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If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color – pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you’re lucky! It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don’t disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see.

  • germaine

    it is probably our eyes tat r not payin’ attention to it.

  • Ransinave loliterashi

    eye trk yar…..

  • Alex M.

    There is a cycle of pink ones disappearing one at a time like you see when you watch from the side. I know this because I screen captured several times to figure this out. So one does disappear at a time when you cycle around the circle, but they don’t all disappear. That part really is an illusion.

  • Katie

    Wow.. wierd.

  • lalalolo

    taht was kinda kreepy

  • maddy

    good timepass

  • serenekaos

    There’s no trick, it really is just one pink dot disappearing at a time. What happens is if you stare at a single image long enough, you will “burn” it into your vision and you will start singing the inverted imagine on top. Try this with a solid bright colored shape. Stare at it hard for 30 seconds, then look at a white wall, you’ll see the shape, but with an inverted color.

    Next, by burning the inverted pink dots into your vision, and swapping between the pink and neutral gray, your brain fills in the gaps, but the two inverted colors (pink and green) cancel out to make the gray (which happens to be the background). The dots then disappear, except for the pink dot that is currently not there. Since there’s no pink to cancel the green, you see the green dot!

  • Ciarán

    When I moved my head after wards I could see a green circle spiralling off to the side. Was cool

  • blablabla

    dat was freakin nang!!!

  • woah

    That was amazing. It freaked me out cos I actually couldn’t see it!!

  • Hai

    works perfectly 4 me………amazing!!!

  • no one important

    ok.. here’s the deal.. it’s not disappearing. the whole circle of dots is rotating so fast you can’t tell the difference. and yes the green dot, that shade of green is the negative color to that shade of pink, so as it’s rotating and you see the blank spot as green because your eyes are seeing the negative on the empty background.

  • ali

    wow!that was a trip but when you think its sorta chill.

    :-) weeeeeeeeeeeee!weeeeeeeeeeeee!weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • lalala

    Lyke omg.. woooo! * goes nuts* I bet you know who i am… gwhahahaaa

    p.s. So bored… mwah!

  • brain

    thats sickning

  • niki

    why is it called disapering dots? It should be called color changing dots or something.

  • lala

    thats sooooo Fricken cool

  • M 2 the H O

    im readin every1s comments and i can c the green dot movin in circles, i no there is no green dot so dont correct me. i no how to explain this but am to tired! but yea what serenekaos said, exactly, its 2 do wit negative colours and our eye focus. pretty darn cool tho eh?

  • Person

    That is so cool! even though its obvious that theres no green dot, its still cool tht our eyes do that!

  • Excite the exciting excite

    Oh god my eyes are BLEEDING…

  • lezzer dude

    how do they do that?

  • Chalklover

    You know what’s really cool? Look at the middle for about ten seconds, then look to the right on the screen. It was cool for me.

  • Pandas

    i luv this 1. it is just so awesome


    tHAtS H0t!! i l0VE it!!!!!!!!!

  • Lem

    thats weird… but when know that the dot is actually green and you really concentrate on it, you can see that its green

  • A random person

    katie is quite right. it’s weird.

  • goops

    man!! tht was so kool!!

  • Jessica

    this illusion is the best one yet, I think!

  • charity

    that one got me. i love this stuff

  • hi world

    that is so cool i peed in my pants!

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  • Anonymous

    It’s an animation and illusion. If you stare at the + in the center, the pink dots “disappear.” But, underneath the 3rd dot from the right (10 o’clock position) there is a little blinking red line. The pink-to-green stuff is an animation. :)

  • Anonymous

    whoops, please switch around my last comment: the dots disappearing is an animation and the pink-to-green is an illusion. :)

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  • Anonymous

    It Reminds Me Of A Game Of Pac-Man.

  • loser

    ha its like a clock!

  • gtsm

    <3 My favorite.

  • Dream

    Can anyone explain the scientific reason behind it??

  • Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!!

    funky! ive seen this illusion be4 but its still kl.

  • Anonymous

    its like pacman, the green one swallows all the pink ones!!!….I have no life…

    hey is it jus me, or is there a red line at the left????

  • Anonymous

    Whats happening is,when the pink dot disappears, you see the “green dot” because of the inverted image it leaves in your retinas. You see the green dot, but it doesnt exist.as for the disappearing pink dots…i have no clue

  • I Luv The Teen Titans!

    I love this one! It’s creepy!

  • Sandoras

    Ouch! My head hurts now!

  • princesskatiej

    when i stare at the dot the green dot rotates around taking the pink with it but then as it goes around again, the green dot brings all of the pink back! its so cool!

  • …………………

    The reason why you think the dots are disappearing is that when you close your eyes, you see pink flickers. the same thing, the flicers made them look like they were not there!
    jk. lol. but i like this one

  • Annie

    that is so cool

  • peter

    u guyz suk, the reason is the when a pink dot disappear, a small part of it is green, so if u stare at the centre and not concentrating on the pink dots, of course u’ll c them as green

  • The Shindig

    This is my favorite illusion in the whole world.
    It’s just too awesome.

  • !Tiffy~Roo!

    OMG…it really is an animation…from the red line blinking as the comment #32 said who is anonymous…its animated yet an illusion at the same time!!!but the + you look at is just a concentrate thing so someone can fool you into thinking that the dots are dissapearing…there not, and the pink dont come back to the dots…they’re pink to begin with…its burning in your retna’s, and its leaving a negative color! As for the animation…look at the red dot at 10 o’clock on the illusion…then look at the dot at 3 o’clock on the illusion…its animated cuz when the 2 o’clock one is burning into your retna, and it changes to the negative color, a peice of the 3 o’clock dot changes to a negative color also, but only a peice of it not the whole thing!!!amazing huh, and cool as hell!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    is it just me or does this illusion look like PacMan?

  • ME haha!

    whoa! that is super weird! the green dot is like erasing the pink ones! AHHH!

  • Aurora101

    WHOA!! It reminds me of Pac- Man when you look at it for a while and the pink dots disappear when the green “gobbles” them up. lol Pac- Man 4ever!!

  • Anonymous

    WEIRD lol

  • Jennifer

    This is stupid~~!! I’m serious its made to run that way. If it was just a picture and moving on its own because of our eye sight then if you copy the image and put it on paint the dots don’t run clockwise. Yes the dots disappear when you stare at the center but it doesn’t move like this.

  • Anonymous

    once all pink dots have dissapeared, quickly go back with your head and you will the see green dots moving away from the centre

  • Anonymous

    I see when you move your eyes around the screen near the illusion you see a green circle

  • Anonymous

    Ow! Burns my eyes… My personal fave!

  • matthew

    it’s fake people, just a .gif file. block all of the picture with your hands except one dot and you will see what I’m talking about.

  • Mollie

    Damn this illusion is soo popular. The bloody pink dots go and green ones come back. Its all about your eyes losing focus.

    Oh god, i listen in Science… :S

  • Anonymous

    If you have a mac, pull the pic onto your desktop then open it. Then if you scroll through the different slides to make this illusion, make the 4th slide it think you will see a greenish tint. So, could this possibly not be an illusion? But i love it, it is awesome.

  • Cornelius

    To the people who call this one their fave, I am with. BEST ILLUSION EVAH!!!

  • BraDRoBBo

    Ahah i love this one!!!! :) One of my favourites i must say.

  • damianna

    its that non human thing again lol it didnt work for me ;(

  • **~**AAAQueen**~**

    I’v seen one where it said the moving dot turns green!This one does too!!!0:)

  • MoNkEyBoY

    If you think about it…

    if u stare at a pink dot for a minute and look at a blank sheet of paper, it will be green.

    Plus, all the pink dots fade away ’till you can’t see ‘em, as that classic dissapearing shade illusion.

    Thus, when each pink dot dissapears u see the green left over, and the rest of the pink dots have dissapeared.

    All that appears now is what looks like a moving green dot.

    I’m smart ;D

  • Anonymous

    it made my eyes water i watched it so long

  • Anonymous

    ..its simply animated!..swear!

  • Anonymous

    COOL! it has two illusions here, when u stare at the black + u will se the pink dots disappear, and see a green one cincling around the +.

    Another thing i noticed is that when u stare at the + but try to follow the moving dot for a couple of rounds, then blink with your eyes, you will see a full circle of GREEN dots :O

    awesome illusion! keep up the good work

  • Anonymous

    I’ve found it easier to close one eye and stare because i have contacts, lol. X3

  • Anonymous

    i love this 1 ive seen it so many times but it never gets old

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  • keep the peace

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet but if you screen capture the image and just stare at the black cross in the middle the green dot will not appear, however if you stare long enough the pink dots will still disappear into the gray background. KOOL !

  • Anonymous

    serenekaos is right. i looked at my wall after staring at this and saw a bunch of green dots around a white cross.

  • Amzz

    OMG! it’s sooooo weird…but cool ;)
    i love this website :)

  • Anonymous

    If you blink during it, you will see a circle of green dots! try it out!

  • Anonymous

    Well actually watch it until the pink dots disappear, then blink and turn your head

  • Anonymous

    itz coz first itz goin fast den it aint wen u look @ da dot

  • Ribbie

    Do they disappear because of the blurry state of the dots?

  • phil

    cooolll!!!! d=-D

  • Jacinto Garau

    Amazing. I’ve never seen it before.

  • Amir

    Its good, but the reason is very clear, that’s because humans eyes tries to balance the colors by combining the opposite color to the color you stare at, for example when you stare at a white lamp a black dot appears in your sight (when you look around) if you stare at a pink color the opposite color (green) appears in your sight, it’s easy to try.

  • The Techno Girl

    If you stare at it long enough, the purple dots appear to completely vanish. (I’d give a long scientific explanation for this, but I don’t feel like it.)

  • heather

    really neat

  • nora

    this was published on my birthday

  • Sara

    OMG. seriously you guys. It’s not an illution. It’s animated. If you click on the picture you’ll see that it’s a GIF-file. GIF=ANIMATED

  • unknown

    actually all the lilac spots disappear, leaving only the lil flashing green dot
    this is originally just a picture without any flashing, and in that pic if u stare long enuf all the spots will disappear too

  • http://www.drifinancialservices.com Mitch

    AND, if you start in close, and move out as it circles you see a weird green pattern… try it

  • http://yahoo.com milie

    wow. 0_o

  • Anonymous

    It’s caused by over-stimulating of the eyes. Because the lilac is so intense, your eyes even it out by projecting the colour opposite to lilac in the colour spectrum, which is green. If the lilac dissappears the eyes still project the green, causing you to see green. If you stare at the cross long enough, then blink and look away, you will see a circle of green dots, caused by the same phenomenon

  • Damoriël

    Ok, for the people who say that it’s not an illusion because it’s a GIF-file; it’s not about the circulating vanishing dot. It’s about the fact that all the dots disappear when you look at it for a while

    Big fan of the site, this illusion is my favorite one =)

  • anonymous

    when I pressed “Next Random Illusion” the green dot stopped moving and wasn’t green anymore: in fact, it was invisible!

  • Shubo

    one more thing about this illusion

    if u move your head towards it u will find that yello dots are shrinking from blue ones towards centre and if u move your head outwards then vice versa

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  • Rufus

    How the hell can people say this is fake? If it were fake the they would disappear even without focusing on the cross.
    Plus, anyone else notice a string of green circles imprinted onto your vision after looking away?

  • Nyssa

    ….i managed to see both pink dots and a green dot … am i just insane?? lol
    I focused on the blakc +, and saw a moving green dot as well as the pink ones. eh i like it all the same, even if i can’t get it to work right. i’ve always managed to get these things wrong lol

  • Matt

    If you stare for a bit and get your eyes adjusted, scroll down a bit. For a second your eyes will see green dots still going in circles where the pink circles should have been.

  • Kelechi Iwuchukwu

    The green color appears only on the left side, every one minute.

  • Lena

    This IS bogus! Its an animated gif.

    If you open it in a program that can edit it (irfanView or similar) the properties shows it is actually 12 images, and it is possible to stop it from playing.

    • urmom

      ofcourse its an animated gif the trick is not about that, you are suppossed to stare at the cross until the pink dot fade, people are fucking stupid

  • greendot

    Yes, it is fake.

    • Ben Yang

      It’s NOT FAKE. The animation is just so that the disappearing dots going in a circle is to CAUSE the optical illusion when you stare at the + for a while.

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  • mirza

    OMG MY ETES IT’s BURNS!!! nice optical illusion the klipping thing’s turn’s to blue and it gone.

    • lol

      O__O the moving part=grey when i loko at it then it looks green once i sort of look at it without moving and rolling my eyes

  • http://www.JoesCat.com Joe

    Well, that was interesting, but would be nice to see an explanation too.

  • Harry

    Its fake,
    now… copy the image and paste it into a word document. The illusion does not show up!
    Its A FAKE
    Its actually a video…

    • dan

      stfu u moron

    • michael

      Henry u liar it does work i copied then pasted it and sure theres no green dot but the orignal version is just so the pink dots could disappear

    • hello

      um, i think harry knows it’s fake and he’s just being a loser for attention. nobody’s is stupid enough to think that this is fake

    • galaxy

      harry must be a schizophrenic then i see the illusion when i paste it on word document

    • screeching weasel

      It’s not a video; it’s a GIF.

      You’re like that annoying kid in class who wasn’t paying attention and asks the teacher a stupid question.

      Wasn’t it pretty apparent that it was moving?

  • ice

    I don’t understand why you’re calling it “fake”. Of course (duh!) it is a video (animated gif). The disappearing effect still shows up in a frame viewed in Word.
    The pink dots seem to disappear because the green afterimage that you perceive (not actually there) blends with the pink to negate it. If you move your eyes from the +, you can see the green afterimage.
    There is no moving dot. One of the dots disappears in each frame to reveal the green afterimage from the pink dot that used to be at that spot.

    • Jesse

      Super smart!

  • http://www.moillusions.com zajackengalpie

    whuuuuuut!?!?!?! i got them to dissapear but every time it turned it came back then dissapeared then came back so on so fourth

  • michael

    if u close ur left eye it gets easier

  • Own

    Isn’t this the first illusion ever posted here?

  • A Snail

    hi waz up i do not like my shell
    ouch somebody stepped on me ouch ouch ouch
    help me im dyin help me oh please help me ahhhhhh
    wat am i gonna do
    chow world but remember im too old to die

  • galaxy

    again when i copy it in ms paint one of the dots is missing???

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  • Hanis

    Wow!..How You can scan our Eyes?..Hahaha..

  • mrscorcher1

    I saw the dots dissapear then reapear (check that spelling) with the green dot

  • pokemon boy1

    IT’S GREEN!!!!

  • BJ

    ITS A GIF!!! its a series of photos in a continous loop, nice illusion.

  • Daniel

    This illusion’s effect is wonderful!

    When I copy and paste it onto Microsoft Word, it is not animated. If I could embed the image, it might show up like it does on the website.

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  • josephine

    It’s fun, once you’ve gotten it to work, to blink once, let the green go around and ‘erase’ the pink, blink again, etc…or I’m just bored :)

  • http://youtube.com/russocomedy Russ Lewis Russo

    Ventriloquism in God and science. Ventriloquism is illusion when the brain of the audience and as well, the actor, alters its focus to believe in what is not there, thus making what is not there take actual form within the imagination process…thus invention creates what did not formerly exist. What of imagining ourselves well when we are not? Can we change the structure of illness to wellness in ourselves by altering our focus as in this case? What of helping others? Can we learn to strengthen this ability? Can we learn to visualize what is normally invisible, say for instance, the God Particle? In the opinion of this ventriloquist illusion with green dots and red dots a simple experiment with profound implications. I Tried it enjoyed it, and was moved by what it may imply. Thank you so much for this.

  • violet

    the dots did not turn green for me, only one did, and after a while, it was like watching a green dot rotate around a + sign

  • dm

    actually the pink dots are disappearing by themselves not with our eyes because I have a mac computer so you can take pictures by typing “command then shift then 4″ and I took a pic of this and it wasn’t moving anymore…

  • Matthew

    Ok to prove this is not fake. First follow the moving dot around with your eyes and they will remain Pink. Then focus on one pink dot ant it will turn green. Then stare at the center and wait a few seconds and the all of the pink dots will vanish leaving only the green dot.
    U can do this in any order as well.
    So there is proof it is real :P

  • Zeke Bel God

    Ahah anyone who thinks this is fake because it’s a .GIF is a f*cking moron !

  • McNeillMatt34

    Some people are actually morons…
    • Firstly, yes it is a GIF file and yes it is animated.
    • Secondly, yes there are pink dots with one removed in each frame of said animation.
    • Thirdly there is no ‘green’ dot in any frame of said animation; this is the illusion – the mind attempts to reconcile the after-image of the lilac with its opposite.
    • Lastly illusions don’t need to be static images for heaven’s sake! Try the rotating mask illusion wherein a mask will appear concave when actually convex when rotated on an axis.

  • Andrew

    so scary!

  • bassworx

    That is so bogus. It is an animated .gif running. LOL.

  • T

    Ya u are right it not green it’s really ur eyes just getting use to the bright color after it goes away

  • Jennifer Avina

    This phenomenon can be explained by, lateral inhibition in our eyes. Lateral Inhibition increases localization, and it occurs via inhibitory interneurons.

    • Mr Optometrist

      Finally a comment by someone (Jennifer Avina) that understands vision science, rather than the plethora of responders accusing it is fake just because they don’t understand. The eyes are contrast detectors in both time and space. This animated gif is produced by someone who understands this and can use it to create an illusion.


    Very good illusion.

  • smartguy484

    This is the first illusion on here. This is 100% optical illusion, 0% Harry’s lies. I stared at the center and there was a green dot! Then the lilac dots faded out. I’m sure that the “green dot” is ACTUALLY the lilac dots flickering in a circle, really fast. SO AWESOME! ~smartguy484, to explore everything of everything on the internet and elsewhere~

  • can’t burn my vision

    just blink your eyes real fast, no green.

  • Guest

    Hey, if u hav a animation editor, the animation will be still movin,
    of screenshots, and u press -> fast enough, it will be like slides
    (all of my chats have been typed on a PS3 not PC)

  • Guest

    SEE THE pikachu ILLUSION.