by Al Seckel

Eye Wonder – The Amazing Paradoxical and Magical Illusionary Worlds of Jerry Andrus

Published Date : December 8, 2012




: 78 pages, 388MB
: English
: 978-0-9886753-0-8


Eye Wonder: The Magical and Paradoxical Illusory Worlds of Jerry Andrus features the very best of Jerry Andrus’s creative genius in the worlds of magic, illusion, and paradox.

The non-static medium of the electronic book, free from the constraints of the printed page, allows for the sharing of magical and illusory effects, sights and sounds, which were formerly prohibited in a static medium. Further, the digital format allows one to experience Jerry Andrus: the man, his thoughts and his vision, through his own distinctive voice.

Eye Wonder is also augmented by essays on Andrus’s original contributions to magic and optical illusions by magician Mark Setteducati and perception scientist Al Seckel. Jerry was also an extraordinary human being. His close friend Barry Brilliant has contributed an essay on what it was like to know and be with Jerry.

Most of the material here is being published for the first time allowing people, even those already familiar with Jerry Andrus’s original genius, to experience new delights and wonders.
For those who knew Jerry, they will remember that Jerry’s favorite word was “wonder.” Jerry was also a lover of paradox and wordplay. Jerry was someone who was constantly “wondering” about the world around him, and he created wonders for the eye.

Eye Wonder will allow you to share his creative spirit with others as well, who may not have had the fortunate chance to come across his wonderful and surprising delights. We encourage you to share the contents of this ebook. Jerry would have been very delighted to know that so much of his legacy of wonders could be experienced in such an accessible way. Spread the word! Eye Wonder contains high quality videos of the very best Jerry’s optical illusions, as well as close-up magic, card manipulations, and comedy acts, professionally filmed at the height of his career.

What’s Inside

Inside, you will discover the following:

  1. Jerry Andrus – A Biography
  2. A Paradoxical World of Illusion by perception scientist Al Seckel
  3. The Magical World of Jerry Andrus by magician Mark Setteducati
  4. An Honest and Laudable Man by friend Barry Brilliant
  5. Optical Illusions
    1. The Hollow Mask Illusion
    2. The Hollow Masks Illusion
    3. Crazy Nuts Illusion
    4. The Paradox Box
    5. Coils of Infinity
    6. Inside-Out House
    7. Binary Arts Presentation
    8. Curious Cube
    9. An Inside-Out View of an Ambulance
    10. Spook Blocks
    11. Incredible Floating Car
    12. Solid Paradox
    13. Hyper House
    14. Floating Star
    15. Crazy Gears
    16. Floating Cubes
    17. Spiral Sun
    18. Spook Ring
    19. Reversed Perspective Steps
    20. Ghostly Crates
    21. Box Impossible
    22. Tri-Zonal Space Warper
    23. A Flatland of Peaks of Valleys
    24. The Plank Illusion
    25. Mystery Shacks
  6. Close-Up Magic and Comedy
    1. Tubes and Balls
    2. Linking pins
    3. Acupressure
    4. The Two Card Trick
    5. Jerry Deals You In
    6. Card Manipulations
    7. A Perfect Illusion
    8. Zone Zero
    9. Comedy Magic
    10. Visit to a Doctor’s Office

  7. Interviews
    1. The Castle of Chaos
    2. How I Create Illusions
    3. Jerry’s Organ
    4. Seeing through Jerry’s Lens
    5. A Good Death


Al Seckel is one of the world’s leading experts on visual and sensory illusions and how they relate to the underlying mechanisms of sensory perception. He has lectured extensively on this subject throughout the world at many of the most prestigious universities and venues. He is the author of several best-selling and award-winning books on the science of visual illusions and perception, as well as desktop and wall calendars, and all manner of merchandise. He has also been active in designing and building interactive galleries on illusions and perception for science and discovery museums throughout the world.

Seckel also has a tremendous passion for delightful recreations of the mind, which include puzzles, impossible objects, origami, mazes, creative toys, magic, and mathematical recreations.



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