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Buddhas Hollow Face Optical IllusionWhy is this Buddha smiling? Can anyone tell me? Last year, while I was on my Student journey to Greece, Santorini I saw exact copy of this awesome 3D “painting” in the shop window of some souvenir store. How amazed was I when I found this photo online. If I hadn’t experienced the effect in real life, I would never have noticed the original illusion it hides. I’ve browsed YouTube for a while, and found the clip I wanted to share. The hollow face Buddha illusion works like this: the face of the Buddha is 3D, which can be easily seen from the photo. What isn’t so obvious, is that the face is in fact concave (hollow). When you move around the sculptured painting (in real-life), you get the impression that Buddha is following you, turning it’s head in your direction, and always starring directly to your eyes. The effect is really amazing. The principle is similar to Little Dragon illusion, The Big Dragon Illusion, and few dozen more. Most examples can be found inside the Videos category. You might also wanna check Einstein’s Hollow Face video.

Buddhas Hollow Face Optical Illusion


27 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    this buddha looks scary

  2. Tim says:

    Nice! I have a little ‘dragon illusion’ thing staring at me right now – I love this kind of illusion.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ma Eat Choo!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amazing! I didn’t understood the Einstein version on this site (which BTW totally rocks) until now.

  5. girl with illusions says:

    Mr. Vurdlak i have a question for you. If i submit an illusion would you post it or would you be like “no way”?

  6. Faith Lyons says:

    seen it b4 (YAWN!) little disturbing freaks kids out a bit a little slim fast should do the trick.

  7. google says:

    Disneyland imagineers pioneered this technique on the Haunted Mansion ride about 40 years ago. There are busts on posts that watch you because they are concave.

  8. Kaillou says:

    No Way !!! So Cool !! I want my picture like that !!! ;)

  9. Anonymous says:

    watch this: in Carrara, Italy s-o-m-e-b-o-d-y’s watching you that way, too…

  10. Mei Xin says:

    They have those at Disney land except that they’re the faces of ghosts!

  11. Vivian! says:

    Great illusion, although somewhat politically incorrect; I don’t think Buddha was chubby, that’s a common misconception. (Or so I’ve been told – it’s possible I’m wrong…)

  12. the buddhist says:

    Vivian, you are right. Buddha fasted all the time and believed in a life of contemplation.
    Also for all of you who think that Buddhists believe in Buddha as God, you are incorrect, for he actually was an atheist.
    nice illusion

  13. Anonymous says:

    Have you ever heard about Leonardo da Vinci and his “Gioconda”?
    She always looks at you, turnin’ her eyes in your direction…
    (and Leonardo died in the 1519…)

  14. Anonymous says:

    hahaha. i love these things. my friend had one of a phero(is that how you spell it?) i stood infront of it moving around the room for ages.

  15. Tess says:

    This is amazing, does anyone know the name of a supplier where I can purchase one from?

  16. anon says:

    I’m Sorry but i have to say it was quite obvious that it was concave rather than convex or even flat, The position of the light and shadow on the top and sides of the head gave it away, Looks awesome never the less :)

  17. anonymous says:

    ive been a banana for tuesday night on thursday before

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  19. anthony kok says:

    can anyone tell me where I can buy this Buddha’ hollow face optical illusion?

  20. Yzzy says:

    This buddah is freaaaaky isn’t he supposed to bring peace and unselfishness to people? This one just brings me nightmares any way that lloookkks aaawwweeesssooommmeee

  21. sonicthehedgehogandcrush40fanxd says:

    I fell scared…

  22. cheychey says:

    budda follows you on the computer too! XD

  23. Angel says:

    They have the same kind of illusions at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World inside the Haunted Mansion. It’s really cool.

  24. G_Diddy says:

    Buddhism is more accurately called nontheistic than atheistic.

  25. Alvin says:

    Where did you buy this painting?

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