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Black Or White PortraitToday’s optical illusion was created and submitted by Terence Rosoman, who pointed out that things aren’t always as clear as black and white. At first, we only see bunch of different-sized black dots positioned on a white surface. But Terence gave us a big hint!  In order to properly see the hidden picture, we should squint our eyes. We can also look at a picture from greater distance. This should help us seeing the hidden celebrity. Can you guess who it is? If you manage to see a figure, but don’t recognize the person, I advise you to read this post for a hint.

Even though I’m not the greats fan of this persona, I deeply appreciate his artistic contributions. If you like this kind of hidden images, you’ll gonna love Type Addicted book cover. Apart from Marylin Monroe and Santa Claus (?), there are many more similar illusions in our archives.

Black Or White Portrait


104 Responses
  1. Fva says:

    Michael Jackson

  2. chiguagua46 says:

    The person looks like Michael Jackson….. An I right??

  3. lr says:

    rather easy, just had to take my glasses of and i could clearly see dead people :P

  4. TheAntiVillain says:

    i see Michael Jackson

  5. Easy Spotter says:

    The King of Pop himself Mr Michael Jackson RIP you wonderful man

  6. Slyk says:


  7. Jack H says:


  8. Elliot says:

    woah thts so cool is it keira knightly? first 1?

  9. Jared says:

    It’s Michael Jackson I love these!

  10. Deuce says:

    squinting didn’t do much for me, but crossing my eyes made it pretty easy to figure out. I agree with you on the personal preference/appreciation bit..

  11. anon says:

    its michael Jackson

  12. Kered says:

    Saw it the moment I squinted my eyes. I won’t say who I think it is, as I don’t want to influence other people, but I am interested to see if anyone else gets the same result.

  13. mothertiggy says:

    thats really good i think i see who it is
    dont look if dont want to know

    is it micheal jackson ?

  14. steve says:

    Jakie Kennedy

  15. JDPower says:

    Spongebob Squarepants

  16. ali says:

    You know, titling the post the way you did gives it away. I knew it was MJ before I even clicked on the iGoogle thing because of knowing the song title. If you want to make it a secret/surprise/puzzle, don’t title your posts with the answer in them!

  17. alfabites says:

    It’s Whacko Jacko! :)

  18. Merrick says:

    I thought Jackie Kennedy too when I first saw it. But when I backed up and looked at it, I saw the piece of hair on the forehead. You never would have seen that on a portrait of Jackie Kennedy. So yeah, it’s Michael Jackson.

  19. Rick Haviland says:

    Michael Jackson

  20. Rick Haviland says:

    Where did all the portraits go? The ones that go along with the comments.

  21. I thought this would be good one but i put my mouse over it and it gave it away

  22. Jeanne says:

    Its MJ, wow thats awesome!

  23. Qbee37 says:

    Don’t need to squint or stand across the room. Just zoom out your browser. As it gets smaller it gets clearer.

  24. Janice says:

    MJ!! That was really cool (:

  25. liam says:

    i hate Michael Jackson good riddins hes gone !!!

  26. Wolfman2200 says:

    Oh ali, you’re such a smartass! And liam? I can’t wait when people can say the same thing about you.

  27. cindy says:

    RIP mj :(

  28. Tom says:

    “Black Or White” certainly is an appropriate title …

  29. Care Bear says:

    Black or white? With Michael it was hard to tell, too. Good on you.

  30. Neeve Coven says:

    King of Pop. Duh! Rest In Peace man! MJ

  31. Simon Woolcott says:

    Stand way back and you cant help but see it. Although I guessed who it was before the image loaded. Had something to do with the file name!!

  32. reese says:

    oh… wow mj WOO HOO lets party!! NOT

  33. ghjkil; says:

    okay lol at first i thought it was mona lisa but then put your mouse over it, it says “jackson2″.

  34. indiangrl says:

    i think all of you are wrong it is so obious that it is a bunch of black dots. i dunno where all of you got thease famous people???

  35. Edgar López says:

    Its Michael Jackson

  36. Kidsrock12347 says:

    I see dead people….jk!
    Mj was great to bad he past!

  37. Jade says:

    When I took my glasses off I could see MJ perfectly!!! When I squint my eyes I only see a face but I couldn’t recognize it, for people who has glasses take them off adn you’ll see!

  38. Leon says:

    OMG it’s Jesus!!

    no wait, it’s Paula Abdul

  39. cindy says:

    RIP MJ :(

  40. Selma Ozi Cahtarevic says:

    it’s MJ,:( <3 u mj 4 eveer

  41. Bikepacker67 says:

    Call me crazy, but it looks like Annette Funicello – looking slightly to my left.


  42. andrew says:

    michael jackson

  43. Digit says:

    Paula Abdul or Jackie O, or MJ …

  44. me says:

    Agree with Liam
    goodbye wacko jacko

  45. zinya says:

    Love the amount of people shouting ‘MJ’ and yet no one (not even Vurdlak) has said that this is how most printing works.
    Nice ‘optical illusion’, but -points for missing out that modern technology employs this process.

  46. Diz says:

    It’s quite easy to see this illusion if you scroll up and down while watching!

  47. liam says:

    wolfman good you may like wolves there my fav animal but micheal jackson is such a dumbass.
    so r u. and also people like and dislike and he is one of my dislikes. simple.

  48. colourdemon says:

    its definately michael jackson… awesome image!!!

  49. bloodymary says:

    yep, it must be michael jackson (i think)

  50. jojo says:

    Anyone know how to do this with photoshop or other similar program?

    Thanks ;)

  51. BOB says:

    Is that MJ????? HAWT

  52. syam says:

    wow!it’s amazing he’s mickel right

  53. Baha Miller says:

    It Micheal Jackson.. It also makes sense because it is called ” Black or White ” which is the same name as his Hit

  54. norlamy I cant see these but I did this time when I scrolled down

  55. Aweirdperson says:


  56. frostclaw21 says:

    omg Micheal Jackson R.I.P

  57. Jeremy says:

    when you take cursor on the image any you’ll read its name; “jackson2″ lol

  58. Oliver says:

    It’s a great picture and a great blog.
    Think about a presentation of my wordpress toplist.
    Thanks for a nice time.

  59. Grease says:

    Hit you ctrl + your – key.
    That will zoom out.
    Then you can really see him!

    Hit ctrl plus + key will zoom in.

  60. MOODY says:

    yup…. great image, great artist, singer and person. It’s great MJ


  61. iluv michael jackson says:

    O…M…G…THATS MICHAEL JACSON!. first you cannot see him but then if you read the responces and your brain gets the idea you can find it.

  62. iluv michael jackson says:

    oh and if you back up and look at it from far away it is a clear pic.!

  63. Amanda says:

    This is sooo cool its is mj!! thats awesome!!!

  64. Vanessa says:

    It is micheal jackson but actually i think you should earase that squinting part from your post i had to actually walk away from the computer to actually see it very clearly!

  65. Hendrixfan1995 says:

    Michael Jackson

  66. Haayleey xx says:

    If youu aree on a laptoop and tilt your screen all the waay down you can see its MJ! xx

  67. Jasmine says:


  68. Jasmine says:

    Um no offense but it says when you run your mouse over it.

  69. Jasmine says:

    OH i get it, doesn’t matter if your black or white!

  70. EmLeopard says:

    Omg! thats so cool!
    R.I.P MJ,
    Thanks for posting this! :D

  71. anon says:

    the dots are in different sizes

  72. jack says:

    R.I.P MJ

  73. chessalands says:

    Oh my gosh can this guy just die already?

    Haha I’m just kidding. That was mean :P I was never a fan of him but that’s all I think when I see his stuff everywhere.

    First glance at this illusion though, I thought it was Wynona Rider haha.

  74. cheychey says:

    woww mj!

  75. cheychey says:

    Cuz this is thriler!
    do you get it
    mj black or white song

  76. Ruthie Iorio says:

    Oh I see the dots are changed in size to trick the eye. Neat! I always try all these things like with Fredo’s 3d. I experimented with dots, its really amazing how it works but real tedious to do.

  77. Rhiannon says:

    I saw it.

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  80. Aadi says:

    I luv him!! =)

  81. Dave says:

    I took my glasses off and viewed it from a distance. I find this works with a lot of optical illusions, including the minimum information pixellated portraits of well-known folk where the face just seems to appear from nowhere, despite a distinct and obvious lack of visual information. How the brain produces this from a handful of squares is beyond me. Certainly seems to interpolate, creating a recognisable and viewable face from almost nothing! Weird and fascinating.

  82. Mia Bostic says:

    This is so cool, love it!

  83. gisele says:

    it MJ. I knew once i saw it. Not so challenging ;p

  84. emily says:

    i can see it freakishly clearly when i take of my glasses even without squinting….lucky me

  85. CissyDoraTrix says:

    Its MJ. I could see him clearly without even knowing it was a celebrity. :3

  86. ashley says:

    sandra bullick… just kidding! the king of pop!

  87. DD says:

    woah cool! wait, do u get it? black and white? michael jackson?

  88. Moonlight says:

    I saw MJ on the moment I found that picture! xD

  89. logstella says:

    omg that is so cool!!
    i cant beleive dat is mj!

    if u press ctrl_ then u will see him more clear

  90. GirlyGirl says:

    Michael Jackson.

  91. glittergirl says:

    its micheal jackson!!!!!!
    i just squinted :D

  92. Jenny says:

    Dave had the right idea. If you have glasses then look at it without them standing a bit back

  93. Melissa says:

    OMG It’s mj! Love his music.

  94. fofo says:

    MJ the king of pop!!!!!

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