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Dynamic Amodal Completion Through the Magic Wand Illusion

Tyler, Christopher W ORCID: 0000-0002-1512-4626 (2019). Dynamic Amodal Completion Through the Magic Wand Illusion. I-PERCEPTION, 10(6), article number 2041669519. doi: 10.1177/2041669519895028


In the Magic Wand effect, an overlying figure of the same color as its background is revealed by the motion of a wand behind it. The occluding figure is inferred by integration of the occluding edge information over time. The overlying figure is perceived by modal completion, while the wand and the background underneath are perceived by amodal completion. This illusion is compared with its predecessor from nearly two centuries ago, the Plateau Anorthoscopic Illusion, in which an object is recognizable when moved behind a slit.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2019.This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Publisher Keywords: illusions, amodal completion, perceptual organization, contours/surfaces, motion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Optometry & Visual Sciences
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