andrus_spiral2.gif (33512 bytes)Visionary illusionist, skeptic and magician, Jerry Andrus astounds the world with his illusions and special effects. At home in Oregon, which he calls "The Castle of Chaos," Andrus fashions the mind boggling illusions which he exhibits all over the world. The world renowned magician continues to perform, invent, write and occasionally lectures on the subject of cognitive science.
    "I can fool you because you're a human," says Andrus, "You have a wonderful human mind that works no different from my human mind. Usually when we're fooled, the mind hasn't made a mistake. It's come to the wrong conclusion for the right reason."

(Right) Andrus was the first to use a unique rotating spiral design to generate a powerful illusion called the Spiral Aftereffect. This effect is based on a naturally occurring illusion called the "waterfall effect." The illusion was named by the Greek scholar Aristotle, who noticed the effect as he sat gazing at a waterfall in 350 BC.

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andrus_nuts.gif (17961 bytes) (Left) Jerry Andrus posing in front of one of his amazing 3D constructs from a recent museum exhibit. If you look closely at the model you will notice that the pencil actually "skewers" the two large hex-nuts at an impossible angle. A normal pencil could not possibly bend in this way. How'd he do that?
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