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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.

  • Anonymous

    that is NOT a tomato!!!

    i don’t get it!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pablo

    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

      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 …

  • Anonymous

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

  • Lindsey

    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…

  • Anonymous

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

  • ProfDave

    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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Antilos

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

  • Anonymous

    It’s a diamond

  • Anonymous

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

  • Dan

    I’m with ProfDave on this one…

  • molly

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

  • Jamie

    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.

  • HM


  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • PerfectPoodle


  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous


  • black tiger

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Facebook User

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

  • mag

    the green diamonds make the border!!!

  • dita

    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

  • lolipop101

    Um wait i missed the tomato part

  • clark

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

  • magdalene

    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.

  • w

    green lines in diamond go horizontal not vertical

  • coolkid mcawesome

    you can kinda see a diamond somehow…

  • look closer

    check the green to white ratio and pattern…

  • SiperIllusions

    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

  • Missy moo

    I see it!

  • Brittany

    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.

  • A

    I don’t get it….

  • doctor

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

  • jarrod norman

    They are tomatoes and the stem position is the key.

  • http://fantasytrue.com chris

    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.