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  • n. An autostereogram.

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  • n. a transducer used to detect and measure light and other radiations


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From the Magic Eye books featuring autostereograms, first released in 1993, now become a genericized trademark.


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  • There should be a law that says you can't define a word using a more obscure word.

    February 24, 2016

  • I thought of those magic eye pictures, the disturbing moment when three dimensions shiver out of two. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 30, 2012

  • Magic Eye is a series of books published by N.E. Thing Enterprises (Renamed in 1996 to Magic Eye Inc.). The books feature autostereograms, which allow people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. The viewer must diverge his or her eyes in order to see a hidden three-dimensional image within the pattern. "Magic Eye" has become somewhat of a genericized trademark, often used to refer to autostereograms of any origin.

    The Magic Eye images have a horizontally repeating pattern which differs slightly with each repetition, therefore giving the illusion of depth when each eye focuses on a different part of the pattern. The stereograms were created using a patented process that allows colorful patterns to be used in creating the final images.


    February 24, 2008