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YouTube / The Illusion contest

Yes it’s only a matter of weeks before Christmas, and Halloween is just around the corner – but there’s something to celebrate right now.

The Illusion of the year competition, run by the Neural Correlate Society, which describes itself as “a celebration of the ingenuity and creativity of the world’s premier illusion research community” closed yesterday after a tense vote that was open to the public.

Judges picked their top ten favourites for people to vote on, and they’re all mind-blowing.

So here are the top ten finalists. Prepare to be amazed.

1. "Shape from motion only"

2. "Skye Blue Cafe Wall Illusion"

3. "Dynamic Müller Lyer Illusion"

4. "TILLA at the beach"

5. "Partial Disappearance Illusion"

6. "The Windmills of your Mind Illusion"

7. The Mask Induced Filling-out

8. "The Material Inversion Effect"

9. The Shrink and Swell Illusion

10. Complementary Afterimage ( Quantum Rainbow )

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