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By on April 17, 2006, with 64 Comments

Allright, stare intently at the red dot in the center of the left block for a minute. Once you’ve done this, look over to the center of the right square. It should act weird – by fading out and ‘flickering’. If you move your head closer and further from the monitor (while focussing in the center), you should see some interesting interference effects too. This optical Illusions does the same to you, as the “Baby Illusion”, “Vanishing Haze”, “Disappearing Dots” and “Disappearing Colors” normally do.

Disappearing Act Illusion

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64 Responses
  1. Kahlúa Macarena says:

    that was soooooo cool!

  2. Chris says:

    haha wicked love this site

  3. ka-ra-te-ha-ha says:

    omg!!! that’s like the time i was hit in the head with a golf ball, it really hurt, the guy yelled FOUR!!!, but i guess i didn’t hear him……………………… other than that this thing is soooooooooo fricken cool!! and wicked too… lol :)

  4. Calvin says:

    it look like one of those baseball cards

  5. matt says:

    WOW!!! I was soooo amazed, i’ve never seen anything like that before! Cool!!! :)

  6. mark says:

    sweeeeeet!!!

  7. crappy pants says:

    i almost peed myself it was so cool!

  8. Hai says:

    whoa its like all hazy and waving and fading(did all those words just rhyme?) =)

  9. purple momo says:

    OMG!!!!!! SOOOOOOOO WIERD!!!!!!!!

  10. katy says:

    wow it was like the picture was moving but it wasn’t

  11. M 2 the H O says:

    that was CLASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nintendog says:

    O my eyes!

  13. Sir Loin says:

    fricken sweet. dude, where’s my llama?

  14. Excite the exciting excite says:

    OMFG that is so weird!

  15. bean says:

    wowww that really messes with your eyes!!!

  16. Shaun says:

    This illusion has everything to do with how memory is stored in the brain. See, unlike computers, our memories overlap, and we tend to store only one memory of one thing. Also unlike computers, the brain only needs a little bit of information to recall a complete memory. This is how we’re able to recognise people after many years, and if they’re wearing sunglasses. So you stare at the first image and your brain builds a memory of it. When you look at the second image, because in most respects the two images are alike, your brain simply recalls the first image. See, there is enough information from the second image to remind your brain of the first, but at the same time the second image is different enough to confuse you. It becomes a battle between what your eyes are actually looking at, and what your brain is trying to recall. Makes you wonder about your perception of the real world vs what’s actually there!

  17. SuperDuperMoocherMan says:

    WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  18. JJ says:

    JJ get Headache, JJ dizzy…

  19. the pink panther says:

    holy cow!!! that was soooooooooo awsome!!! but after about 40seconds of intent staring it put me 2 sleep!
    but i still loved it!

  20. A random person says:

    I quite agree with chris……

  21. hehehe says:

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. thomas says:

    it works if u lean left and right 2

  23. alien803 says:

    it do that anyway

  24. Yellow banana says:

    it turns……………. BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. MenteTravieza says:

    Awesome!
    Love it!!!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That was the first optical illusion that worked for me! I really like how it did that thing, you know, and then it when all…. well, you get the point. It was coolio.

  27. Tori says:

    It is just me or does it turn 3D? BTW, Shaun, thanks for that interesting information.

  28. Anonymous says:

    that woz SOOO wieeeyyyerrddd dude! hahahaha, makes ya think init folks? THANKS FOR THAT VITALLY IMPORTANt information SHAUN hahaha, makes you wonder if you’re staring at a computer screen or if you just dreaming….or fainted….or sitting on the toilet doing a might BIG POOO lol

  29. Anonymous says:

    yeah umm i dont get this what is this to yooh i mean like does it move os summun

  30. Anonymous says:

    wow! it wiggles!

  31. Anonymous says:

    it didnt even take me a minute..more like 35 seconds

  32. Anonymous says:

    Move your head around in a circle after looking at the first square and it has a better effect.

  33. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

    wow, thats really kl!!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Wow. that works… its so cool… and wierd!

  35. Anonymous says:

    HII that is weird i had the effect that it changed colors…

  36. Anonymous says:

    Funny how shaun is completely wrong… your brain is not building an image of it in your head, it’s just your eyes adjusting, creating an afterimage.

    the neurons in your retina will individually adjust their sensitivity to light based on what ammount of light they are currently exposed to. (you notice this effect when you stare into a red light for awhile and when you look away there is a cyan impression of it in your vision.)

    when they adjust, it takes a bit of time for them to adjust back to “normal”, and this is where the effect comes from. the neat shakiness of this particular afterimage illusion comes from the design that allows for interference between your afterimage and the second image.

  37. Anonymous says:

    That’s probably the coolest illusion EVAR

  38. Anonymous says:

    That’s beyond amazing.

  39. jannae8 says:

    That one was so call how did they do that its awsom

  40. Anonymous says:

    lol that give me a head ache but im going to look at it again when it goes xD

  41. Danger Machine says:

    neat

  42. Anonymous says:

    Huh?! Made me feel dizzy for a while.

  43. Taylor says:

    ka-ra-te-ha-ha, its spelt fore not four

  44. Anonymous says:

    thats awsome

  45. Anonymous says:

    i don t need to look the first one!!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    WOW! That was to totally awesome! And number seventeen, thanks for that explination ^_^ You smart, xDD (And yes i ment to put you lol)

  47. Krystle says:

    omg that was so cooool!

  48. Flying Ferron says:

    insane

  49. Anonymous says:

    WHOA!!!!! Now that’s cooooooool!!!

  50. Anonymous says:

    BLINK BLINK BLINK WAS THAT REAL OR A HAZE?

  51. Yasir says:

    It’s was so so so cool!!!! i love it…..

  52. My name? says:

    Tell me, is my vision normal?!

  53. Anonymous says:

    HI EVERY1 tHIS IS SO NOT COOL
    THAT IS WEIRD BUT RUBBISH
    I’VE SEEN BETTER ON THIS SITE I’M SO
    LEAVING DUDES LUV YA
    SKYE OUT

    • Anonplz says:

      Seriously? You don’t have to hate. Just shut up and enjoy the entertainment.

      Thanks.

  54. peter says:

    there is nothing cool about this. very WEIRD

  55. dennis says:

    hypnotic

  56. Mii says:

    that waz weird

  57. awesom says:

    weird it is flowing in all directions luv it

  58. batafa says:

    cool but too much baby staffs

    be more creative innovative

  59. gggfefqgr says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
    \ /\ / | /||||| |/ | |||\
    \/ \/ | | |\ | | |
    \||||| |||/

  60. gggfefqgr says:

    that bunch of scribbles is ment to say wicked with an I instead of a E because the scribbles, when i was writing it, it said wickid.!.!.!.!

  61. Guido de Mossimo says:

    i was like F in hell man

  62. lol says:

    why don you stare at the right picture and you see that the red dot is dissapearing

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