Definitions for magic eye
photoelectric cell, photoconductive cell, photocell, electric eye, magic eye(noun)
a transducer used to detect and measure light and other radiations
Origin: From the Magic Eye books featuring autostereograms, first released in 1993, now become a genericized trademark.
Magic Eye is a series of books published by N.E. Thing Enterprises. The books feature autostereograms, which allow some people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. The viewer must diverge his or her eyes in order to see a hidden three-dimensional image within the pattern. "Magic Eye" has become something of a genericized trademark, often used to refer to autostereograms of any origin. The autostereogram predates the Magic Eye series by several years. Christopher Tyler created the first black-and-white autostereograms in 1979 with the assistance of computer programmer Maureen Clarke. Unable to find an American publisher after creating its first images in 1991, creators Tom Baccei and Cheri Smith managed to make a deal with Tenyo, a Japanese company that sells magic supplies. Tenyo published its first book in late 1991 titled Miru Miru Mega Yokunaru Magic Eye, sending sales representatives out to street corners to demonstrate how to see the hidden image. Within a few weeks the first Japanese book became a best seller, as did the second, rushed out shortly after.
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