The definition of a traditional optical illusion is any sort of visual information that seemingly defies physics, boggles the mind, or transforms from the expected to the unexpected. Vine puts a spin on that, since the posts can be either regular videos or stop-motion animations, and the limitations of the smartphone camera (as well as the inability to edit the clips) often force creators into entirely new areas. And of course, Vine’s looping feature is a key factor in turning what would have otherwise been just an interesting video into something much richer.
Above is Gadget Lab’s personal favorite, “Infinite Falling Stick Man” by Vine user Guy Savioli. Kudos, Guy, you’ve got a real talent for stop-motion animation and exploiting the looping feature to its fullest.
You can check out some other excellent submissions below.
In order to be considered, the Vine had to be a new video that you posted yourself after we announced the contest and include the #WiredOpticalIllusion hashtag. A few of you guys tagged older Vines with the hashtag, and although they were great, they could not be considered.