The Benefits of Using Magic Eye Books

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When I first started looking for Magic Eye books, the intention was purely to get hold of a book with 3D stereograms that I could use with Gavin since they were image training material recommended for developing Quantum Speed Reading.  Although there are plenty of free 3D stereograms available on the internet, I didn’t want Gavin staring too intently at the computer screen to “see” the images.

I recalled seeing some books with animal 3D stereograms on a special display stand in Borders a while back so I tried searching there first.  Unfortunately, none of the staff were able to help me.  In the end, I found a copy of Magic Eye Beyond 3D at MPH and bought it.

Unlike the original Magic Eye books, “Magic Eye Beyond 3D” contains more than 3D Stereograms.  The book also talks about the benefits of training your vision using 3D Stereograms.  While the original Magic Eye books may have been purely for entertainment purposes, it appears they have since found many other benefits associated with using 3D Stereograms for training vision.  Here are the benefits listed in the book:

  • may improve vision
  • develop visual skills
  • relieve computer eye strain
  • accelerated learning and speed reading
  • improves sports performance
  • boosts brain performance
  • reduces stress
  • calms the mind
  • develops intuition
  • evokes feelings of love

Even if you find the entire list of benefits a little hard to swallow, just some of the benefits might make it worth your while to invest in a Magic Eye book.  I’ve always wondered if there were any way to improve my vision without having to go for laser surgery – looking at Magic Eye pictures is definitely a safer, cheaper and more fun option.  In the days of the internet and personal computers, who doesn’t need to relieve computer eye strain?  And with our fast-paced and hectic lifestyles, a little stress reduction and meditation wouldn’t go astray either.

What interested me most was the section on accelerated learning and speed reading – which are some of the things right brain education helps to develop.  3D Stereograms are being used in a new learning technology developed by Learning Strategies CorporationPhotoReading Whole Mind System – which helps individuals improve their reading speed and reading comprehension level.  Unlike Right Brain Education which is focused on young children, this program is for any individual desiring to improve his or her reading speed and understanding of the material read.  In Quantum Speed Reading, Tobitani also states that adults can develop the QSR ability, although it would take more time and effort compared with a child.

How do you teach a three year old to look at a 3D Stereogram?  We’ll I’m still working on that one.  At least I’ve got him interested in 3D images with his 3D Chuggington book.  Just in case you were wondering (as I was) the 3D glasses don’t work with stereograms.

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

5 thoughts on “The Benefits of Using Magic Eye Books

  1. 3D stereograms require the use of both eyes to see the 3D image. If I remember correctly, you have a lazy eye, right? So that makes it difficult for you to use both eyes to see the image.

    Charlie has very severe lazy eye – it’s so bad that even with correction he still only really uses one eye to see things. Because of that, he can’t see the 3D images with or without glasses.

    Your case is similar to Charlie’s, except that with power correction, both your eyes function properly which allows you to see the 3D images.

    My eye problem is myopia and mild astigmatism. Without my glasses I can still see the 3D image but it’s slightly blur as if I were looking at a similar object without my glasses.

    That said, it would be interesting to find out whether these 3D stereogram exercises help to improve all visual problems or just myopia/hyperopia.

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  2. You can teach Aristotle to not focus on one point, but whole picture, the easiest way to do is to ask him to stick out his one finger, for instance a thumb, ask him to see 2 images out of his own thumb, if he can see 2 images of the same then he is on the right track to be able to see streogram, just don’t focus one one point, but blur your eyesight to the entire picture, that was how V got to see hers the first instance I taught her the technique.

    Thanks to whole list. Went to ask only 3d pictures now with MPH, very disappointing……..

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  3. Many thanks. I have just bought online 4 copies on the lists so thoughtfully listed by you :), hey….even more complete than the bookstore !

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  4. One of the author’s previous articles discussed the Visual Attention Span (VAS) Theory.
    You can learn all these skills through the Evelyn Wood speed reading course.
    Speed reading may seem to be a very daunting task and you might actually commit that mistake of reading something repeatedly.

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