Motor oil on pancakes - The tricks used to photograph food

To make them look good, they'll pour on anything.

Food spoils fast when it's enduring a photographer's long shoot under hot lights. Here are some food styling tricks of the trade for keeping that meal looking fresh when it needs to look its best.

The dirty tricks of food photographers - Fancy some motor oil, spray deodorant and and shoe polish with your dinner? Pixiq>>

Quick! Take this pill right now!

Sensational! A genuine doctor's stethoscope

Doctors wearing white coats and stethoscopes knocked on houses in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. The doctors told residents they were screening for high blood pressure and that here are some pills that should be swallowed. Almost 90% of the residents complied.

The doctors were actually policemen, and the pills were fake. The police were trying to warn residents not to fall for the scam, which had been used by gangs to give out sedatives that knocked out the residents, who then had their houses robbed.

Many studies have shown that doctors are the most trusted professionals, so the gangs were correct in using a doctor to deceive people and get them to obey.

- Police dress up as doctors to test citizens, Reuters>>
- Thanks to Polite Dissent for the Stethoscope ad>>

Bugs Bunny deceives an unlucky gambler

 Gambler Steve Brodie tries to get some good luck from 
Bugs Bunny in the 1949 cartoon "Bowery Bugs." 
Mr. Brodie's luck does not improve.

Bugs Bunny disguises himself as a fortune teller Swami, a good luck charm, an innocent woman, an employee of Grandma's Happy Home Bakery and a policeman... gets a man beaten and baked into a pie...  makes him think the whole world has turned into rabbits... and drives him to a suicide leap off a bridge.

Don't mess with the rabbit.

Bowery Bugs

A man was happiest when deceived by his wife

She said: “What can I do? I am so fond 
of jewelry. It is my only weakness. 
We cannot change our natures.”

Mr. Lantin was madly in love with his wife. But what was it about her false gems?

The story called The False Gems was written by Guy de Maupassant, one of the greatest short story writers in history. In it, Mr. Lantin discovers he didn't want to know the truth. It delivers a strong jolt.

(You may not want to read it because it seems long, but it has less words than three typical Paul Krugman op-ed columns.)

The False Gems

M. LANTIN had met the young woman at a soirée, at the home of the assistant chief of his bureau, and at first sight had fallen madly in love with her.

She was the daughter of a country physician who had died some months previously. She had come to live in Paris, with her mother, who visited much among her acquaintances, in the hope of making a favorable marriage for her daughter. They were poor and honest, quiet and unaffected.

The young girl was a perfect type of the virtuous woman whom every sensible young man dreams of one day winning for life. Her simple beauty had the charm of angelic modesty, and the imperceptible smile which constantly hovered about her lips seemed to be the reflection of a pure and lovely soul. Her praises resounded on every side. People were never tired of saying: “Happy the man who wins her love! He could not find a better wife.”

Now M. Lantin enjoyed a snug little income of $700, and, thinking he could safely assume the responsibilities of matrimony, proposed to this model young girl and was accepted.

He was unspeakably happy with her; she governed his household so cleverly and economically that they seemed to live in luxury. She lavished the most delicate attentions on her husband, coaxed and fondled him, and the charm of her presence was so great that six years after their marriage M. Lantin discovered that he loved his wife even more than during the first days of their honeymoon.

Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out - optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue Webster

Dirty White Trash (With Gulls) 1998
Six months' worth of the artists' trash 
creates their silhouettes.
(Click to enlarge)

These three deceptive works were created by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.
"Carefully assembling seemingly random formations of ordinary junk or taxidermic animals and then lighting them from just the right angle, the artists achieve virtuoso likenesses in the resulting shadows. In some of the works, the shadows depict lighthearted, kitschy, or even romantic scenes that contrast sharply with the vulgar materials that create them..."

- Guggenheim Museum

Kiss of Death, 2003
An homage to the Tower of London, 
the artist's heads are impaled on stakes.
(Click to enlarge) 

The Crack, 2004, a view in daylight.
It looks like an assemblage of junk 
without the correct lighting.
(Click to enlarge) 

The Crack, 2004, a view in spotlight.
The junk is revealed: a portrait of the artists.
(Click to enlarge)

- The Emblem of Earthly Vanities, Tate Etc>>
- Guggenheim Online Collection>>
- Guggenheim bio>>
- The Crack, Artnet>>

The blind boy with deceptive superpowers

Matthew Weigman as a little boy

From an article originally published in Rolling Stone:
Like a comic-book villain transformed by a tragic accident, Weigman discovered at an early age that his acute hearing gave him superpowers on the telephone. He could impersonate any voice, memorize phone numbers by the sound of the buttons and decipher the inner workings of a phone system by the frequencies and clicks on a call, which he refers to as "songs." The knowledge enabled him to hack into cellphones, order phone lines disconnected and even tap home phones. "Man, it felt pretty powerful for a little kid," he says. "Anyone said something bad about me, and I'd press a button, and I'd get them."

But in the end, those close to Weigman feared that his gift would prove to be his downfall. "Matt never intended on becoming the person he became," says Jeff Daniels, a former phreaker who befriended Weigman on a chat line. "When you're a blind little tubby bald kid in a broke-ass family, and you have that one ability to make yourself feel good, what do you expect to happen?" Read the complete article, at writer David Kuchner's site>>

 Matt Weigman as an older boy

After you read the above story, read this:
Weigman’s current case began in April, the month he reached adulthood. William Smith, a Verizon security investigator who’d been monitoring Weigman’s hacking and phoning in updates to the FBI, noticed that Weigman had used the name and identifying information of a Texas woman to turn on phone service at the East Boston apartment he shared with his mother and siblings. Read more, at Wired>>
- The Boy Who Heard Too Much, David Kushner (written for Rolling Stone)>>
- Blind Hacker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison, Wired>>
- O Garoto que Ouvia Demais, Arte e Mundo Digital>>

A deceptively normal day

Thomas Becker and Sebastian Stahlhofen
took a lot of time to create a normal day.

A Normal Day

The video was created by Thomas Becker and Sebastian Stahlhofen, two German students who are Patience Productions.
"...We first came up with (the) idea for "A Normal Day" at the beginning of 2006. Since then, we produced three videos in the "A Normal Day" series and have turned the project into a hobby. To perform the tricks, it takes a great deal of creativity and skills. Therefore we do not claim to master the tricks at all times. Instead, we'd like to show that impossible tricks are still possible to perform."
Patience Productions>>

Full Tilt Go Fish!

Poker shutdown

The U.S. government shut down various online poker operators, charging them with operating illegal gambling businesses and laundering money, saying the poker companies disguised the payments from players as payments to online merchants. Luckily, the company advertising above can help.

Banner ad stolen from Ironic Times>>
U.S. Government Moves To Shut Down World’s Biggest Online Poker Companies, Nathan Vardi, The Jungle, Forbes>>

Political sticker prank turns bikes into anti-corporate roving billboards

Corporate-sponsored bikes in London

The UK bank Barclays paid £25 million ($39 million) to sponsor a London bike-rental program, and adorned thousands of bike with its blue logo. But just like corporate billboards, the bikes are not immune to anti-corporate sentiment (and banks are currently not a favorite) as shown by this alteration, stuck to a bike in a guerrilla sticker campaign.

 Barclays does not, ahem, care about you

- Found thanks to The Art of the Prank>>
- Culture Jamming ...without Consent, Experience Project>>
- Guerilla Sticker Campaign Sticks It to Barclays on London's Rental Bikes, Treehugger>>
- Barclays Cycle Hire, Wikipedia>>

A realistic fake stone statue costume from the Dr. Who TV episode "Blink"

The weeping angel from Dr. Who

One of the scariest episodes of the Dr. Who television series was called "Blink." The villains were aliens who looked like stone angel statues, and they only moved when you weren't looking at them, so you couldn't blink or they'd get you.

A replica of the TV statue

A woman with the screen name "penwiper" decided to make and wear a weeping angel costume for her 2008 visit to the fantasy/science fiction convention DragonCon. Her costume was so realistically stone-like that she fooled many people into thinking it was not a costume.

She did not frighten little children.

I think the cleverest part were her hands and arms, created from a pair of ladies' opaque tights. She cut and sewed them into gloves, painted them, and applied fake fingernails, which was much easier than applying makeup.

The weeping angel gloves, in their flaccid state.

The weeping angel glove

The weeping angel glove, showing the seams

This is what happened if you blinked 
during the Dr. Who episode.

This is what happened if you blinked 
during the convention.

- Doctor Who 'Blink' weeping angel costume, the RPF (a site devoted to props, costumes and models)>>
- Dr. Who "Blink" episode explained on Wikipedia>>

8 ways to steal from your job

Follow these 8 principles and 
you too can gain the green.

Principle 1 - If you're going to steal, get close to the money. Much fraud happens in the accounting or finance departments.
We'll take one woman's story as an example. April Leigh Mathews, age 40, was hired as an office manager in Idaho.
Principle 2 - Defraud the devout. Because they look for and believe in the best instincts in people, they won't be as suspicious.
Mrs. Mathews was hired by a couple who ran The Luke Commission, a faith-based charitable organization. Dr. Harry VanderWal and his wife, Echo, are a young religious couple who've been providing the people of Swaziland in southern Africa with healthcare services, especially fighting AIDS, since 2004.
Principle 3 - Your victims easily confuse proximity with trust. They may think that because they're close to you for a long time, they know your heart, and your intentions.
Echo VanderWal trained Mrs. Mathews as an office manager for almost 10 months.
Principle 4 - Learn the financial or accounting systems used. Most systems have a weakness, especially in small businesses and charities.
Mrs. Mathews likely put her 10 months of training to good use.
Principle 5 - Find an employer who's an "absentee boss" - one who leaves you alone so your fraudulent activities will be harder to spot.
The couple and their children traveled to Swaziland for their charitable work.
Principle 6 - The meat and potatoes of fraud. Here's where the money starts rolling in. These are your tactics:
  1. Contact the company's webmaster and reactivate an old email address. That way, you can use that address so any emails will be sent only to you.
  2. Open multiple credit card accounts in your name on the business owner's credit card account. Be sure to change phone numbers and postal addresses on any accounts you've opened in your name.
  3. Purchase items you need or want using the company credit cards.
  4. Forge the business owner's signature on checks, which you then divert to yourself or your family. To cover those checks, get cash advances from the credit cards.
  5. If you have responsibility for your own paycheck (and you should), overpay yourself.
  6. Hire your own company to do work for the business and overcharge or charge for work that was not done. (Mrs. Mathews and her husband owned a company called Planet Golf & Landscaping.)
Principle 7 - Have an exit strategy. Here's where most scammers get caught. Eventually, there's not enough money where there should be, and scrutiny will occur.
Mrs. Mathews did not follow this principle. She was caught, must repay $109,486, spend 15 months in federal prison, and after her release undergo five years of supervised probation.
Principle 8 - Make sure your victims can forgive you.
This is a corollary to Principle 2. If you get caught, defrauding the devout will prevent you from a worse punishment because they'll be more willing to forgive. Defrauding organized crime, for instance, is not a good strategy.
- Woman pleads guilty to making false statements in credit card applications, US District Attorney's Office, District of Idaho>>
- Mathews sentenced in TLC embezzlement case, Bonner County Daily Bee>>
- The Luke Commission>>

When sex can kill, here's how these bugs cope

These insects use a spermalege to deceive 
the male's "horribly sharp little penis."

African bat bugs try to fool each other to avoid painful mating rituals. From the book Wicked Bugs:
...All species of bat bugs participate in a form of lovemaking called traumatic insemination, in which the male bypasses the female’s vagina altogether and pierces her abdomen with his horribly sharp little penis. The sperm goes straight into the bloodstream, where some of it makes its way to her reproductive organs and the rest is simply absorbed and eliminated.

This is not at all an agreeable arrangement for female bat bugs. In laboratories, colonies of bat bugs quickly go extinct because the females simply cannot escape the painful and destructive attentions of the males long enough to heal and safely give birth. To get around this problem, the female of one subspecies, the African Afrocimex constrictus, developed an entirely new receptacle called a spermalege that is designed to redirect the male’s repeated stabbings to one particular location in the abdomen where they can be more easily accommodated.

To further complicate matters, amorous males will also pierce the bodies of male bat bugs. The males, being even more displeased by this behavior than the females, have developed tougher versions of the spermalege in the hopes of protecting themselves against their sex-crazed brethren. This has worked so well that females have taken notice. They are beginning to copy the males, imitating the sturdier version of this false genitalia that the females invented in the first place. This extraordinary case of females-imitating-males-imitating-females has resulted in what one befuddled scientist called “a hotbed of deception” in the twisted world of bat bug romance.
- Listen to the story (or read one) on NPR's Fresh Air from WHYY (20 minutes)>>
- The excerpt is from Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart

The sound illusions of Walt Disney theme parks

Disney wants to give you sound, but nobody likes 
to see speakers, so that window above you
is a speaker in disguise.

Here's an 11-minute video from the SoundWorks Collection that shows the Walt Disney Imagineers at work creating deceptive sound illusions for their theme parks.

They explain that mixing sound into an attraction is different than mixing sound for a movie - in a movie, your audience is static and your image is moving, but in a theme park attraction, your audience is moving and your sound must fool them as they move.

The video includes: how to hide speakers in theme parks, Jimmy McDonald - a legendary sound man, creating fire from bamboo sticks, how a brake drum becomes Peter Pan's clarion bells, the marching ants machine, squeaky doors, croak cans for frogs, mosquitoes made from dental dam and surgical tubing, shammy cloth birds and more.

Soundworks Collection: Walt Disney Imagineers

Soundworks Collection: Walt Disney Imagineers from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.
(NOTE - If the video's running slow, click on HD to turn off High Definition.)

"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it..."

The Cook, the Miller, and the Wife of Bath
"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do."
This quote is by poet and artist William Blake (1757 - 1827), from a public address intended to accompany his engraving of the Canterbury Pilgrimage. The image is cropped from his 1810 engraving Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims.

- William Blake, Wikipedia>>
- Complete version of the engraving The Canterbury Pilgrims by William Blake>>
- Source of quote: Life of William Blake, "Pictor ignotus".: With selections from his poems and ...By Alexander Gilchrist, Anne Burrows Gilchrist, Google Books>>

10 magical floating faucet illusions

These magical floating faucet tap optical illusions can be 
found all over the world. This one's at Aqualand 
in Puerto de Santa María, Spain.

A temporary magic tap was installed at the 
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London, UK.

Many "Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums" have these illusions. 
This one's at the Ripley Museum in Ocean City, Maryland.

Here's a magic floating water fountain 
sculpture in Olivenza, Spain.

 This large fountain is in Santa Galdana, Menorca, Spain.

Here's a video from a trade show.

Magic Water Faucet

Another video, taken at the Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.

Magic Tap

You can also buy one for your home.

If you don't like water, here's one with fake beer. 
It also lights up so you can use it as a nightlight.

If you want to be completely disillusioned, take a look at this video used to sell the "Floating Faucet Fountains (Item: 242-090)" on the Home Shopping Network. (Sorry, disillusionment is not available, since the video was removed by the user. I removed the link.)

I found many of these images from a discussion here: Magical Floating Water Taps, Google Earth Community Forums>>

Fake attorney? Just another one of his deceptions

Let's see, which one is his fake attorney face?

Thomas J. Lyon was a 28-year-old man who pretended to be a lawyer in Wisconsin. While he was on parole from crimes in Minnesota (grand larceny, stalking and false imprisonment), he used the State Bar number of another attorney (the similarly named Thomas J. Lyons) and gathered legal clients with a web site. He bragged to his office manager that he was just like that con man Frank Abignale depicted in the movie "Catch Me if You Can."

He had his clients sign waivers saying he was acting as their "attorney-in-fact," and not their "attorney at law." An attorney-in-fact is similar to someone who is granted a "power of attorney" and does not need to have any legal training or qualifications. This fine distinction did not save him.

Mr. Lyon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for practicing law without a license, theft, misappropriating an identity to obtain money, and forgery.

Mr. Lyon likely made some sort of deal, since court documents also said he was operating an escort service as a front for prostitution. He found prostitutes by advertising for "lingerie models." His secretary said she was also working for him as a prostitute.

Mr. Lyon apologized, and said he would become a truck driver and pastor when he gets out of jail.

- Phony lawyer sentenced to 2½ years in prison - Bogus attorney engaged in forgery, theft and bad legal advice, JSOnline>>
- Milwaukee's accused "Catch Me If You Can" fake attorney has Batavia roots, The Batavian Online News>>

Some illustrated pranks for your pleasure

The Cream Cheese / Deodorant prank exploits the 
similarity of cream cheese to stick deodorant.

Prankked is a website detailing a number of simple pranks. Includes step-by-step photo illustrations. Pranks include:
  • The Oreo prank - Replacing the creamy white Oreo filling with white toothpaste.
  • Diet Coke / Mentos Prank - Rigging a bottle of Diet Coke so it foams when your victim opens it.
  • The Caramel Apple-Onion prank - Instead of coating an apple with caramel, coating an onion.

Create fake advertising with the touch of a button

Real is real.

Alexis Lloyd created a fake ad generator that randomly combines words from advertising and photos from Flickr. It's addictive.
"The ad generator is a generative artwork that explores how advertising uses and manipulates language. Words and semantic structures from real corporate slogans are remixed and randomized to generate invented slogans. These slogans are then paired with related images from Flickr, thereby generating fake advertisements on the fly. By remixing corporate slogans, I intend to show how the language of advertising is both deeply meaningful, in that it represents real cultural values and desires, and yet utterly meaningless in that these ideas have no relationship to the products being sold. In using the Flickr images, the piece explores the relationship between language and image, and how meaning is constructed by the juxtaposition of the two."
Ad generator site>>
Launch the ad generator>>

Can a company prevent counterfeit products from killing mountain climbers?

Products that were counterfeited: 
CROLL ascender (B16), ATTACHE 
locking carabiner (M35 SL), 
ASCENSION handled ascender 
(B17 R) – old, blue right-handed version, 
and RESCUE pulley (P50) – old version.

Petzl is a French company that makes climbing gear. They discovered four counterfeit products made in China that look identical to their real products. Petzl considers the counterfeits to be potentially dangerous. They're taking legal action against the counterfeiters and warning their customers about the fakes.

But if the fakes are so realistic, how can customers protect themselves? Petzl has warned customers and published a decision tree which explains how to tell if a product might be fake. (Does it have a logo? Was it purchased before January 2009? Was it bought at an official dealer?)

Petzl feels the solution is to have customers destroy any products that might be fake, and then, to avoid fakes in the future, to tightly control the distribution of their product by having customers buy Petzl equipment only from a retailer authorized by Petzl.

Warning regarding the presence of counterfeit versions of Petzl products - Update, Petzl>>

Is this magical floating coin video "real?"

It's not computer graphics - the coin really does float and spin. 

Magician Walt Noon performs a floating coin illusion. Do you believe him when he says he isn't using any camera tricks? When we watch this on video, it does look like it's camera trickery such as computer graphics, so it doesn't impress us as much as it should. Some magic tricks look too fake when they're seen on video, so they must be seen live to prove they are magical.

I could tell you that this is not trick photography (and I can tell you, it isn't) but then you'd have to trust me, wouldn't you?

Walt Noon's Levitating Coin Trick

Walt Noon>>

The Man Lock Protects Your Manhole

"The Man Lock by McGuard Protects 
Your Manhole Against Unwanted Access"

You'll find this advertisement for a McGard security product in many online collections of inappropriate or inadvertently pornographic images. It's funny of course because it's outrageous. How could anyone ever approve an ad with such an obvious double meaning? Were those guys idiots? The ad was even shown on an episode of Jay Leno's Tonight Show lampooning funny headlines. What were those marketing guys thinking? How could they let their ad for a very unglamorous product like a manhole security device be made fun of and get so many people to look at it?

A clue might be in their ad for chrome plated lug nuts:

"Life's tough, you need nuts to match."

While the above ad is not as funny, is it possible they have a crafty strategy? Is it possible they planned for their manhole ad to go viral and be made fun of so they could get nationwide exposure?

I think the joke may not be on them.

McGard Innovative Security Products>>

Game creator pranks users

Some of the players using "Garry's Mod" were tricked.

Users of a software game called Garry's Mod were asked by the game creator if they were unable to "'shade polygon normals." Many users posted on the game site's forums that, yes, they weren't able to play the game because they got that pesky error message followed by a number.

Those players were permanently banned from the game site's user forums.

The game creator had modified the game to only show the error message on games that had been pirated. The number was used to identify those who had not paid for the software.

- Garry’s Mod catches pirates the fun way, Gamepron>>
- Garry's Mod (About)>>

The sounds of a 1941 carnival

The World Renowned Strates Shows, 
with a Mile of Midway Mirth,
have America's Finest Midway. 
A poster for the James E. Strates Carnival.

Listen to sounds of the 1941 James E. Strates Carnival. (It's a short ride, less than 5 minutes long.) Sideshow talkers exhort you to see the two-headed baby, a fortune teller reads your life, a human cannonball and then a "moto-maniac" motorcycle rider catalog past injuries, a man wants to guess your weight, and a barker entices you to see the ", spicy, saucy, sizzling, burlesque entertainment."

The Cavalcade of Thrills
"Moto-maniacs, upside-down riders, crazy riders, crazy 
drivers on the walls of death. Passing and re-passing, 
crossing and re-crossing. Where they race, where 
they ride, where they race, ride, and drive. 
High-powered motorcycles on a straight-
up-and-down perpendicular wall."

Listen to sounds of the Strates Carnival at NPR's Morning Edition>>

The 22-year old sexy female hustler

"She's attractive, she's really aggressive, I'm into that."

Read The Hipster Grifter, an article in The New York Observer about a young con-artist named Kari Ferrell:
“...She acts very warm and super-interested in what people have to say,” he recalled. “And she has lots of offers for things. She’s really into music and knows a lot about music. She’ll say, ‘I work at GoldenVoice, I can get you into that show. Anything you want to go to, I can get you on the list.’ We’d go and would end up not being on the list, but somehow we’d end up getting in—she’d just wink at the door guy and we’d get inside. Almost everyone who’s a dude, she’s really super sexually aggressive with—I’ve seen her send text messages to these guys that are really, really explicit, just to lure these dudes in. I guess these guys see that and say, ‘She’s attractive, she’s really aggressive, I’m into that.’ Even with girls, she would meet my friends and be really nice and warm and say she could get them into places—we would go out dancing and have a great time. She always got everyone’s phone number and email and followed up with them.”


“She started depositing all these checks into my account, literally depositing $300, $500, $1,100 at a time,” he said “They keep giving me money whenever I wanted to withdraw. She kept saying she couldn’t use her ATM card, telling me, ‘You cash these checks and give me the money.’ One day I hand them a check for $1,200 and I asked the teller, ‘Are these good? I assume they are, because you guys just keep giving me money and you’re a bank, but can you just check on this?’ And he tells me they’re good.” This went on for about a week and a half, for a total of $10,600, before the bank belatedly realized the checks were written from an account that wasn’t even open.
Rather than a practiced con woman, Ms. Ferrell sounds like a young woman in the grip of mania or some type of pathological liar syndrome.

Ms. Ferrell was a most-wanted fugitive in Salt Lake City.

The Hipster Grifter, The New York Observer>>
The Hipster Grifter, The New York Observer (All on one page)>>

Follow up stories about Ms. Ferrell at The New York Observer>>

The tree stump optical illusion

I found this image at Slightly Warped>>

11 makeup techniques for drag queens

Brandon Moore before his metamorphosis.

Monica Moore

Brandon Ford is a female impersonator who transforms into his alter ego Monica Moore in less than an hour. He says makeup is the most important part of the illusion. Some of his tips:
  1. Apply makeup to create contour.
  2. Pluck, don't wax, your eyebrows.
  3. Use Preparation H on puffy eyes.
  4. Use a powder foundation.
  5. Mist your face with hairspray to prevent runny makeup.
  6. Apply peach-colored blush - it works on all skintones.
  7. Use a lip plumper to plump your lips, instead of lip gloss.
  8. Get laser hair removal for your bearded face.
  9. Thin hair near your forehead? Blend a powder the same shade as your head into your hair to give the illusion of thicker hair.
  10. Create cleavage with bronzer around your chest's pectoral muscle.
  11. Apply self-tanning bronzing cream for thinner legs.
See more tips at: Giving makeup advice is not a drag for female impersonator, Tampa Bay Online>>

Nine fake buildings by artist Han Sungpil

Han Sungpil - Light of Magritte 2009

Artist Hans Sungpil (or Hans Sung-Pil) transforms buildings in two ways - he alters the temporary facades that cover buildings during renovation, or he creates a permanent illusion by painting murals. I can’t easily tell which is which in these photos. Click on any of the photos to enlarge and see the details.

 Han Sungpil - Magical Watermill 2009

 Han Sungpil - Overlapped in Time 2005

 Han Sungpil - Paparazzi 2009

Han Sungpil - Plastic Surgery 2008

 Han Sungpil - Swimming in the Sky 2009

 Han Sungpil - The Ivy Space 2009

Han Sungpil - The Wonderland Circus 2009

 Han Sungpil - Replacement 2006

- Hans Sungpil>>
- Han Sung-Pil at Artfacts>>