Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween……. We love everything weird and spooky here at Camera Obscura, so you can tell why we’re very excited for it to come along! Every year we decorate our building with everything Halloween related so we can join in the fun! We’re always trying to add a little spook and scare into our already weird and wonderful building!

Our shop love Halloween so much they’ve got some Halloween bits that you can pick up for yourself! Here are some staff favourites, if you’re looking to add to your Halloween decoration collection or looking for a gift with a theme!

First favourite product chosen by staff are these amazing firefly jars. They come in all different colours and would make great home decorations all year round! Even better they’ve been reduced in price by 25%, so are the bottles are now only £7.50 and the jars are only £3.50!

If you fancy getting your hands on some of these Lenticular photographs, we have around 20 different ones to choose from! They are £10 each, but are currently on offer for Buy One Get One Free! If you fancy a book of Witches’ Spells, these lovely little books cost £4.

And last but not least… an X-Ray book.

This book features a vast amount of real life x-rays of humans, animals and all things odd… very spooky and only £14.99.

If you like the look of this book, any of the other favourite picks or want to have a look at anything else we have on offer, stop by our shop!

We hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!


The Mystery of the Ames Room at Camera Obscura

Did you know that you can shrink and grow at ease in our Ames Room? Here’s how!….

The first Ames Room was built in 1935 by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. However, it is thought the concept of the Ames Room was inspired from the German physician Hermann Helmholtz in the 1800’s.

Here comes the spoiler alert…..the Ames Room isn’t actually cubic in shape, it’s trapezoidal! The walls and ceiling are sloped and the floors are built on an incline which creates a forced perspective. This, when viewed at the right angle, tricks your brain into thinking one person is considerably taller than the other.


The Ames Room – picture by Tony Marsh

It has proved so effective that it has been used to create special effects in many Hollywood movies. Ever wondered how they made the Hobbits look so small next to Gandalf? Yup, that’s right, all done using the same technique! (Sorry to spoil the Shire magic for you all!)

Want to share your photos of the Ames Room? We would love to see all the creative posing we know our visitors do!

Toddler Fest: Cameron the Camera Obscura Bear checks it out!



This week has been beary exciting (so far!) as it’s Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest ’15!!

I’m having great fun checking out the special exhibits and different workshops that are on.  This workshop looked at my interpretation of language!


And there were lots of me and my new duck friends in our new mini Kaleidosphere!


There is story telling in the shop. Now, not that I’m biased, but I think the story is beary good, possibly the best I have ever heard. It’s all about a brave little bear, called Cameron, and his adventures. You should check it out! What a classic!! You can even take a picture of me home….what more could anyone ask for?


There is even a quiet room which I have made great use of. I will be sad to see it go after Toddler Fest.

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The Quiet Room – photo taken by a Quiet Room user! (@kersti)


And look….. lots of my friends have come to check out all the fun too!…


PLUS, I hear there is going to be face painting on Sunday…. I wonder what I’ll get painted on my face?!



Cameron explores….a Christmas in South Korea!

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Merry Christmas! Or should I say “Jeulgaeun krismas doeseyo  즐거운 크리스마스 되세요”

I am in South Korea!



There are a lot of lights and decorations everywhere, especially in the shops.

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Children are given presents  by Santa Kullosu (산타 클로스) on Christmas Eve.  Like in Scotland, children hang stockings up on Christmas Eve for Santa Kullosu, but unlike in Scotland, he can wear blue!



In Scotland, a Christmas cake is often a fruit cake.  In South Korea it is a sponge cake filled with cream.  It is very yummy.  Sometimes they have ice cream cake as well!

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Christmas in Korea is slightly different, but I recognise a lot of it too.  I like the blue Santa Claus, he matches my jumper!



Image 1: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Map_South_Korea_blank.png

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Image 3: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=south+korea+santa+claus+blue&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=south+korea+santa+claus+blue&sc=0-0&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=4AD26EE59FF4E245F3CBFB1D02800DA579819A89&selectedIndex=5

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Cameron explores….a Christmas in Australia!

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I am in Australia!



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Alyce…one of our staff!


One of our staff members is from Australia….




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Australia is much bigger than Edinburgh.  It is also very hot. Because Australia is on  the other side of the world, Christmas happens in summer.



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They eat cold food and often spend Christmas day outside because it is very warm.  Pavalova is a favourite.



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They get presents from Santa Claus, but he sometimes comes on a surfboard. And snowmen are slightly different here!…


Australian Christmas is very similar to Scottish Christmas.  Everyone is very friendly to me, but it is very hot in my jumper!



Image 1: http://tinaleeroth.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/australia-topographic-map-960.jpg

Image 3: http://lucyria.com/cards/australia_kangaroo.jpg

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Image 5: http://blog.sndimg.com/cook/cooking-channel/australian-christmas-recipes.jpg

Halloween at Camera Obscura: Animazombs Create A Stir In The Shop!

These Animazombs have a sweet tooth.

They have been nicking stuff from the sweets cauldron all week. Come in and see the new sweets in stock this Hallowe’en. We have our new game of Bean Boozled… are you brave enough to play?

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Bean Boozled

There are tabasco jelly beans – do you dare to try them?

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Fiery Tabasco

We also have a spooky loot bag full of our pyramid bags of jelly beans, what flavours will you get?

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Loot Bags!

PLUS, just because it’s Halloween, we’re offering a superb 30% off all Animzombs…hurray!!

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Grab you Animzomb now!

Mesmerising Blue Balls

This may not be an illusion but it is certainly mesmerising! Try watching one ball at a time and watch where it goes…

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We found this on Animated Hypnotism’s Google+ page where there’s plenty more animated gifs to check out!

Halloween at Camera Obscura: Zombies Party on Witches’ Territory

In Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, there is a wall of portraits. It is perfectly ordinary on first glance, but a second glance might reveal completely different people than you saw before…

Take Grandpa Esbat, for example; what a lovely portrait this is of him:

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Or is it?!

Grandpa Esbat

The haunted portraits use lenticular lenses that allow you to see different parts of an interlaced image.

The haunted portraits are available in the shop with a fantastic 20% discount this Halloween. Choose from Aunt Sarah, Granny Gertrude, Cousin Claudia and many more.

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Haunted Portraits!

There are plenty of other Halloween tricks and treats in the shop, which the animal zombies, aka Animazombs, have been investigating! We’ve got potion bottles…

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Great Props for Parties!

…and spell books….

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The Witches’ Spell Book

…and, of course, the Animzombs themselves!…

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Get a free crate with every Animazomb!



Disappearing Dots Illusion!

Stare at the black cross in the middle and see what happens to the pink dots!…



Source: buzzfeed.com