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Previous optical Illusion of the Month (June-July 2007)

by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber


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'What's wrong with this picture' challenge

Where you bean?
Find a child in the pile of coffee beans!
(time allowed: 2 minutes)

where you bean?

source: Eye Tricks, ISBN 1844427773



solutionThe child is situated within the coordinates 3D. This kind of puzzle is called a hidden-figure puzzle. Generally they consist of a single image accompanied by a caption. The text, one or two lines long, introduces the image and indicates the object(s) to be found in the drawing. The image should then be turned in every direction to find the hiding place of the subject. The most famous hidden-figure puzzle books are the "Where's Waldo" series by Martin Handford.

The lost object
Such kind of puzzles were popular in France in the latter half of the 1800's and in the early 1900's. They were called "images d'Epinal" and were given to children by grocers as a premium gift. At that time, children were delighted when they found the latent image hidden in the manifest image. This mental process is related to the concept of the 'lost object' used in psychoanalysis. Finding the objects "is just a process of retrieving something that is already there", asserted Freud.

- G. Sarcone

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