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By on June 9, 2007, with 45 Comments

Xavier found this rather interesting optical illusion. The illusion was created by Bernard Pras. Xavier explained: “There is a little shop in Burkina Faso. The owner is looking around for customers but there doesn’t seem to be much interesting about his plastic buckets and trinkets. Or is there ? Watch what happens when a picture is taken from another side of the shop“. You should see a man’s head (African) in profile. Inside the article there is another photo, same shop seen from another angle. To see the face in the first photo, you’ll probably need to step away few inches from your monitor. Great one!

African Face Illusion
African Face Illusion


45 Responses
  1. Paul Channel says:

    One of the best i have seen!!

  2. Tony says:


  3. Bhavesh says:

    wow! this is amazing. nice.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Dennis says:

    Pretty sweet. Simple and sweet.

  6. Anonymous says:

    where is it??? i dont see him!

  7. Anonymous says:

    i think i see a mouth and wat looks like a colourfull face mask above mouth

    i dunno if i am right thou

  8. Jordan says:

    wow… GOOD one!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yup – deffently one of the best iv’e seen!

  10. Anonymous says:

    some one plz explain

  11. otowi says:

    The color part is a hat like a colorful kufi. (in the top picture). Then if you follow the roof of the hut down to the right, it is his forehead. Just to the left of the roof is his eye. Underneath the roof edge is the bridge of his nose in a gray kind of color, then the nostril part of his nose is a brown jug or pot or something. Under that is some greenish stuff followed by to horizontal things that are his lips, then his the log is his chin, etc. Very very nice.

  12. molly says:

    im sorry but i tried real hard and i don’t see anything

  13. Dan says:

    i’ve allways liked the african illusions
    keep em commin

  14. Anonymous says:

    The man can be seen in the first picture.
    He is facing to the right of screen, and the colourful objects form a headband/bandana thing.

  15. dan says:

    It is excellent. No.10. The hair is formed by the roof of the shop. Then there are a lot of plastic trinkets forming a head band. The face is looking to the right of the picture. The forehead is sticking out beneath the headband. the nose is formed by a tin and two round objects. the area under the nose another roundish object.The lips 1 dark and one light stick. the chin by a tree trunk. I don’t know what the funny looking thing is which is used for the eye. I think you’ll see it now

  16. Badslats says:

    Well done! respect!

    Unique illusion!

  17. Tanynep says:

    I don’t get it either.

  18. Anonymous says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    Open the first picture and step away from the monitor.

  20. Brian says:

    hate to be that guy but this one is definitely photoshop look at the colorful part and keep track of the objects in both pictures they move i thought it might be photoshopped at first glance but i give everything the benefit of the doubt on this site until i get some proof

  21. Hosae says:

    saw it at first go. Truly an amazing one.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The colorful buckets are the african hat. The log is the back of head to neck. The white pan in lower left is shoulder. The profile is the whole shop. Don’t look just at the buckets. IT is soooo cool! Really great.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Awsome Illusion. It is very interesting. Keep the Illusions coming!!!

  24. Madelaine Elizabeth says:

    Wow. It’s awesome…and it would be even better if it was acidental!

  25. I Luv The Teen Titans! says:

    Oh! Omigosh! I was lookind at the SECOND photo and going “huh, where’s the face?” but you have to look at the first one! Omigosh, idiot. That’s what I am. I am so stupid.

  26. Anonymous says:

    For the guy that things this is photoshoped – the two photos were taken from different angles so of course it’s going to look like they are in different places.

  27. Shauzia says:

    looks a bit like a monke to be honest. But i still love it! Its so creative!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I can’t see it. I think it sucks. How is it a face? All I see is a bulding!!! I am a yound child, you should make them so that children get it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hallucinant ! C’est l’une des meilleures illusions que j’ai jamais vu !

  30. jack but says:

    i dont get it can some dude help me i dont understand!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  32. Michael Joseph Casey says:


  33. Bob Dylan says:

    you guys do know that this is fake, right? That man just walked there for the second picture.

  34. Dolphin says:

    Awesome.Unlike what most say,this is not photo-shopped.It is possible to make something like this.You could do it to your house,if you wanted.

  35. Cheryl Sandford says:

    I am an artist and it has always fascinated me that non-artistic folk will critique what they themselves are not capable of doing. This is a wonderful piece of art! I hope the artist continues to explore his gift and share it with others.

  36. foxxy says:

    was that intentional?

  37. Alice says:

    SO AWESOME!!!! Its like the coolest one ive ever seen!

  38. karen says:

    That was tough! Would’ve been helpful if i’d known the entire photo is a man’s profile. I was searching for a small guy within all the stuff.

  39. Matt says:

    don’t see it :(

  40. Anonymous says:

    On the right side of the shop, next to what appears to be a grey painted piece of wood… is a black mans face. I have also seen the entire picture being a face too.

  41. Seth says:

    I can’t see the face in the second picture.

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