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The Famous Frankfurter Experiment

The Famous Frankfurter Experiment demonstrates exactly how the eyes are used during parallel-viewing (Magic Eye 3D viewing). If this experiment is successful, you'll see a miniature frankfurter floating in the air as pictured above. Wow.
  • You need to look into the distance for this, so turn away from the computer monitor.
  • Pick a specific object in the distance. Aim your eyes at that target.
  • While looking at that distant target, bring your index fingers, tips touching, up in front of your eyes and into your line of sight.
  • While still aiming your eyes at the distant target, calmly notice that a mini-frank has appeared between the tips of your fingers. Do not allow the awesome beauty of the mini-frank to distract you and cause you to aim your eyes directly at it. Continue to aim your eyes into the distance at your target.
  • Pull the tips of your fingers apart slightly and observe the frankfurter floating in the air.
  • Wiggle your fingers and watch the mini-frank dance.

Remember how your eyes feel while performing this depth-defying frankfurter feat and you can apply the same skills to 3D viewing.



More Tips on Parallel-Viewing: Looking Through A Solid Object

To do parallel-viewing, you must aim your eyes through the image and into the distance. The problem is there's a solid object in the way -- a computer monitor or a book or something! How do you look through a solid object?! Well, generally, we look directly at what we want to see and leave the X-ray vision to Superman. In this case, we've got to develop our own superpowers.
Suggestion: imagine you are looking through a window. See illustration below.





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