Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

ERMAHGERD, How does it do that? These 3D printed objects are so wonderfully weird and mind breaking! Aren’t they just the coolest?

This video is from a contest called the Illusion of the Year in which participants develop various illusions that confound and confuse the mind. The author of this illusion is Kokichi Sugihara from the Meiji University in Japan.

Pastel Paper Cardistry | Zach Mueller

Zach Muller is going viral with this wonderfully geeky card manipulation. Wow. There’s a loopback to Contact Juggling here, Zach credits his inspiration for ‘Magnetic Cards’ concept as’Magnetic Batons’ and links to Yuta & Okotanpe performing at Heso Revolutiion 2012.
On his website Okotanpe gives credit to the pioneer of magnetic baton, the wonderful French Contact Juggler Pich, who you can see performing with Magnetic Batons here.
Zach, recently shot a Japanese credit card commercial.

Glas – Bert Haanstra

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“Glas
won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made.”

Shao – Closed Circles in the Mirror

Shao, otherwise known as Michał Szałucho is a object manipulation artist from Poland. The focus of his Masked Man youtube channel is mostly buugeng and blade manipulations, but more recently he is playing with some new manipulation research with this Closed Circles video and the black box illusion. You can also find Shao on Facebook here.

Robotic Marionettes: Les Machines in Nantes

There is an imaginative and magical place that exists in Nantes, France, an artistically inspired cross between the visions of Jules Verne and Leonardo DaVinci. A company called Les Machines has built enormous robotic marionettes, that walk, fly, cry, and even spit. These creatures are entirely built of exposed wires, wood and steel with no plastic to be found in any of their work. The Machines of the Isle is created by two artists, François Delarozière (La Machine) and Pierre Orefice (Manaus association). Delaroziére used to be a part of the company Royal de Luxe, but broke off his association with them in 2008 to develop his own company, La Machine.