These four well made coasters are examples of ‘pipitis’. This is the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians. In fact, this was a raffle prize in 2014! Made for Boyz Toys, a company which is apparently no longer trading in 2021.

This is a fun application of a well known optical illusion. If you spin the disc clockwise on a table and look at its centre for around 20 seconds, and then look at the bunny sitting nearby, the bunny will appear to increase in size. Spinning the disc anti-clockwise will make the bunny look smaller. Made in China for Worldwide co, 3 Warple Way, London.

Inside the black dome are two parabolic mirrors which create a floating, 3D optical illusion of anything placed inside the Mirascope. The illusion is very powerful, although it is sensitive to angles. Made in China for TOBAR, Beccles, England. www.tobar.co.uk.

This special plastic sheet shows two optical illusions. Firstly, the concentric circles in the middle look anything but concentric. Secondly, the flat mat appears to be printed as a 3D mat: the 30mm border around the edges of the mat seem closest to the viewer, then comes the circular design in the centre of the mat, and further away still is the rest of the mat. It’s all very confusing! The concept is Copyright Paul Baars Design, Amsterdam. There are four place mats in this series – see also N2236, N2237 and N2238.

This special plastic sheet shows two optical illusions. Firstly, if you stare at the small cross in the centre, and move the mat towards and away from you, the circles appear to move in opposite directions. Secondly, the flat mat appears to be printed as a 3D mat: the 30mm border around the edges of the mat seem closest to the viewer, then comes the circular design in the centre of the mat, and further away still is the rest of the mat. It’s all very confusing! The concept is Copyright Paul Baars Design, Amsterdam. There are four place mats in this series – see also N2236, N2237 and N2239.

This special plastic sheet shows two optical illusions. Firstly, the large square in the centre appears to have four bent edges. Secondly, the flat mat appears to be printed as a 3D mat: the 30mm border around the edges of the mat seem closest to the viewer, then comes the circular design in the centre of the mat, and further away still is the rest of the mat. It’s all very confusing! The concept is Copyright Paul Baars Design, Amsterdam. There are four place mats in this series – see also N2236, N2238 and N2239.

This special plastic sheet shows two optical illusions. Firstly, the central disc seems to move when you alter your position. Secondly, the flat mat appears to be printed as a 3D mat: the 30mm border around the edges of the mat seem closest to the viewer, then comes the circular design in the centre of the mat, and further away still is the rest of the mat. It’s all very confusing! The concept is Copyright Paul Baars Design, Amsterdam. There are four place mats in this series – see also N2237, N2238 and N2239.

This is a most unusual 3D kaleidoscope with a triangular obelisk shape. Although in the photograph the outer surface appears to be blue, this is merely a refection of the background – both inside and outside of the obelisk are mirrored. At the tapered end of the obleisk is a glass ball, visible at the top of the photograph, and inside is a small ball that can roll up and down the length of the tube. The straight lines which are visible when you look down the length of the obelisk towards the tapered end (see the photograph) are created by narrow gaps in the mirrors on the side walls at one third and two thirds of the length. All these features go towards creating the amazing optical effects. Manufactured by www.brilliantadventures.com. Design Copyright N.L.J. Moore.