I recently saw something like this on a science show that my son and husband were watching. I went straight to the internet to do some research and see if I could find out how to do it.
The dragon illusion has a label of “Gathering for Gardner”. Martin Gardner, is the recreational mathematician and writer of Scientific American fame; he is known as one of the greatest popularizers of math, and puzzles ever! He was one that was also a large part of the Conway’s Game of Life cellular automaton craze. Gardner really loved optical illusions, so a piece like this fit him well.
The dragon illusion, is definitely a play on the eyes, and was pretty fun to make. All I did was print out one of the sheets that I found on “Instructables” and started cutting, taping and folding.
Here are two options for the dragon – click to download the one you want:
After you have printed it out, you just have to follow the directions, to cut it out and assemble it. It was pretty easy to do, just some scissors, a bit of tape and time. It’s definitely one that if you set in a room, people will think that someone is following them, since the eyes go wherever you do!
Here’s how it turned out (forgive the bumpiness, trying to make it so that you could see it right):