Warped Circles Optical Illusion

Estimation,Video 11 December 2014 0 Comments

Warped Circles Optical Illusion

This brief video shows a pair of circles that appear to be very warped or distorted.  Using circles cut out from a sheet of white paper, the creator of this video demonstrates that there is nothing warped about them at all.  Even after you know the truth, once the white circle cut outs are removed, […]

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 4 December 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The orange and purple ring appears to rotate clockwise on the green background in a twitching or jerky manner.  The effect is enhanced if you move your eyes rapidly around the image or look away from it briefly and then focus on it again. Compare this effect to another motion illusion created by Professor Kitaoka […]

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

As you move your eyes around this image, the purple and yellow grapes appear to rotate around in circles.  Be careful with this one, you might start to get a little bit dizzy if you look at it for too long! To see more rotating circles, take a look back at the motion illusion in […]

Crazy Circle Illusion from Brusspup

Video 27 July 2014 0 Comments

Crazy Circle Illusion from Brusspup

In this new video from Youtube sensation Brusspup, a group of eight balls can be seen rotating around in a circle.  If you focus on one individual ball at a time, however, you will notice that they are not rotating in a circle pattern at all.  Rather, each ball is moving in a straight line.  […]

The Dynamic Ebbinghaus Illusion

Estimation,Video 30 May 2014 0 Comments

The Dynamic Ebbinghaus Illusion

The 10th annual edition of the Best Illusion of the Year contest was held on May 18, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Taking home the prestigious first place prize were Christopher D. Blair, Gideon P. Caplovitz, and Ryan E.B. Mruczek from the University of Nevada Reno.  Their illusion was a new twist on an old […]

Trioroboro Anamorphic Illusion

Anamorphosis 24 March 2014 0 Comments

Trioroboro Anamorphic Illusion

Mach505 from Truly Design created this anamorphic painting using acrylic and spray paints on the floor and walls of an abandoned school near Torino, Italy.  The painting features an uroboros (an ancient symbol depicting a snake eating its own tail) which symbolizes continuity and represents the cyclical nature of things. Additional photographs of this painting […]

Turning Wheel Optical Illusion

Animation 17 March 2014 0 Comments

Spinning Wheel Optical Illusion

Which way is this wheel on this old postcard turning?  Are you sure?  Stare at it for a little while and you might find that the direction the wheel is rotating in will change. If you stare up at a ceiling fan while it is spinning, you can replicate this strange effect. (via foto-jennic.com)