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The sheer amazement of a magic trick that fools you or a seemingly futuristic technology is a feeling that stays with you forever. You can’t wait to show it to others, marvelling all over again.

The internet is filled with people from all walks of life. Naturally, the artists, magicians, technologists, and scientists like to use this medium to make you go, “Wow, how’d they do that?”

Here are a few of our favorites, both old and new…

Cassius — The Missing (Web): Control the Couple in a Music Video

Much like radio and television before it, musicians now rely on the internet for popularity. Music videos were once all about creativity and effects. On the internet, it’s about making them interactive, just like all those interactive YouTube games The Top 10 Interactive YouTube Games The Top 10 Interactive YouTube Games Read More . And the latest mind-blowing spectacle comes from Cassius, for their new single The Missing.

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The video starts with a couple in love, and is choreographed and shot exquisitely. But here’s the twist. At any point, you can click on any one of the two actors and he or she will change into a different person, while the video continues along its same merry way.

It’s incredible, as you get to control not the narrative, but the characters in it. The Missing is like nothing we’ve seen before.

Akinator (Web): He Knows What You’re Thinking!

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way Here's Why Scientists Think You Should be Worried about Artificial Intelligence Here's Why Scientists Think You Should be Worried about Artificial Intelligence Do you think artificial intelligence is dangerous? Does AI may pose a serious risk to the human race. These are some reasons why you may want to be concerned. Read More , and Akinator is one of the best examples of how it can surprise us all. You’re probably familiar with the old 20 Questions game, right? You think of a well-known personality, the opponent can ask you 20 yes/no questions to guess it correctly.

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Well, Akinator gets it right almost every single time. It’s flabbergasting and you’ll be wondering if this is some sort of sorcery, not just technology. Correct guesses have included everything from Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’ landlady, to Hernan Cortes, the famous Spanish sailor and conqueror.

Think you can beat Akinator? We bet you can’t. Have a go, you’ll be bewildered at how scarily good it is. There are paid versions on all smartphone app stores, but the web version is free and just as good.

Just A Reflektor (Web): Phone + Screen = Magical Music Experience

There are enough apps to control your computer with your phone How to Turn Your Android Phone or Tablet Into a Mouse and Keyboard for Windows How to Turn Your Android Phone or Tablet Into a Mouse and Keyboard for Windows Imagine you could control your Windows PC with your Android? Intel Remote Keyboard turns your phone into a mouse and keyboard for your Intel PC. We show you how it works. Read More , but the band Arcade Fire still managed to wow us with their video for the song Just A Reflektor. It’s one of the best Chrome experiments out there 10 Amazing Google Chrome Experiments You Need to Try 10 Amazing Google Chrome Experiments You Need to Try Some Chrome Experiments are quite silly, but some are downright brilliant. We've dug into the catalog to find 10 of the best Chrome Experiments that you really have to check out. Read More .

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Here’s how it works. You will need a smartphone, a computer running the Google Chrome browser, and a webcam to get started. Follow the on-site instructions to pair your phone to your PC. Then, your phone works as a “reflector” of light when the two screens face each other.

Move your phone around and the light on the screen will change accordingly. You’ll even be able to control on-screen people with your phone, “paint” with colors, and do other cool stuff. Just A Reflektor needs to be experienced to be believed.

Quirkology (Web): A Scientist’s Illusions and Magic Tricks

Psychologist Richard Wiseman is one of the famous scientists on Twitter Tweeting Knowledge To The Masses: 8 Popular Scientists On Twitter Tweeting Knowledge To The Masses: 8 Popular Scientists On Twitter When thinking about scientists you wouldn't necessarily think of Twitter as being their primary means of communicating with the wider world. And that assumption would be somewhat correct. However, there are a healthy number of... Read More and the internet at large. Over at his YouTube channel, Quirkology, he records some of the best illusions and magic tricks you’ll ever see.

It’s a long list of tricks that covers everything from simple optical illusions to interactive “magic”. For example, check out the YouTube video above, where Wiseman plays a trick in which you — as a mere viewer — can participate. Be prepared to get your mind blown!

Wiseman doesn’t update his channel that regularly, so you can quickly go through all this previous videos and pick up a few party tricks Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites When I was a young child I loved watching magic being performed on television. It didn't matter what kind of tricks they were, or who was doing them, just that something mysterious, unexplainable, and, well,... Read More or wow your friends with some easy-to-perform illusions.

Kamra (Web): Turn Your Face Into a Trippy Music Video

Admittedly, this one isn’t as much “How did they do that” as much as the sheer wow factor. But boy, it’s so cool, we couldn’t keep it away from you guys.

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Kamra asks you to look into your webcam so that it can get a nice photograph of you. And in a matter of minutes, your face is digitized and made part of the music video, as it undergoes a multitude of changes through a series of trippy effects.

Kamra also draws on its web-sourced nature to perform a few composites with other users who have uploaded their faces to it, usually from different ethnicities and races. And at the end of it, you can share this whole new personalized video with friends! It’s cooler than any face swap filter on Snapchat The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About Few apps update quite as frequently or as dramatically as Snapchat. The app's most recent update featured a major overhaul that offers brand new features, new filters, a new font and tons of confusion. Read More .

Share Tricks or Guess Them!

The internet is full of magic and we want more! If you know of other amazing music videos, magic tricks, or optical illusions, share them in the comments.

Do you know how Quirkology did that little magic trick in the above video? Have you figured out the secret behind Cassius’ people-changing music video? The comments are a good place to discuss answers too.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL ..
    July 26, 2016 at 2:51 am

    $SPAM

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 28, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Thanks A4, you rock!

  2. MatsSvensson
    July 24, 2016 at 11:10 am

    All garbage!

    Just a big pile of badly designed mystery-meat sites.

    You are the kind of people who get exited about a dirt-spot on the floor of gallery, thinking its art.

    • Richard
      August 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Anyone can make a dirt-spot. But it takes more than an idiot hiding behind a computer screen to make one of those sites.

  3. Petr
    July 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I think the Kamra application is an excellent tool for identification theft.

  4. Sheepy
    July 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Akinator beat me three times, with Santa Clause, Lorelai Gilmore, and Harry Dresden. I beat it twice with Nabeshin (Excel Saga) and Alfred Bester (Babylon 5).

    • Richard
      August 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      On "Stephen Hawking' Akinator led me to "The homeless guy downstairs" at first.
      Otherwise, though, it did pretty well. It got Steve Ballmer and Steve Wozniak on the first try.

  5. allan
    July 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I beat Akinator too, with Jerry Garcia, it thought I was thinking of Marc Bolan.

  6. atienne
    July 23, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Beat Akinator on my first try with Riki Tiki Tavi. You bet I couldn't, What do I win? ?

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