# What are Magic Eye books?

## What are Magic Eye books?

Magic Eye I: A New Way of Looking…1993Magic Eye II: Now You See It…1994Magic Eye III: A New Dimension…1994Magic Eye Gallery: A Showing O…1995Magic Eye: A New Bag of Tricks1995Magic Eye Magic Nose: Magicked…1995
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How do Magic Eye books work?

The computer uses a Magic Eye algorithm that takes the image model and the pattern and arranges the repeating patterns to the necessary depth of the hidden image. When someone looks at a Magic Eye, the repeating pattern feeds the brain the depth information encoded into it, and the brain perceives the hidden picture.

### Who invented the Magic Eye?

Cheri Smith and Tom Baccei created the “Magic Eye” brand that contributed to their popular success in the ’90s, but stereograms weren’t new. Their lineage goes back to the 19th-century discovery of stereopsis — the depth information we get from having two eyes spaced slightly apart.

When was Magic Eye invented?

1991
After creating its first images in 1991, creator Tom Baccei worked with Tenyo, a Japanese company that sells magic supplies.

#### How was Magic Eye discovered?

In 1991 computer programmer Tom Baccei and artist Cheri Smith created the first color random-dot autostereograms, later marketed as Magic Eye. A computer procedure that extracts back the hidden geometry out of an autostereogram image was described by Ron Kimmel.

Why do I see Magic Eye inverted?

MOST MAGIC EYE IMAGES are built to be viewed by allowing your eyes to diverge, as if you’re focused on an object more distant than the printed page. If you cross your eyes you’ll also see in 3D, but you will invert the image (see the image inside out).

## How do you read Magic Eye pictures?

Magic Eye 3D Viewing Instructions Very slowly move the image away from your face until the two squares above the image turn into three squares. If you see four squares, move the image farther away from your face until you see three squares. If you see one or two squares, start over!

Does Magic Eye improve vision?

The Magic Eye Books have been helping people’s vision for many years. Here’s what Magic Eye users report: “Ever since I learned that I could use the stereograms from Magic Eye to help with my near-sightedness, I’ve been using them nonstop. They are amazing!”