Toysmith 3-D Mirascope, 6"
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- The mirascope takes small objects and uses an optical illusion to create a 3D holographic projection.
- The mirascope includes a plastic frog to display and complete instructions for use.
- Objects can be changed easily for a variety of incredible effects.
- The mirascope makes a great conversation piece, and is perfectly sized for a desk or table top.
- Recommended for ages 8 years and up.
- Challenge your children's imaginations and keep them active with Toysmith.
- Committed to providing the most imaginative toys along with the highest safety standards, Toysmith has toys appropriate for all age groups.
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Transform ordinary objects into awesome holograms with the Toysmith 3-D Mirascope. The mirascope takes small objects and uses an optical illusion to create a 3D holographic projection. The mirascope includes a plastic frog to display and complete instructions for use. Objects can be changed easily for a variety of incredible effects. The mirascope makes a great conversation piece, and is perfectly sized for a desk or table top. Recommended for ages 8 years and up. An optical illusion, the 3-D Mirascope creates a holographic that looks real. Try and touch your object, your fingers seem to go right through it. Change the objects for the same incredible effect. Ages 8 and up.
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It's a very simple plastic shell with silver mirrored inside. It's about 6" across, comes with the plastic stop, bottom and small stand.
It's Fun to show kids and watch them freak out when they try and pick up the frog. My 4 year old could not figure out what was going on and the look on his face was priceless. Getting the angle just right with the item and the viewer is important, but it's amazing little illusion.
The mirrored plastic interior does scratch very easy even when you clean it with a soft cloth so be careful.
The small size of this mirascope does greatly limit you on the size of objects that can be effectively imaged by it. The small frog works well for the most part, its upright pose lending to the three-dimensionality of the reflected image but also positioning the head of the frog high enough that from some viewing angles, the full body cannot be reflected. For the photos provided, I positioned my camera at what seemed the best angle of view, finding that to be about 55° from the horizontal plane of the mirascope top. Overall however, perhaps the very best result was obtained with what I've seen most often depicted in images of the Mirage - a penny. The depth of the penny is enough to lend some 3D relief to the image but the penny is short enough that it greatly expands the viewing angles from which the penny can be effectively viewed and indeed appear as if resting atop the mirascope. The diameter of a penny also seems optimum, in that the penny still appears realistically flat. Trying a larger coin, the result was that the coin appeared bowed rather than flat. Using something such as a penny would allow passersby to more quickly notice the realism of the resulting reflected image whereas the frog would need a more precise angle of view to appreciate.
The image of the mirascope as depicted in the description is highly misleading; at no time does any part of the imaged item extend above the surface of the mirascope in the way it is shown. That product photo probably has the actual plastic frog sitting upon something to elevate it above the opening in the top. It is impossible to achieve such an image with a mirascope. The image formed by a mirascope is a reflection upon the interior parabolic mirror surface, thus that surface must appear as the background to the image relative to your viewing angle. Similarly, if you try and poke your finger "through" the imaged object, you cannot. Instead, as your finger is actually in front of the reflection, you will simply block that part of the reflected image. This is shown in the provided photos where I extend a red plastic rod inside the well of the mirascope - The rod does not go through the penny but instead just obscures it.
For the price, I'd say this is one of the more effective illusions one can find, and it does invite exploring what objects can be imaged the best. The real limiting factor is the small size of this mirascope; while lending itself well to being displayed on a table without needing a lot of space, a larger mirascope would be more "fun" to play with, especially if the mirrored surfaces tolerate a bit of abuse from touching, cleaning, etc. Needless to say, a larger mirascope built of high quality materials and optics could become rather pricey.
Seems the plastic mirror scratches easily, so need to be careful setting it up, also not very stable.
For what I paid I got exactly what I expected and wanted: something to sit on my desk at work as an occasional conversation piece.
I work in the finance industry, so a few coins stuck (little bit of glue) around the top with a AU$2 coin inside the device, appears to be sitting amongst the other coins, but cannot be picked up :)