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By on December 13, 2009, with 48 Comments

In order to understand this, watch the video below

In order to understand this, watch the video below

An interesting video has spread across internet recently. It became so viral, that I’ve received it from many different sources in a way of submission. I’m still not sure why I’m so judgmental against posting YouTube clips to this site, but when something cool as this hits my Inbox, it would be shame to ignore it. After viewing the video below, some of our old timers will quickly remember Magic Moving Pictures article posted almost 3 years ago. This example is rather new, yet the procedure is 100% identical. Have any of your tried making this on your own? I have many more interesting video illusions in my mailbox, so expect to see them posted throughout the end of the coming week.

Want to hear a fun story? I finally decided to finish one of my courses I’ve registered for all the way back in 2005. So I sat and studied it for a few days, gone through dozen of past exams, and when I finally felt ready – I went for it and signed up for the exam. Boy, was I surprised when my professor gave me the paper. It was as if you studied math, and got an exam in physics. I asked him is this some kind of a mistake? Are you sure you didn’t you give me the wrong exam? I didn’t recognize a single question! When I explained to him I attend this University since 2002 (what can I say, after starting my company I somehow neglected college) – all made sense. It turned out the course itself changed so much over the years, and now includes algorithms and technologies, ones that weren’t available back then when I first signed for that particular course. All my work went down the drain…

  • GreenMint

    I love these types illusions. Short clips on paper for the win! :]]

  • Krystal

    wow, that’s really cool!!! i want to try it, i wonder how you could make one of those illusions? Thanks for sharing it with me!

  • egdirbr

    That is one of the coolest illusions that I’ve seen on this site! It was a great way to present it too.

  • Jane


  • anonymous

    how does it work???

  • Anusha

    This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Tyron

      Hey i bought this in my scool Ben 10 he was moving

  • http://www.4us2be.com goc9999

    That is a great OI, neat stuff. On the remark of your college education, I must say that after 7 years, you must be now a ph.D.? :D

    kisses from your greatest fan

  • Monxy


  • Maria

    This is so amazing!

    I used to have an optical illusion book, and this was in it. I remember it had a red and white plastic slip that you slid over the page and watch the object on the page move.

    Really love your website, its a widget on my mac and fully enjoy seeing what the new illusion is.

  • http://www.rainbowbomb.com Jason

    Thats brilliant, i especially like the way you cant tell what the pictures going to do until the slats come across.
    Id love to know how to make them, any references?

  • Janice

    Wow, I loved it. That was really cool.

  • http://marcusstratus.deviantart.com Markus Stratus

    Hey yeah! This is pretty much stellar, my favorite illusion so far!


  • cheese

    I don’t know how to say this, it has been troubling me for years, but I must say it… I am gay.


    They have Disney versions in a card at Tokyo Disney their really cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathias-Courbois/1347407051 Mathias Courbois

    Very beautiful… The only one where I was able to spot the picture behind the lines was the one with the gears… But besides that, very nice!

  • Detective Kitty

    this is so interesting. It’s fascinating how our mind sees the lines and the image begins to move. awesome.

  • Jared

    Best illusion I’ve seen in a long time!!!

  • Jenni

    amazing illusion, shame about the exam!

  • Jeany

    Oh thats quiete cool, thanks for sharing!!

  • Nemanja Curcic

    Nice one !

  • Awesome foursome

    thats totally insane

  • BraDRoBBo

    Aww wow that is awesome! I WANT ONE XD! /some

  • Renz Garcia

    wow! Amazing vid!
    Sorry about the exam! :(

  • Zwaan

    This is an effect called Moiré pattern (you can look it up in Wikipedia). You can also see this effect when you scan photos from a newspaper (in a low resolution). Suddenly you will see lines and circles appear in the scanned image because of this effect. Another example can be seen in the trailer of the tv series ‘the green hornet’ which starred Bruce Lee! You can find this on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuoNLnrPlFM). The effect is visible around the 30 second mark. To get an effect as seen above, you probably need a computer program. Creating this by hand would be an impossible task in my opinion.

  • yourenemy

    cool !!!

  • Jasyn

    There are a series of children’s books with the same animation technique. I know two titles are Gallop and Swing. There is a more recent title which is escaping me. Look into it, they are pretty sharp.

  • Skidy

    Hey, thts new

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-H-Bergfelder/1666075707 David H Bergfelder

    That one was so cool that I had to post it to my facebook.

  • popcorn

    thats freakin dudey! lol

  • ice

    um…your analogy is based on a logical fallacy. physics actually involves math (alg., geom., trig., calc.)…i didnt know u could take an exam years later

    anyways, i googled and found out that there is a book called “Magic Moving Images” with things like those in the video

    uber cool illusions! =D

  • sarah

    wow! that is just amazing! I really wonder how they do it!

  • Delishia Harding

    Its oriht but iv saw things live that b4 theres even kids books like that so its been done b4

  • Music

    The effect is amazing.
    I also find the music simple, hauntingly beautiful. Does anyone know it or similar music?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phenias-Flinn/100000743494586 Phenias Flinn

    Very cool …..Ferb likes it also !!!!!!!!

  • Delenn Deszcz

    Wow. Amazing. Gotta get me that.

  • head in the shed

    One of the best one Ive seen – Brilliant

  • Benka

    Wel ehm , it’s pretty impressive but not WOW.
    LOL JK thats the Coolest illusion i ever seen !

  • cheyenne


  • Nathan Derksen

    `This isn’t so much an illusion as an optical effect. The lines in the mask line up with lines on the paper. As the mask moves, it reveals a new set of lines. The black lines on the mask help fill in the gaps, and your brain helps to make a shape out of the white lines that do show. You can create an animation by creating say 8 different images over top of each other, each image showing a frame in the animation. You then remove the area that would be hidden by the mask for each image. Each set of lines for each frame in the image should be offset by the previous by the width of the clear line in the mask.

  • miriah

    cool i liked the second one best!

  • Yowhassupit’smeepicdude

    this is the best optical illusions ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • immad

    really good one illusion parfect i salut you

  • slapthemonkey

    dude thats… the best s**t ever howd he do that?, anyone got anyrefernaces where i can get the slats and the images? i would be most gratefull

    Love ya :)

  • Von CerBau

    I can’t stpo watching this, I love this video :D

  • BJ

    where can I get a pic so I can print it, super nice illusion



  • franky

    by the third one i was going insane, i just loved this for some reason :)