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Kaleidoscope Review V1N2.pdf

Kaleidoscope Review V1N2.pdf

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Published by Brett Bensley
The second issue of the famous kaleidoscope magazine The New Kaleidoscope Review.
The second issue of the famous kaleidoscope magazine The New Kaleidoscope Review.

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Copyright © 2013, B. Bensley, Bensley Enterprises The New Kaleidoscope Review 1
The Work Continues!
By Brett Bensley, Editor Bensley Enterprises
I know it has been a while since the last issue. As we get more articles from the readers, the more often and larger this magazine will become. Then again, if no one wants
this to continue…you are o
ut of luck there. This will continue. Please be kind and submit kaleidoscope related materials for the next issue. Pictures of your work are very welcome. Articles about kaleidoscopes, kaleidoscope events, how-tos and more are welcome. There is no charge for the magazine, copies of the magazine, or for having anything included. I thank you for those who have helped support the
kaleidoscope world and everyone’s efforts at promoting
the artform. And we have surpassed 500 copies downloaded!
Ambigrams and Kaleidoscopes
By Brett Bensley
What are ambigrams? This is where we start this article, trying to define an ambigram. There are many great resources on the internet and I recommend: http://www.ambigram.com/ 
Per this site an ambigram is a
typographical creation that  presents two or more separate words within the same physical
space.” What this means in simple terms is what looks like a
word may be the same or another word AS WELL, by rotation or reflection.
For a simple example, and the ones I will use most in this article, the word WOW works wonders. If you rotate the word WOW, upside down you will get the word MOM. Try it! For reflection, place the word WOW, or MOM, up to a mirror and you should see the word again. That is reflection. You can also cut the word in half, through the O and hold that up to a mirror and get the complete word. These are all simple forms of ambigrams. I have been using ambigrams both inside kaleidoscopes and for fun for many years. And to brag a little, I am a  prize winning ambigramist (if that is a real word) by being the winner of the Magic Magazine ambigram contest. But what about their use in kaleidoscopes? I have been adding words to kaleidoscopes before I made my marriage proposal kaleidoscope for my wife in 1997. I learned about ambigrams about the same time from Scott
Kim’s book
, and have included ambigrams in kaleidoscopes ever since. So now we start our adventure with kaleidoscopes and ambigrams, by using our WOW. If you wanted to use your ambigram in a kaleidoscope, you will need to know what form of reflection or rotation it uses. Some work very well and others do not. Our word WOW, as mentioned before can be cut along the center of the word through the O, thus you can use this with the mirror. This will make the entire word WOW, with the word continuing to reflect in the image as can be seen in The word magic. Rotate to read it again. My last name as an ambigram. Again a rotational ambigram.  Not my best work, but good examples of rotational ambigrams.
Copyright © 2013, B. Bensley, Bensley Enterprises The New Kaleidoscope Review 3
Figure 1 - WOW with center reflection Figure 2 - WOW with full reflection
You will note that the mirror is in the center of the O in the word, and thus we are only using the last (or first) W and half the O. Your brain will take this word and in the reflections turn it
either into WOW or MOM. What mother wouldn’t want a
kaleidoscope that shows how you think about her in an interesting way? There is another reflection form we can illustrate with our word WOW and that is what was shown in the previous example. We can reflect the entire word and make it say MOM WOW as can be seen in Figure 2.  Now we can show our mother how much more we think about her in our kaleidoscopes! I hope this introduction to ambigrams and kaleidoscopes has  been educational and inspiring. For many years, I have enjoyed both, separately and together. In special scopes, unique ambigrams have been created for the owner to help celebrate. I hope you will check the ambigram resources listed in this article to help you start using them, but this comes with a word of caution. Most ambigrams are copyrighted and cannot  be used without the permission of the creator. I do give you  permission to use the WOW and MOM ambigrams because they are what I call natural ambigrams, those created by the words and not by an artist. For those who need more technical detail, such as how to get the words into the kaleidoscope, I recommend either of the following techniques: 1.
Print your ambigram on overhead transparency sheets available at office supply stores. 2.
Use rub on letters, if not using special lettering created by an artist. Place the transparency material between the mirrors and the object chamber. You can have the ambigram printed on material to keep it safe in the object chamber and incorporate it in the chamber. Though this may not always guarantee that the ambigram will show correctly, it does create interesting options to your artwork.
 Ambigrams and Kaleidoscopes - continued from page 2
By changing the angles between the mirrors you can increase the reflections as with any object.

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