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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.


  • Kahlúa Macarena

    that was soooooo cool!

  • Chris

    haha wicked love this site

  • ka-ra-te-ha-ha

    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 :)

    • backtothepresent

      it’s fore chief, not 4. as in, ‘fore (before) you’re hit in the head.

  • Calvin

    it look like one of those baseball cards

  • matt

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

  • mark

    sweeeeeet!!!

  • crappy pants

    i almost peed myself it was so cool!

  • Hai

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

  • purple momo

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

  • katy

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

  • M 2 the H O

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

  • Nintendog

    O my eyes!

  • Sir Loin

    fricken sweet. dude, where’s my llama?

  • Excite the exciting excite

    OMFG that is so weird!

  • bean

    wowww that really messes with your eyes!!!

  • Shaun

    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!

  • SuperDuperMoocherMan

    WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  • JJ

    JJ get Headache, JJ dizzy…

  • the pink panther

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

  • A random person

    I quite agree with chris……

  • hehehe

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

  • thomas

    it works if u lean left and right 2

  • alien803

    it do that anyway

  • Yellow banana

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

  • MenteTravieza

    Awesome!
    Love it!!!

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Tori

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    wow! it wiggles!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!!

    wow, thats really kl!!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    That’s probably the coolest illusion EVAR

  • Anonymous

    That’s beyond amazing.

  • jannae8

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Danger Machine

    neat

  • Anonymous

    Huh?! Made me feel dizzy for a while.

  • Taylor

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

  • Anonymous

    thats awsome

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Krystle

    omg that was so cooool!

  • Flying Ferron

    insane

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    BLINK BLINK BLINK WAS THAT REAL OR A HAZE?

  • Yasir

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

  • My name?

    Tell me, is my vision normal?!

  • Anonymous

    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

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

      Thanks.

  • peter

    there is nothing cool about this. very WEIRD

  • dennis

    hypnotic

  • Mii

    that waz weird

  • awesom

    weird it is flowing in all directions luv it

  • batafa

    cool but too much baby staffs

    be more creative innovative

  • gggfefqgr

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
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  • gggfefqgr

    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.!.!.!.!

  • Guido de Mossimo

    i was like F in hell man

  • lol

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

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