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By on November 3, 2010, with 53 Comments

Chema Madoz is a Spanish photographer whose work we featured some years ago. Mr. Madoz creates beautiful black-and-white images that can be looked-at for hours! There are dozens of them available, but few of them contain that illusory atmosphere – those are the ones I present you with today. Remember, none of his photographs were digitally manipulated to create the effect. What I like most about Madoz’s work, is how well he manages to execute the simple ideas. Sometimes we may forget how re-thinking and re-imagining a problem can create such an amazing results. Check out these two photos below… Can you easily spot the illusion they hide?

  • Kris

    Wow… those are really cool! I love them! :D


    • claudia

      i know is cool the second one

  • A Snail

    I’m guessing the first one at a glance is honey or some thick liquid being dripped onto the spoon (but is reality is just the handle)

    The second looks like water defracting the spoon (but is really a bent spoon going through a lid of a can)

    Nicely done though, the first one in the windows gadget really does look like a drop of liquid being poored onto the spoon.

    • Honey

      I would never get it :) . . . thanks, . . and it’s actually so simple

    • That’s what she

      Thanks a bunch indeed! I thought it wás something like honey in the first one, and a spoon in water…

    • Bryce

      Snail, you’re exactly right. I’m not sure I would have ever gotten that, but now that you point it out, it’s obvious. Kudos!

    • Josh

      Wow, both of them totally mislead me…

    • Jazagod

      not a bent spoon, but cut in two ;) nice effect :)

    • http://jazelyn.weebly.com jazelyn

      to me, the first one looked like a lady. a lady with lips and no nose and eyes… and the second one? i don’t what it is.

    • Dolphin

      I agree with you,A Snail.It does seem like what you said,er,typed,makes sense.I like the illusions in it,though.

    • nadine

      whoa!!! i never thought of that dude! :D nice!

    • im cool like that

      i knew the first one was a handle of a spoon… !!!

  • Blaise Pascal

    OK, I figured out the first one. I think the second one is just what it looks like (that’s the illusion), but I’m not sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Bergfelder/1666075707 David Bergfelder

    first is the spoon handle pretending to be a drop of liquid
    second is a tin can lid pretending to be the water ripple

  • Jason

    The first one is a face…

    • Alex Gallardo ⎝⏠⏝⏠⎠

      I see a face too!! but the second.. ahmm I just see a spoon in a glass of water..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eugenia-Ng/100001204056632 Eugenia Ng

      yeah and i was like is it just me or does the first image resemble a smiling face?

    • Random

      Actually, the second pic is a spoon cut in half with a soup can lid or something in between the two halves it. I dunno what the first one is, tho

  • Bryce

    I think the first one is a smile (nose and lips). I don’t see anything other than the refraction in the second one.

  • fred

    The two spoons (assuming thats what they are) look like a face, i.e. nose and mouth. Lovely !

  • BlindCupid

    The first one:
    There is no liquid, it is actually the other end of another spoon

    The second one:
    There is no water, the surface of the water is the lid of a can.

  • JMAN12

    I don’t know what I’m supposed to see! |(

  • Denise

    The 1st is the handle of the spoon looking like a drop of water (or quicksilver). 2nd one is a can lid trapped on the angled sides of the glass with parts of the spoon attached (or perhaps just propped) to make it look like water refracting the spoon.

    (On the gadget, I thought it was a face with the handle being the nose and the spoon bowl a smile.)

  • Lee

    i thought the first one was supposed to look like an eyeless smiling face. The drop was the nose. I didn’t get the second one…in the post you used the words “illusion they HIDE”, I thought they were double-image photos.

  • Brian

    The second one is a broken spoon and a top of a soup can or something.

  • ZL123

    Very cool! I agree with A Snail.

  • SnowBerey

    OMG THATS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! i also agree with snail

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Foss/572647761 Terry Foss

    The first one is obviously the end of a spoon acting like a drop of medicine or something thick, the second one is the top of a broken spoon on a can lid that is acting as what is sopposed to look like water, the can lid is making the shadow that looks like the spoon bottom..

  • ohmygosh

    wow! I had no idea what the illusion was until i read the comments! That is sooooo smart!

  • HeXdot

    I think everyone got the first one.
    And the can/water-surface illusion is also clear by now.

    But I am wondering if the spoon in the second image is actually a real spoon or something else.
    It looks too dark and the shape is weird.

    But no idea what it could be? Help me out.

    • Dolphin

      HeXdot,I’ve seen darkly colored spoons a lot before.And,remember,he said it was in black and white.

  • Davor

    I thought the first one is suppose to be a smiley face with a drop. Now after reading the comments, I see it’s another spoon.

    I didn’t get the second one until after reading the comments. Now I see it’s a lid of a can. Very good illusions since I coudln’t tell what it was.

  • ali

    Thtat’s neat it took me a few moments to realize the first one wasn’t actually a drop of liquid.

  • Valerie

    Love these, I got the first one and ‘Snail’is right from the windows gadget it does fool you completely and look like liquid dripping. The second image I had to look at the comments to find the answer. Really clever, love it.

  • Mr Illusion

    the water in both the pictures is not actually water!!

  • Griffin

    The first one is not liquid at all. its a spoon handle.

    The second one is a can lid inside a glass with a spoon that was attached to it.

  • Helena Bruce

    Nice one. I figured out the first one, but the second one threw me until I read A Snail’s comments. Thanks :-)

  • some optical illusion adect

    yeah Snail

  • some optical illusion adect

    LOL thats sooooo Clever!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bokoro

    If you look at Chema Madoz’s picture of a needle puling thead the image will move as your eyes trace the string.

  • Richard Haviland

    Have to agree with A Snail. They are really good illusions…….

  • Tony

    The first is the front end of a spoon & the back end of one.

    The second one is the front end of a spoon & the back end of one.

    Both in different perspectives.


    That is awesome!!

  • Somebody

    The first picture seems like a nose and mouth.

    The second picture seems like the spoon is broken, but it’s just bent.

  • John K

    In reading the description Vurdlak provided…I think it must be he (gifted one s/he is!) I must take issue with the statement these photographs are not “digitally manipulated”. What does that mean? Certainly one could arrange a background, two spoons or a glass of liquid, refracting light source to darken the liquid’s surface and simple photo angle will give the impression to our eyes of the split spoon…but NOT digitally manipulated? Of course they are. Simply doing the things I listed above are manipulations to satisfy the requirements of any camera lens, digital or not. I think what is intended to be conveyed: No Post Photographic Means were Used to Create the Illusion. That I believe…and it makes the images no less impressive. Wonderful stuff as always.

  • kurt

    if there wasn’t water in the second picture it wouldn’t magnify like it does. i can see the can lid but there has to be water in it.

  • Ryanna

    snail i toatally get it now you are aboolutely right

  • A BiG CrAzY MaN

    Its A Lady smiling in the first one its not that scientific a snail And the second one is another girl if you turn it sideways DUHHHH

    • Pants

      i thought it was rather obvious, but some I guess some idiots like.. *coughabigcrazyman* ah.. some idiots CAN hallucinate what should’ve been a good illusion into.. something stupid :]

      A girl if you turn it sideways? bullshiz


    this works with penis too

  • Gandy

    It’s obvious…

    There is no spoon, the spoon is a lie.

  • Bev Asmutis

    The obvious is not always so apparent.

  • http://www.jokezone.in Jokezone

    Nice… Very Nice..