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illusion

1. Psychol a perception that is not true to reality, having been altered subjectively in some way in the mind of the perceiver
2. a very fine gauze or tulle used for trimmings, veils, etc.

illusion

[ə′lü·zhən]
(psychology)
A false interpretation of a real sensation; a perception that misinterprets the object perceived.

Illusion

Barmecide feast
imaginary feast served t0 beggar by prince. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]
Emperor’s New Clothes
supposedly invisible to unworthy people; in reality, nonexistent. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Fata Morgana
esp. in the Straits of Messina: named for Morgan le Fay. [Ital. Folklore: Espy, 14]
George and Martha
as an imaginary compensation for their childlessness, pretend they have a son, who would now be twenty-one. [Am. Drama: Edward Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in On Stage, 447]
Glass Menagerie, The
drama of St. Louis family escaping reality through illusion (1945). [Am. Lit.: The Glass Menagerie, Magill III, 418–420]
Herbert, Niel
Mrs. Forrester’s affairs destroyed his image of her. [Am. Lit.: A Lost Lady]
Hudibras
English Don Quixote; opponent of repressive laws. [Br. Lit.: Hudibras, Espy, 204]
Marshland, Jinny
saw philanderer Brad Criley as true lover. [Am. Lit.: Cass Timberlane]
mirage
something illusory, such as an imaginary tree and pond in the midst of a desert. [Pop. Usage: Misc.]
Mitty, Walter
imagines self in brilliant and heroic roles. [Am. Lit.: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in Cartwell, 606–610]
Quixote, Don
attacks windmills thinking them giants. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
Snoopy
imaginative dog. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 542–543]
Xanadu
place appearing in Coleridge’s dream; where Kubla Khan “did/A stately pleasure-dome decree.” [Br. Lit.: “Kubla Khan” in Payton, 744]
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The illusions include a seemingly 'breathing square', which appears to get larger and smaller as it turns, as well as the 'Pac-Man illusion', in which a flashing circle of red dots appears to disappear the longer you stare at it, reports theMirror.
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The Museum of Illusions is the world's fastest growing museum chain in the world, and the new Dubai museum is the largest one yet -- housing 80 exhibits and interactive attractions designed to blow your mind.
On the walls are various optical illusions such as the Black Dot illusion, where visitors would have to stare at something for 30 seconds to see things shrink and disappear.
Scientists who looked into this illusion have shown that the phenomenon occurs in English, German and Mandarin speakers and regions in the brain that process music fire when a phrase is perceived as a song, but nobody has been able to explain as to why this illusion occurs in the first place.
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Fresh from its record-breaking success in London's West End, IMPOSSIBLE has been hailed by critics as 'the Hottest Act in Town' (Daily Mail) for giving 'variety, illusion and magic a brilliant, fresh spin' (The Stage).
Scholars of literature and visual arts present 15 essays from the 2015 Prague Interpretive Colloquium, which was dedicated to the theory of aesthetic illusion as an influential concept of immersive effect in literature and the arts.
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