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X-Ray Vision?

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X-Ray Vision?

In this activity (13th on the page), learners complete a simple illusion trick to see through their own hand. Learners roll up a piece of notebook paper into a tube, arrange their hands in a specific way, and look through the tube to discover what appears to be a hole in their left hand! Use this fun activity to introduce learners to optics and illusions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Notebook paper


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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