Champions of Illusion by Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen Macknik

Champions of Illusion by Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen Macknik

Author:Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen Macknik
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 2017-09-14T04:00:00+00:00

As the gorilla-suited Simons explained, there are several changes that most people overlook when they watch the Monkey-Business Illusion: the background of the image changes color from red to gold, and one of the three black-shirted players leaves the game by discreetly backing out of the scene. Simons had one final surprise: “Did any of you spot a pirate?” Simons asked the audience. The spectators groaned, rolled their eyes, and shook their heads at yet another impossible oversight. But the undetected pirate was not in the video. Simons pointed to stage right, where a spotlight beamed down on a pirate, previously unnoticed yet completely out in the open for all to see, holding a sword to the neck of the contest’s technical director (Steve). The illusion had spilled out of the video onto the stage!

Still frames from the illusion show (top left) the scene before the gorilla appears, (top right) the gorilla entering and one of the players in black backing out of the scene, (middle left) the gorilla thumping its chest, (middle right) the gorilla exiting, and (bottom) the scene after the gorilla has left. The color of the curtain has changed, and now only two black-shirted players remain.


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