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I’m proud to announce that we have started the “Co-editors” beta project. As the title says, there will be some guest bloggers writing articles in the following weeks. The reason I started this, is because there are so many submissions and illusions on my hard drive, that I can’t manage to post them all. This way we’ll have multiple bloggers writing entires for this blog, which means more illusions for you. We already have our first guest blogger, but I’ll keep him a secret until he properly introduces himself. For now this will only be a beta project, but if it works as I imagined (and there is no reason why it shouldn’t), we’ll have more and more posts each day, and probably promote these guest bloggers to full time co-editors.

I would like to take this opportunity invite you, if you are natural in English language, and have experience with blogger. Contact me if you are interested in becoming guest blogger. It’s really simple. I’ll give you material (illusions), and you are free to write whatever feels right (explanation, review of the photo etc.). You can also compose your own stuff. Let’s see how this goes…

For today, I give you Mourits de Beer’s “Count the Spots” illusion variation. As I said, it is variation of very famous optical illusion, that was used many times, even in some commercials. As simple as the picture below seems, it hides mysterious orange spots (in the grid crossings). Your assignment is to count them. Can you manage? This is what Mourits said: “Another illusion I somehow found while messing around. I’m sure that I don’t need to explain”.

Count The Orange Spots Illusion


90 Responses
  1. Kitty cat says:

    Just count the red squares.
    i’ve seen like a 100 of these illusions, isnt there anything else?

  2. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! Abi xx's friend! says:

    first comment?!
    um… i see the spots but wenever i try focusing my eyes on them they disappear! they’re on most of the grid crossings but i dont no if they’re on all of them.
    someone help me out?

  3. Chuck75 says:

    that illusion again??? c’mon, this website is better than that!

  4. Nitai says:

    182 orange dots.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, not 182, 181 because you dont see a dot on the point your focusing on.

    Well, actually 0 dots. Its just an illusion =P.

    P.S. yes i made it

  6. Anonymous says:

    i aer colourblind, this one doesn’t work for me. interesting, but thats the only interesting thing about this recycled illusion. come on, give us some real stuff

  7. Jan says:

    Nitai si right. There are 182 dots, one of them in each cross. 13*14=182

  8. Anonymous says:

    uhm…I don’t see any orange dots

  9. zRo.ToLeRaNcE says:

    Why count something that’s not there?

  10. Brian says:

    maybe its all the drugs ive taken but i only see random dots scattered

  11. DJ says:

    Give ‘em a break. If you don’t like the published illusions – go find your own and submit them!

    I’m tired of the complaints – love the site, love the illusions – even the ones similar to others.

    Keep up the good work and good luck on the guest blogger/co-editor project!

  12. Jean says:

    I don’t feel so bad. I’m not the only one who doesn’t see orange dots. Bur I am sure they are there, but where?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I don’[t get it. Are we counting the orange squares? I count 14 across and 15 down. When I look at any orange square, it doesn’t disappear. What is supposed to happen?

  14. Alexandra says:

    I don’t think there are any spots at all.
    It’s a game our eyes play.

  15. ctaf says:

    there is no orange dot in this picture !!

  16. Anonymous says:

    boooring. come on you can do better than this. your website is great!!!!

  17. Other says:

    also, if u stare at the picture long enough and look somewhere blank, like the wall,ull see the picture in reverse, with cyan squares and red crossings

  18. Anonymous says:

    this gave me a headache. no more of these please.

  19. Anonymous says:

    they are red…¬¬ n btw..its 210..

  20. Anonymous says:

    there are 182 orange dots =)

  21. Not At School Anymore says:

    Wow thats alot of dots i would never have the patience needed to count all of those, yet for my exam i counted the ceiling tiles but thats a diffrent story!

  22. Vandigo says:

    The illusion dots actually look green to me for some reason . . . I’m betting its just my vision being messed up and all though.

    You can’t count the dots anyways, because they aren’t there.

  23. Anonymous says:

    to tell you all the truth i see one…if i focus on the center then i see one really big in the middle like with only the 10 blocks in each corner not included in it.

  24. Sam says:

    to tell you the truth i see only one big dot. when i focus in the middle all of it is orange except the 10 squares in each corner

  25. Anonymous says:

    there r none

  26. weirdoux says:

    yup………… there is no orange dots in that pic. it’s red dots.

    focus is the right answer!!!

  27. AK says:

    there r 15 down and 9 across, therefore there are 135 dots.

  28. AK says:

    wait im confused orange dots or red squares?

  29. Woolf says:

    …I agree, there are exactly 182 orange dots, some of them are visible, some of them not, because they dissapear and then they are there again

  30. Anonymous says:

    What the hell? I don’t get it.

  31. Rajiv says:

    common stop calling this column as Might Optical Illusion ..how abt silly run of the mill illusion ….really disappointed with the kind of stuff thats coming up these days ..GUYS PLEASE REINVENT

  32. Shauzia says:


  33. apalicious says:

    i don’t see any orange squares

  34. i roxter says:

    dude i dont see any orange dots!….

  35. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear oh dear, there are no orange spots. Why are people putting down how many they can count? I know how/why the illusion works but am not going to bother explaining the internal workings of the human eye and the signals it sends to the brain when confronted with an image like this. Yes I can see orange spots. But the question is how many orange spots are there? The answer is none. Live with it, deal with it!

  36. Anonymous says:

    99 orange spots

  37. Anonymous says:

    eh, Ive’ seen this one. good site though.

  38. Anonymous says:

    i dont know if it’s just me….but when i cross my eyes and stare at it, i feel VERY strange

  39. Anonymous says:

    Idk how, but I can see the spots, even patches of them, when I focus on them… Strange..

  40. Anonymous says:

    You can see the dots its just when you look at the orange dots they turn blue and when you dont look at them they are orange. If you dont see them then it means your stupid or color blind.

  41. Anonymous says:

    All I know is…is that there are 210 squares.

  42. amit says:

    there are 182 dots….
    but all iilusion at a time u dont see all…
    its just maths involved with the illusion isnt it?

  43. Anonymous says:

    cool that is so so so so so so so much cool i have to go tell my mom my dad and my sister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    182 but you can also se the ones off the illusion when you are counting the side ooo so do we count those too?

  45. Anonymous says:

    i do not see any orange spots, instead i see vertical gray/blue lines running down the middle of the red squares

  46. Samantha says:


  47. PaperMoon says:

    LOL! There are no orange dots there! I don’t see any!

  48. Emma says:

    I didnt see anything !!

  49. Koolie says:

    I see squares and some dots on them

  50. UnIcOrN says:

    YaY It OnLy WoRkS FoR BlAcK AnD WhItE

  51. Columbine says:

    i counted 210 spots …. i think im right, no ?

  52. Sputnik1 says:

    Um there can only be 182, I guess you can’t count

    • me123987645 says:

      they can count, except they are counting the squares not dots (they can’t read descriptions/titles though).

  53. Michael says:

    There isn’t any at all.
    It jest looks like it.

  54. Monika says:

    I don’t see any spots…

  55. EddieJayFrezko says:

    There isn’t any orange spots it just seems like it. There’s “178″ of them.

  56. Frank says:

    just relax and they will appear on the blue grid.

  57. coolkid mcawesome says:

    their there! just in bad quality

  58. awesom says:

    oh i see them but how the heck could u count them they vanish

  59. Hehehe. I can read your mind!!! says:

    Yeah. there are definately 210. times the side by the top thing

  60. jorjeea says:

    272 SQUARES, but no dots.

  61. tary says:

    i know its 210…………..

  62. Brassrhino says:

    It is, by Fact, 156.

  63. bloodaq says:

    Yes it is , 182 spots… 13 vertical lines and 14 horizontal lines…. 13*14 = 182 ;)

  64. kyra says:

    there aren’t any orange spots there are RED SQUARES!!!!!!!!

  65. Nikolai says:

    You guys happen to be mistaking the squares for spots.

    It takes a while to notice, but after a certain amount of time staring at the picture, you’ll see orange spots appearing on the intersections of the blue lines.

    I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s talking about.

  66. yoman says:

    182 for sure

  67. hello1 says:

    There is no orange dots.. That is the illusion! :D

  68. kimmy says:

    actually there is 210 squares and 156 orange spots all of yall need glases

  69. aAmanda Willey says:

    I can’t. It’s hurting my eyes, making me dizzy, and headache inducing >.<

  70. STEVE says:

    195 dots is what i get from it

  71. STEVE says:

    oops i meant 182 dots

  72. STEVE says:

    that is if their were orange dots

  73. Booker says:

    No orange dots, just your eyes playing tricks – which is the point of the illusion!

  74. Bosh says:

    i can’t see any orange spots O.o

  75. Abisso says:

    If there was an orange dot at every intersection, there would be 14×13=182.

    But I guess the illusion is that there actually are NO orange dots at all.

  76. Dawn says:

    210 squares counted both sides 14*15=210

  77. Ellinor says:

    210 squares
    182 dots

  78. chance says:

    15 times 15 = 210

  79. San says:

    I can’t see any orange spots no matter how much I stare.. am I color blind?

  80. tushar says:

    210 orange blocks…..

  81. dreamtheif says:

    I dont see anything but red squares…wheres the illusion

  82. Joseph says:

    I counted 0

  83. CSL says:

    It’s there! Look closely. Try to move your eyes from the red to blue then to red again continuously. There will be a slight orange dots in the out corners of the squares. It will be gone and appear again.

  84. Orphan Ninja says:

    Actually its 210 orange blocks 14 x 15 = 210

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