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By on October 10, 2008, with 73 Comments

I have a flew (update: flu). It’s so hard doin’ anything while being sick. I’m like a walking zombie. I’m dizzy, sleep all day, but am not able to fall a sleep. Can’t read, can’t watch TV, everything I see looks like this. My head hurts when I try to talk or listen to someone. You wouldn’t believe how hard was it for me to stand up and write this post. I’ll report more when I feel a little better. Really hope this flu doesn’t last standard week. Enough whining. For today, it was simplest to post this “Awareness Test” sent in by Guilherme de Jesus. This is what Guilherme wrote, god knows when (sorry for such a delay G.): “Hi! First I would like to say your site is great, I check it everyday for new illusions :) This illusion is an advertising that i saw in a blog from Brazil (but wasn’t created there) and I laughed a lot with it, so I thought I could share with you. Thanks and keep the great job.”

  • strawberry

    That is awesome! Same goes for opportunities.
    Get better from your flu (not flew) because you can’t be feeling blue.
    HaHa. Lame joke. Whatever. Cool. I mean hot. Or not. Whatever. I’m getting the flu too. Can you tell?
    I can

  • Anonymous

    The word is “flu”, not “flew”… it’s short for influenza. “Flew” is a verb… past tense of “to fly”.

  • Anonymous

    This is ooolllldddddd……

  • Prince

    That was hilarious.
    Though I’m not sure if it counts as an illusion.

    Hope You get better soon!

  • silvia

    simply marvellous!
    hope you’ll feel better soon.

  • Anonymous

    nice one….

    got the number right but completly missd that stupid bear

    keep up th gud work

  • JR

    Good One.

    In the sirit of “awareness”, “flew” is “flu”. ;)

  • JR

    btw, feel better soon. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing! Had to see it twice before I recognized the bear :-)

  • Anonymous

    The flu lasts like 2 weeks buddy..get well soon

  • Koaieus

    Woot! Very funny!
    I really missed it!

  • chicken dinner

    haha thats funny.
    woohoo first comment

  • dOinK

    Good one! I’ve seen quite the same test on a Swedish TV show (Hjärnstorm, meaning ‘brain storming’). I completely overlooked the monkey that time, but naturally spotted the bear right away this time :-)

  • Fran

    I hope you will feel better, very soon…

  • Chris

    I have seen similar things before so I noticed the odd thing in the background quite quickly.

  • Freaka

    Really good… I didn’t see it the first time

  • Anonymous

    omg dat is nice

  • Anonymous

    Haha Lmao i did not see that at all…..i thought they added it in the second time……..but then i replayed it and omg haha

  • Tysss

    Hehe.. But I’ve seen a better version of this. In that version, the bear walked very near to the camera, but you still didn’t notice it.

  • Anonymous

    wow that got me!!!and this site is cool!

  • Janek37

    Am I blind? I dob’t see any bear, no matter how many times I watch this :(

    • wefa

      Yes, you are blind

  • BraDRoBBo

    Seen it:) but i wasn’t too impressed with this particular one as i had already seen a better version of the same thing on Brainiac a long while back – which is where im sure this advertisement got the idea from!:) heh:P… – Someone did it before Brainiac though but i’m not sure who :) some people doing an experiment of 400 people.

    They did a whole lot of things in one episode and where at the end, after they did this certain piece/sketch, they mentioned alot of other things that were ‘mistakes’ in the episode ;) it was good,

    ^ this video contains everything i just mentioned. (including another little possible surprise at the end :P)

  • ^^

    LOL!! That is so funny!!

  • Sylv

    :(! I still dont see the bear !

  • Anonymous

    testemony to the power of suggestion! I saw it first time bu because of the picture on top i thought it was the grim reaper

  • Jessybaby

    hahahha. totally missed it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I saw the moonwalking bear :O

  • can’t count

    not only did i miss the bear, i was also off by one pass!

  • Anonymous

    What does the picture at the top have to do with this?

  • Dani

    I hope you get well soon =D
    I saw something like this with a gorrilla at a psychology seminar at NYU a few years ago. It got me the first time ;)

  • Anonymous

    That’s awesome! I watched it twice, just to make sure the bear was there the first time, because I completely missed him. This makes a great point since I almost get hit by cars every day, even when I’m walking.

  • Kevin

    Oh my god this is amazing

    It is hilarious

  • יותם

    Saw this already, along with the rest of a whole DVD.

  • Anonymous

    omg thats awesome. GO MOONWALKING BEAR!!!

  • cantel

    lolzz there switching BALLS

  • Anonymous

    wow i failed there moonwalking bear awareness thing!!!

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  • Brionny

    This is on Takashi Castle btw the play it every episode (new one each time)

  • bazinga

    when i saw it passing by i thought it was the grim reaper then i heard the announcer and i was like ooh its a bear yeah i see it now=P

  • frank

    i didnt see no moonwalking bear! u didnt tell me too look for no moonwalking bear! stupid test. ask me to look for a moonwalking bear and ill look for the stupid moonwlking bear. you’d think if someone was aware thre ws gonna be a moonwalking bear thy’d say somwthing. jeez….by the way, i still dont see no effin moonwalking bear and ive been watching this vid over and over….. ahole

  • moonwalking bear

    Frank: I was there, I assure you. Look again.

    And the whole point of the test is that the user, when asked to focus all their attention on a task, doesn’t notice something as obvious as a moonwalking bear passing by the screen. Test works perfectly.

    • wefa

      It also works pretty good because the bear is black, if you would have been asked to count how many times the black team passed, you would have noticed.

  • Anthony

    I keep on seeing the bloody moonwalking bear
    how am I supposed to not see it???!!!

  • Anthony

    Hey frank dont count the balls just watch it but dont count the passes. you should see a dark brown bear walking in the middle of the the people. skip to 0:15 seconds and i can assure you you will se a guy dressed in a bear costume!

  • super gay man man

    wow that was a good vid tough at first im like what? moon walkin bear *idioit* then i thought it was added to trick you the n i looked back and there was the moon walin bear PS what with accent

  • me

    the accent is ‘cos they’re british, genius…
    anyway, nice ad! I don’t seem to have ever seen this, even though i am from Brasil…

  • Kimberly

    i saw the bear casue i watched somthing like this before

  • javonte

    LOL tha bear looks funny LOL

  • amyandmia

    haha i love this one. i originally thought it was going to ask me how many passes the team on black made instead of asking how many the team in white made (while still asking you to count the white ones at the beginning)because when i was a kid there would be commercials like that and i always felt so stupid when i didnt know

  • taetae

    OMG! Supper cool man

  • catzrules

    awesome man. :) i completely missed that bear!!!!
    i got the number right though. :-/

  • i like pie

    i actually saw the bear, but it was kinda out of the corner of my eye

  • fossda

    its cos the bear looks like one of the players in the black team but still cool!

  • Lanney

    This is so frickin hilarious!!!!!! Nice!!!

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  • KLB

    i saw it didn’t realize what it was or what it was doing…

  • random

    I saw the bear the first time i saw this :)) i didnt get the number right :( how is there 13?! :))

  • Amanda

    I couldnt view the video! :-( says not allowed in my country? WTF Im in the USA

  • Dan

    The first time I watched the video I saw the “bear”. I can imagine another person watching the video and counting the passes:

    Person: 1, 2, 3, 4, WHAT THE FU–!?!?!?!

    • Dijonay

      LMAO ! ! ! !
      I had the same thought too, I just did not want to verbalize it, with that type of language.

  • AmetuerAspirant

    I lost count when that bear suited guy stepped in…

  • Lizzie

    The link is broken

  • J

    The real illusion is the bear’s horrible attempt at moonwalking

  • glittergirl

    LOL! i counted 13 but compelety missed the bear!

  • Ed

    I wish the bi*ch who cut me off on my motorcycle saw this -__-

  • Jeremy

    Though this didn’t trick me, I’ve seen a video similar to this before, and it definitely fooled me. I’ve tried it on my entire family, and it’s very interesting to see what different people see and count, especially when you can link this to their personality.

  • Dylan

    that was the worst moon walk ive ever seen

  • Pandiee

    LOL Moonwalk bear XD

  • suor de sapo

    Damn, completely failed it! Counted 14 passes and missed the bear, lol

  • artemis

    This is an experiment imagined by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, for more details and similar experiments see:


  • owliegirl

    awesome!! I totally missed the dancing bear! I saw a similar version to that on Mythbusters.