What's the history of anamorphosis?
The Chinese Invented it! Leonardo daVinci Loved it!
Spies Snatched it Up! We Rock it!
Did you know that morphing is actually an ancient optical illusion trick? More than 500 years ago, about the same time Columbus was crossing the ocean, in China a special mirror device was created that came to be called an “an-a-morph-o-scope”. The astonishing invention was then presented to Sultan Ahmed I of Constantinople, and from there it was brought to the attention of Leonardo da Vinci and other Italian Renaissance artists.
Love at first sight
In the 1550′s, Renaissance artists were just figuring out how to create the illusion of depth – 3-D – on a flat 2-D canvas. They were entranced by the anamorphoscope’s astonishing visual magic. Spies of the time were also smitten and they grabbed the concept as an excellent way to disguise dangerous messages. (Pssst … You need the right size mirror with the proper curve to decode the morphed images.)
Carefully guarded secrets
The secret method for creating morph pictures and the secret formula for making bright glass mirrors (mirrors were all rather dark until then) were very well protected. In fact, the formula for bright mirrors was so valuable to the glass makers of Italy, that stealing it or taking even a tiny piece of broken mirror was punishable by death. Really!
The technology for making bright mirrors eventually developed in other countries, and for the next three centuries anamorphoscopes were the “ooh and ahh” toy in Europe and the Orient!
We figured it out!
Over the years, anamorphic art became a forgotten, obscure technique, but OOZ & OZ rediscovered its high tech & low tech secrets and developed software to morph any image to share with you in timeless new Morph-O-Scopes cartoon coloring pages, toys, art activities and party fun! Unique, awesome, brain-tickling, rockin’, award-winning best toys, cool games and eye hand coordination challenges in art, perception, and reasoning. No hype! Seriously!
Total OOZ & OZ! That’s how we earned our name!
How do I assemble a mirror decoder?
There are two types of Mirror Decoders. Both types assemble in just seconds!
1. CURL the mirror into a cup shape
2. OVERLAP the sides
3. HOOK them together. Ta Da!
1. CURL the mirror into a cup shape
2. MOISTEN along one straight edge
3. OVERLAP the other straight edge 1/4"
A bit of physics magic here! There is no adhesive on the mirror. The moistened mirror wants to cling to itself. And that makes it so easy to reposition!
TO STORE THE MIRRORS gently peel back the overlapped edges, wipe both edges dry, and lay mirrors flat.
Are the mirror decoders and crayons child-safe?
All Morph-O-Scopes Kits, Packets, and Party Fun Packs components meet or exceed the highest US toy safety standards. OOZ & OZ products are manufactured entirely in the United States and have always been totally child-safe.
SARGENT ART: MSDS Safety Data Sheet
Is custom morphing available?
Need a WOW? Maybe laugh-out-loud warped heads of your friends (or your boss), or your bar mitzvah boy? Looking for unique, interactive ice-breakers? Need an engaging premium for your young restaurant customer? Want a riveting tabletop keeper for your marketing campaign? Or a positively eye-catching commercial display? We can do that for you. From photos or art. In black and white or full color. Any size. Mirror reflectors from cup-size to architectural column.
One of our clients had us morph his company logo and enlarge it to create a sensational lobby installation that reflects in the mirrored base of his receptionist’s desk.
Contact us and we'll be happy to discuss the possibilities.
Do you have an affiliate program?
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