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By on February 12, 2007, with 41 Comments

Hey guys and gals, see what I found while browsing the web! Do you like tomatoes? If you do, you’ll adore this bouncing tomato in the picture below. While starring at it, I experienced some great effects, but when I observed the picture from really close, I couldn’t find any visible border! How does it work? Can someone help? I realize it works in a same way as this hologram (pretty similar illusion), but with this one I just can’t get any clue. Try moving your head in all directions, and the tomato diamond just keeps changing shapes. Great! I really enjoyed it, hope you like it as well.

Bouncing Tomato Illusion


41 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    that is NOT a tomato!!!

    i don’t get it!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Pablo says:

    mmmm in spanish:
    No hay ninguna division lineal, lo que pasa es que en el centro del dibujo, la separación de los “tomates” pasa de ser “Vertical=Verde Horizontal=Blanco” a “Vertical=Blanco Horizontal=Verde” por eso da la senzacion de una linea divisoria…


    sorry for writing in spanish, but i form Chile.

    • thacheesegal says:

      There is no linear division, what happens is that in the center of the drawing, the separation of “tomatoes” happens to be “Green Horizontal Vertical = = White” to “Horizontal Vertical = White = Green” so gives senzacion of a dividing line …

  3. Anonymous says:

    the green bars in the diamond go hoizontaly and out the diamond they go vertical and vice versa for the white

  4. Lindsey says:

    There is no linear division, what happens is that in the center of the drawing, the separation of the “tomatos” happens to be “Vertical=green, Horizontal=white” to “Vertical=white Horizontal=green” for that reason gives a sensation of a dividing line…

  5. Anonymous says:

    IT IS NOT A TOMATO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. ProfDave says:

    Well, the guy who posted this definitely has better drugs than I.

    I really didn’t get much out of it.

    Yes, there’s a round shape in the center but it doesn’t bounce or move at all. So what. I certainly could get it to change shapes whilst moving my head from side to side and up and down. And I really did smoke a joint before trying any of this!

  7. Anonymous says:

    ok………..not a tomato…..and not bouncing!!!
    but still pretty weird…..

  8. Antilos says:

    i’m trying to catch it …tomato, better to say a vicious circle… it’s moving

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s a diamond

  10. Anonymous says:

    You were wondering about the visible borders.
    A clue: look at the white and green x’s in between.

  11. Dan says:

    I’m with ProfDave on this one…

  12. molly says:

    i dont find this one that intersting its a bit boring! you know i have seen better oh and Hola Pablo!!

  13. Jamie says:

    Just stared at this to see the “tomato”. Didn’t see it, but if you stare at the very centre orange, it starts to fade between orange and red and back again. Throb even :-) Weird.

  14. Anonymous says:

    If you look closely at the edges of the diamond, you can see a lighter yellow line, most visible by the red circles.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I assume this one plays with the color receptors in the eyes. When viewed with the proper color temperature, there is a diamond which appears to “move” as your eyes focus on the image. If the color temperatures are adjusted so there is less contract between the orange and red circles, it appears as more of a circle that doesn’t do much. Hence some of the comments noted above.

  16. PerfectPoodle says:


  17. Anonymous says:

    If you look closely at the midle “tomatoes” the slightly squashed giving the effect

  18. Anonymous says:

    if you look closely the green and white in the middle changes directions causing it to look like its moving

  19. Anonymous says:


  20. black tiger says:

    That is so cool. when I moved my head in all directions, the tomatoes in the diamond would move!! creepy.

  21. Anonymous says:

    i don’t get it, i can’t see anything that looks like a tomato

  22. Anonymous says:

    the trick is the green and white lines connecting the red dots, look at how they are alligned, lumberjack out.


    this is pretty obvious

    there’s no line

    what makes the diamond pops is that the red shapes are different from the others around it
    look at it very carefully

  24. Facebook User says:

    I think supposed to be a bunch of Tomatoes joined together, but overall the illusion is a good one.

  25. mag says:

    the green diamonds make the border!!!

  26. dita says:

    i think the red circles are supposed to look like its moving, but its only possible if you’re stressed. (or so i’ve read). It’s said that most grown-ups can see them move rather than kids..hehe

  27. lolipop101 says:

    Um wait i missed the tomato part

  28. clark says:

    kinda simple the green diamonds and the white Xs make it seem like a new shape but its just changing directional flow.

  29. magdalene says:

    on the edge, the red shapes are diamonds, as one moves toward the middle their edges are popped out and rounded. The change is gentle enough to not be noticed when one attempts to focus on individual red shapes. Its like watching a kettle boil. Some people see it, some don’t.

  30. w says:

    green lines in diamond go horizontal not vertical

  31. coolkid mcawesome says:

    you can kinda see a diamond somehow…

  32. look closer says:

    check the green to white ratio and pattern…

  33. SiperIllusions says:

    Ive seen this type of illusioon before… IOt was made by having the tomatoes and oranges in a slightly oval shape and then rotating it to create as what your mind percieves as a diamond

  34. Missy moo says:

    I see it!

  35. Brittany says:

    okay look at the middle of the bottom and find the first green x. Then go up past the next four and look at the fifth one. It is still a green x but it is turned as well as the white x’s. The green change like this: X – >< – X. All of the middle is like this.

  36. A says:

    I don’t get it….

  37. doctor says:

    they just cut-out a square in the centre and flipped it 90 degrees. also the ‘circles’ are not really round.

  38. jarrod norman says:

    They are tomatoes and the stem position is the key.

  39. chris says:

    Apart from the green horizontal lines in the centre, you’ll also notice that the centre tomatos do not have a black dot on top.

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