The Breathing Hexagon

Animation,Motion 31 December 2017 2 Comments

The Breathing Hexagon

First off, Happy New Year to all!  Make your New Year’s resolutions and get 2018 off to a terrific start!  Today’s optical illusion is an animated GIF from Gianni Sarcone called “The Breathing Hexagon”.  It appears that the hexagon (or maybe even a 3D cube?) pulsates slowly each time the frame changes.  This is not […]

Dynamic Muller-Lyer Illusion

Animation,Estimation 5 July 2017 1 Comment

Dynamic Muller-Lyer Illusion

Gianni Sarcone emailed me earlier today letting me know about a new animation that he created based on a classic optical illusion.  The animation consists of 26 different frames and helps to demonstrate the Muller-Lyer illusion.  In this illusion, discovered in the late 19th century, the presence of arrows gives the appearance that equal segments […]

Color Test – What Color is the Pill?

Animation,Color 15 March 2016 0 Comments

Color Test - What Color is the Pill?

Have a look at these two pills.  Can you tell what color they are?  Do they look blue and yellow or gray and gray?  Watch this animation, created by Gianni Sarcone, as the background is removed and the answer will be revealed. The yellow hand and background make the gray pill appear to be blue […]

The Black & White Bicycle

Animation 9 November 2015 0 Comments

The Black & White Bicycle

Today’s animated optical illusion was created by Gianni Sarcone.  The black & white bicycle is static but appears to moving forward and backward in a rocking-type motion.  In reality, this animation just alternates two frames, one of which is the negative of the other. (via Gianni Sarcone)

Sparkling Squares by Gianni Sarcone

Animation 30 July 2015 0 Comments

Sparkling Squares by Gianni Sarcone

As you shift your gaze around this pattern designed by Gianni Sarcone the small dots appear to sparkle.  He created this design for his latest book titled How To Draw Incredible Optical Illusions published by Imagine Publishing. Gianni also created an animation that features this pattern rotating in an infinite loop.  You will notice that […]

Impossible Squares

Animation,Impossible 15 June 2015 0 Comments

Impossible Squares

In this animation, a person passes a straight rod through two squares in what appears to be an impossible manner.  At the end of the animation, the squares are turned slightly to reveal how the trick was pulled off.

The Chameleon

Animation,Trompe L'oeil 11 May 2015 0 Comments

The Chameleon

Do you notice anything peculiar about this chameleon standing on a green branch?  Would you believe that it is actually not a chameleon at all?  Would you believe that it is made of two painted women?  Take a look at the image a bit closer and you can figure out exactly how this extraordinary body […]