Shoot of Zuzanna Bijoch for Vogue Japan is Captivating
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51
Optical Illusion Knitwear
Optical Illusion Knitwear
Cooperative Designs F/W 2010 Collection is Not Easy on the Eyes
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50
Magic Moving Images
Magic Moving Images
Animated Optical Illusions Book Soars to #5 in Japan
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49
Cloud-Surfing Photography
Cloud-Surfing Photography
Li Wei Unleashes All-New Awe-Inspiring Works (UPDATE)
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48
Circloptical Illusions
Circloptical Illusions
The Felice Varini Circles Overtake Vercorin, Switzerland
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Optical Illusion Lighting
Optical Illusion Lighting
The Kah-Du Lampshade Collection is in Perpetual Motion
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46
Uncanny Light-Inspired Illustrations
Uncanny Light-Inspired Illustrations
These Tang Yau Hoong Pictures Mess With Physics
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Optical Illusion Paintings
Optical Illusion Paintings
Oleg Shuplyak Hides Famous Faces in His Artwork
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44
Deceiving Silhouette Photography
Deceiving Silhouette Photography
Kumi Yamashita 'Shadow Art' Sheds Light on Cool Creations
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Optical Illusion Branding
Optical Illusion Branding
Acrilex Decor Paint Packaging Escapes from the Second Dimension
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Leaning School Towers
Leaning School Towers
The Lyons Warrnambool Campus Building is a Real-Life Optical Illusion
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Optical Illusion Origami
Optical Illusion Origami
Joanna McClure Fashions Faux Objects Using Flat Paper
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Optical Illusion Ceilings
Optical Illusion Ceilings
The 'Nine Dancing Triangles' Painting by Felice Varini Waltzes Above
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Garden Vortexes
Garden Vortexes
The Faulders Studio Deformscape Creates an Unorthodox Optical Illusion
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Skin-Embedded Optical Illusions
Skin-Embedded Optical Illusions
This Body Art by Chooo-San Appears to be Photoshopped
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37
Illusionary Wallpaper Designs
Illusionary Wallpaper Designs
This Mineheart Wallpaper is Whimsically Deceptive
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Taped Optical Illusions
Taped Optical Illusions
Igor Eskinja's 'Made In:side' Art Installation Stands Out
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Optical Illusion Advertising
Optical Illusion Advertising
The Red Cross 'Transparent Billboard' Bears Destruction
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34
Distorted Perspective Art
Distorted Perspective Art
The Jan Von Holleben ' The Theatre' Collection Tricks the Eye
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Optical Illusion Interiors
Optical Illusion Interiors
The Bangkok University BU Lounge Pushes Perceptive Boundaries
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Optical Illusion Interiors
Optical Illusion Interiors
Logomo Cafe Features a Mind-Bending Design by Tobias Rehberger
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Optical Illusion Furniture
Optical Illusion Furniture
Angles by Cuatro Cuatros is Playful and Slanted
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Optical Illusion Decor
Optical Illusion Decor
Felice Varini's 3D Rooms
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Blackboard Combats
Blackboard Combats
The Best Chalkboard Game Since Hangman
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Surreal Size Pictorials
Surreal Size Pictorials
Jean-françois Fourtou Alters Spaces' Measurements to Create an Illusi
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Superimposed Celebs Collages
Superimposed Celebs Collages
Lola Dupre Cuts and Pastes to Create Fascinating Portraits
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Op Art Menswear
Op Art Menswear
The MariusPetrus Spring/Summer 2013 Collection is Optically Ornate
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Faking Naughty II
Faking Naughty II
5 More Ads That Made You Look Twice
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Subway Floodvertising
Subway Floodvertising
Brazilian Advertising Campaign for the Movie 2012 Fakes Subway Flood
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Optical Illusion Flooring
Optical Illusion Flooring
The Senso 'Impressions' Flooring Collection is Three Dimensional
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Assembled Art
Assembled Art
The Horatio Salinas Still Life Photography Collection Puts the Pieces Together
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Giant Illusion Steps
Giant Illusion Steps
The DUB Staircase is Made Up of 8 Blocks and 16 Steps
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Optical Illusion Photos
Optical Illusion Photos
Perfect Angle Photography
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Reality Shocktography
Reality Shocktography
10 Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped
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Surreal Architectural Optical Illusions
Surreal Architectural Optical Illusions
The Regina Silveira Series Redefines Interior Decor
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17
Miniature Bodily Landscapes
Miniature Bodily Landscapes
Allan Teger Uses Bodies as His Theaters
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16
Urban Illusion Immersion Paintings
Urban Illusion Immersion Paintings
Massive 3D Street Art by Edgar Muller
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Optical Illusion Walk-Throughs
Optical Illusion Walk-Throughs
The Trillusion Installation by Boris Banozic is Visually Intriguing
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14
Optical Illusion Movie Posters
Optical Illusion Movie Posters
Rowan Stocks Moore Takes a Different Look at Disney
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Pavement Illusions (UPDATE)
Pavement Illusions (UPDATE)
3D Drawings On Concrete Canvas
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Modern Illusionist Photography
Modern Illusionist Photography
The Work of Christophe Gilbert
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Optical Illusion Rugs
Optical Illusion Rugs
The Sima Pashtun Carpet Looks like It's Sinking into the Ground
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10
Perfect Angle Photography
Perfect Angle Photography
Mighty Optical Illusions
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3D Illusion Chalk Drawings II
3D Illusion Chalk Drawings II
The Work of Kurt Wenner
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Bald Face Tattoos
Bald Face Tattoos
Badass People Have Tattooed Eyes on the Back of Their Heads
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3D Illusion Chalk Drawings
3D Illusion Chalk Drawings
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3D Illusory Graffiti
3D Illusory Graffiti
Chalk Ice Age Hits Ireland With Incredible Ice Crevasse
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Optical Illusion Wallpaper
Optical Illusion Wallpaper
Warped Wall Coverings
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4
Intense Optical Illusions
Intense Optical Illusions
Akiyoshi Kitaoka's Illustrations are Freakishly Intense
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Optical Illusion Body Painting
Optical Illusion Body Painting
Creative Paint Job Turns Three People Into the Image of a Tiger
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Magical Body Painting
Magical Body Painting
Makeup Artist Danielle Fonseca's Illusion Transformations
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3D Floor Murals
3D Floor Murals
10 Incredible Optical Illusion Designs to Floor Your Friends
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