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jackson1Today’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.


  • Fva

    Michael Jackson

  • http://www.webd.dk Hoffmann

    It’s MJ!

  • chiguagua46

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

  • lr

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

  • TheAntiVillain

    i see Michael Jackson

  • Easy Spotter

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

  • Slyk


  • Jack H


  • Elliot

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

  • Jared

    It’s Michael Jackson I love these!

  • Deuce

    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..

  • anon

    its michael Jackson

  • http://www.flickr.com/merlin1487 Merlin


  • Kered

    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.

  • mothertiggy

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

    is it micheal jackson ?

  • steve

    Jakie Kennedy

  • JDPower

    Spongebob Squarepants

  • ali

    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!

  • alfabites

    It’s Whacko Jacko! :)

  • Merrick

    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.

  • Rick Haviland

    Michael Jackson

  • Rick Haviland

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jakey-ONeill/100000110701193 Jakey O’Neill

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

  • Jeanne

    Its MJ, wow thats awesome!

  • Qbee37

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

  • Janice

    MJ!! That was really cool (:

  • liam

    i hate Michael Jackson good riddins hes gone !!!

  • Wolfman2200

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

  • cindy

    RIP mj :(

  • Tom

    “Black Or White” certainly is an appropriate title …

  • Care Bear

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

  • Neeve Coven

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

  • Simon Woolcott

    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!!

  • reese

    oh… wow mj WOO HOO lets party!! NOT

  • ghjkil;

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

  • http://indiangirl@gmail.com indiangrl

    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???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edgar-Lpez/100000125785241 Edgar López

    Its Michael Jackson

  • Kidsrock12347

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

  • Jade

    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!

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  • Leon

    OMG it’s Jesus!!

    no wait, it’s Paula Abdul

  • cindy

    RIP MJ :(

  • Selma Ozi Cahtarevic

    it’s MJ,:( <3 u mj 4 eveer

  • Bikepacker67

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


  • andrew

    michael jackson

  • Digit

    Paula Abdul or Jackie O, or MJ …

  • me

    Agree with Liam
    goodbye wacko jacko

  • zinya

    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.

  • Diz

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

  • liam

    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.

  • naja


    • Sherin

      yes. Michael Jackson. You can also see him by blinking rapidly.

    • happydoodle

      or squint ur eyes it works better wen u squint

  • http://www.colourdemon.jimdo.com colourdemon

    its definately michael jackson… awesome image!!!

  • bloodymary

    yep, it must be michael jackson (i think)

  • jojo

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

    Thanks ;)

  • BOB

    Is that MJ????? HAWT

  • syam

    wow!it’s amazing he’s mickel right

  • Baha Miller

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

  • http://www.signarama-pdxdowntown.com/ Michael Portland

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

  • Aweirdperson


  • http://yahoo.com frostclaw21

    omg Micheal Jackson R.I.P

  • Jeremy

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

  • http://wptop50.de Oliver

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

  • http://tattoosfromgrease.com Grease

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

    Hit ctrl plus + key will zoom in.


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


  • http://moillusions.com emily

    is it elvis?

  • kent


  • iluv michael jackson

    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.

  • iluv michael jackson

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Vanessa

    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!

  • Hendrixfan1995

    Michael Jackson

  • Haayleey xx

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

  • Jasmine


  • Jasmine

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

  • Jasmine

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

  • EmLeopard

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

  • anon

    the dots are in different sizes

  • http://facebook.com francis panganinban jr.

    my god!michael jackson!!!!!

  • jack

    R.I.P MJ

  • chessalands

    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.

  • cheychey

    woww mj!

  • cheychey

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

    • Melissa

      OMG It’s mj. Love his music!

  • Ruthie Iorio

    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.

  • Rhiannon

    I saw it.

  • Monica


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  • Aadi

    I luv him!! =)

  • Dave

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mia-Bostic/721296421 Mia Bostic

    This is so cool, love it!

  • gisele

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

  • emily

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

  • CissyDoraTrix

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

  • ashley

    sandra bullick… just kidding! the king of pop!

  • http://www.luciphurrsimps.com DD

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

  • Moonlight

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

  • logstella

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

    if u press ctrl_ then u will see him more clear

  • GirlyGirl

    Michael Jackson.

  • glittergirl

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

  • Jenny

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

  • Melissa

    OMG It’s mj! Love his music.

  • fofo

    MJ the king of pop!!!!!