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It was a long and busy weekend for me here. Just to keep you informed, I’m thinking of moving my office (where Mighty Optical Illusions website is maintained) to separate location from my own department. So even though there wasn’t much work on the site itself (for the last 3 days), the work being done still involved this site.

Anyway, for today I dug one of the Rob Gonsalves’s surreal paintings we missed posting before. In the same way Rob managed to fluidly transform his Ships into Aqueduct, as well as seamlesly merged Camels with Palm Trees, this time he pulled something simmilar with dancing couples. How many newly wed couples can you count in the picture below? On the other hand, how many pairs of curtains do you see? When you add all the courtains and all the couples together, is the number corresponding to the rel sum of white objects in this painting?

Dancing Wind Optical Illusion


38 Responses
  1. duncan says:

    Nice painting, but not an illusion. I guess that’s why they call it “surreal”.

  2. Care Bear says:

    I love pictures with grace and movement. Makes me wish I was there.

  3. lilgirl says:

    i see the people dancing i think its the curtains in the back by the people

  4. moses says:

    same sae duncan; the curtains do not resemble couples.

  5. moses says:

    same same i mean =-p

  6. Kevin says:

    I am not quite impressed by this painting.

    Meanwhile the others by him that you linked to were of high quality. (I especially liked the sailboat one)

  7. Johnson says:

    I have to disagree. The illusion here (to me) is clearly that we are led to believe there are more dancers because of the way the curtains are flowing. Much like Rob’s other painting in which we are led to believe there is more bridge than there actually is.

  8. Derek says:

    I am not sure what this is supose to be… where is the illusion

  9. dd says:

    this is a good illusion…i see 2 couples dancing
    and 6 pairs of curtains

  10. Polly says:

    This isn’t an illusion,rather just a nice surrealist style picture.Now Sundays was great.

  11. popesantaxiv says:

    That is very eerie.

  12. LOLA6969 says:

    Heeeey very good painting its a true illusion!!! hit’s the top!!

  13. Buddy says:

    How the h*ll do you get the rel sum

  14. Detective Kitty says:

    Although it gives off a illusion-like effect. This isn’t as interesting as some of his other works…

  15. Jess says:

    The curtain’s turn into the dancer’s. So yes, it is an illusion.

  16. Jenni says:

    i think its quite a good illusion – the 4th pair of dancers/5th curtain is hard to classify, and depends on what you’ve looked at prior

  17. Monxy says:

    You may say that it’s an illusion but ya know… I still think that Jacek Yerka is better surrealist

  18. herzmeister der welten says:

    I think the line between curtains and couples is quite clear. ;-)

  19. Jupiter says:

    I have to agree that I see a very clear line between the couples and the curtains. While there is similarity between the two I don’t think it is quite an illusion.

  20. Conni says:

    hmm… I see 3 couples dancing the lady in a white dress- and 5 pair of wihte cutains…8 white candellights…11 white pillar. I don’t understand the sum – it won’t work out ??

  21. Tim says:

    The idea is an M.C. Escher-esque slow transition from blowing curtains to dancing couples. It’s nice, and I appreciate it being posted, but it’s clear why Escher was the master. I see this as a tribute.

  22. Maria says:

    The curtains give the illusion of brides dancing with their grooms. So, in my opinion, it is an illusion. And, I do enjoy this picture, for the record.

  23. This is an illusion?? I can totally

  24. Those are curtains lol

  25. Someone says:

    The furthest curtain pairs resemble dancing couples
    but it’s a bit creepy…

  26. coolez says:

    There are actualy 2 people dancing if i see this in real life i woulf say COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Me says:

    Nice and sirene I like it.

  28. Mayra says:

    The curtains are seperated but as the windows progress the curtains are getting closer and closer until it is the dancing couple…(in the shape of a U) its not really an illusion more of a “story” two seperate entities becoming one… thats what i see from it.

  29. leklekpoo says:

    love it beautiful

  30. Grace says:

    How many newly wed curtains do you see? :)

  31. Nat says:

    i like this one. it’s pretty and kind of eerie

  32. MeEgAn GaLaNtE says:

    Thats so cool like the woman look like the curtains

  33. Makeymakeyyy says:

    Cool drawings. LOVE IT :D

  34. O.o says:

    The curtains in the very back resemble gowns, but i dont see the couples

  35. cupcake says:

    I think we’re the curtains are well in the middle were the window opens that’s were the dancers came out of (“o”)

  36. haley says:

    wow wierd

  37. Non of ur biz says:

    Cool:) I get it.the curtains r also couples.LOL.haha.funny ****

  38. Lexie says:

    That pic is soo not an illuisoin I don’t get it Terrible illuisoin

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