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 Corporation – PhotoReading 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.