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Fun With 'Magic Eye'!

Updated on October 30, 2011

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If you are familiar with 'Magic Eye's' 3D art, then you know just how much fun it is! If not, let me introduce you to it......

I was introduced to 'Magic Eye' as a young teenager. My cousin had this 'Magic Eye' poster of the Statue of Liberty. It was a lot of fun to look at and though I have no idea how she was introduced to 'Magic Eye', I am very glad she shared that with me!

What is 'Magic Eye'?

'Magic Eye' is an art form in and of itself. On the surface, the images often look like a bunch of scrambled colors all mashed together. Still others appear as simple seemingly flat images. Though they are very pretty on the surface, there's an incredible 3-D image waiting to pop out back at you once you learn how to view them. And no matter what the "surface" image is, the 3-D image is often different and wonderfully surprising!

Practice 'till You See Them

Now, I'll be honest here, not everyone can get the hang of viewing 'Magic Eye' images right away. Yet others, like my cousin, pick it up instantaneously.

I, unfortunately, was one of the ones who wasn't able to see the images right away. It took a lot of practice, but once I got it, wow! When the world of the 'Magic Eye' 3-D images opened up to me, I was mesmerized by their beauty. And, the longer you look at a 'Magic Eye' image, the more 3-D it appears.

Not to worry if you are just as unlucky as I was, though. All of the 'Magic Eye' books that I have seen have a very nice instructional tutorial at the beginning of the book. Their website has some tricks too. Plus, once you learn how to view them, you never forget!

I will, however, say that viewing the images from their books or calendars rather than their website at first seems to be easier. The reason is because you can move the book around and adjust lighting until you get the hang of it easier than you can with a computer screen. And, if you ever want to verify you are seeing the correct image, there are regular, flat "cheat" images in the back of every book! (Though they cannot compare to the actual 3-D images!)

Improves Your Vision?

There are some who claim that viewing 'Magic Eye' images can actually help improve your vision. They even talk about it on their site here.

I can't say that's true for everyone, but I can share my story with you. I need to wear glasses because of my near-sightedness and my left eye is worse than my right eye. I don't have horrible vision, but I certainly need my glasses to drive. One night I viewed all of the available images on I then went on to do other things and it took me at least two hours to realize I didn't have my glasses on! It dawned on me that I had looked at all of those 'Magic Eye' images without wearing my glasses. The clarity of my vision astounded me as I was seeing things across the room as though I was wearing my glasses! And, that was before I learned about their vision claims.

Though I (sadly) haven't done that since as "life has gotten in the way" (poor excuse), I am convinced that I can really improve my eyesight provided I spend enough time viewing them without my glasses on.

The Many Types of 'Magic Eye'

'Magic Eye' is available in several forms and they have a very large variety of images (which also work in black and white). I personally own several books (which have an amazing amount of pages) and am always looking for new images. They also have posters (as previously mentioned), calendars, and they even do custom company logos as described on their website at And though they do have some images on their website, there is a much greater variety in their books!

I hope you'll try 'Magic Eye' out. Even if it doesn't improve your vision, it'll be a lot of fun! You can even use the books and to have some fun at parties!

If you have dived into the world of 'Magic Eye', I'd love to hear your comments below!

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      Moon Willow Lake 7 years ago

      You are welcome PaperNotes! Thanks for checking it out!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      It is the first time I have read about the Magic Eye. It sure is interesting. Thanks.

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      Moon Willow Lake 7 years ago

      Crewman6: I am glad you have enjoyed the world of 'Magic Eye'! I used to struggle as well and with practice, it became a lot easier for me. I hope it becomes easier for you too. Enjoy!

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      Crewman6 7 years ago

      I love these images! I'm one of the stubborn ones that have to struggle with each picture, but if i stick with it, they usually appear for me. Thanks for bringing back good times for me!

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      Moon Willow Lake 7 years ago

      Thank-you kashmir56! I think they are really easy to get hooked on too - once I start it's so hard to stop!

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I really love those Magic Eye 3D pictures, they are so cool!

      Great hub!!!

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      Moon Willow Lake 7 years ago

      arthurchappell: Ah, but I remember what that was like! I'll provide to you the tricks that finally worked for me (after enough practice). Place two stars (or dots) about an inch apart on an otherwise blank piece of paper. You'll want to have them as identical as possible to each other and make sure they are as even as possible.

      Now, start to look at the stars or dots almost is if you were crossing your eyes, but not quite crossing your eyes. You'll know you have it when you suddenly see 3 stars or dots (the middle being the most predominant). Once you get used to this feeling (I recommend practicing a lot), then recreate that feeling you are now familiar with from practice on an actual 'Magic Eye' image. I hope that works for you as it sure did for me!

      And if your brain starts to "fight" with you about it, just relax, don't try to control it, and just let it happen. If it starts out blurry, that's OK because with enough practice, it will become clear.

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      arthurchappell 7 years ago from Manchester, England

      I never get Magic Eye pictures - follow all the instructions - just never see the images others get so easily