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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.

Disappearing Dots


142 Responses
  1. germaine says:

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

  2. Ransinave loliterashi says:

    eye trk yar…..

  3. Alex M. says:

    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.

  4. Katie says:

    Wow.. wierd.

  5. lalalolo says:

    taht was kinda kreepy

  6. maddy says:

    good timepass

  7. serenekaos says:

    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!

  8. Ciarán says:

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

  9. blablabla says:

    dat was freakin nang!!!

  10. woah says:

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

  11. Hai says:

    works perfectly 4 me………amazing!!!

  12. no one important says:

    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.

  13. ali says:

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

    :-) weeeeeeeeeeeee!weeeeeeeeeeeee!weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  14. lalala says:

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

    p.s. So bored… mwah!

  15. brain says:

    thats sickning

  16. niki says:

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

  17. lala says:

    thats sooooo Fricken cool

  18. M 2 the H O says:

    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?

  19. Person says:

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

  20. Excite the exciting excite says:

    Oh god my eyes are BLEEDING…

  21. lezzer dude says:

    how do they do that?

  22. Chalklover says:

    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.

  23. Pandas says:

    i luv this 1. it is just so awesome

  24. JESSICA says:

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

  25. Lem says:

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

  26. A random person says:

    katie is quite right. it’s weird.

  27. goops says:

    man!! tht was so kool!!

  28. Jessica says:

    this illusion is the best one yet, I think!

  29. charity says:

    that one got me. i love this stuff

  30. hi world says:

    that is so cool i peed in my pants!

  31. __scientist says:


  32. Anonymous says:

    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. :)

  33. Anonymous says:

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

  34. Anonymous says:


  35. Anonymous says:

    It Reminds Me Of A Game Of Pac-Man.

  36. loser says:

    ha its like a clock!

  37. gtsm says:

    <3 My favorite.

  38. Dream says:

    Can anyone explain the scientific reason behind it??

  39. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

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

  40. Anonymous says:

    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????

  41. Anonymous says:

    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

  42. I Luv The Teen Titans! says:

    I love this one! It’s creepy!

  43. Sandoras says:

    Ouch! My head hurts now!

  44. princesskatiej says:

    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!

  45. ..................... says:

    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

  46. Annie says:

    that is so cool

  47. peter says:

    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

  48. The Shindig says:

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

  49. !Tiffy~Roo! says:

    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!!!!!

  50. Anonymous says:

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

  51. ME haha! says:

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

  52. Aurora101 says:

    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!!

  53. Anonymous says:

    WEIRD lol

  54. Jennifer says:

    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.

  55. Anonymous says:

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

  56. Anonymous says:

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

  57. Anonymous says:

    Ow! Burns my eyes… My personal fave!

  58. matthew says:

    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.

  59. Mollie says:

    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

  60. Anonymous says:

    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.

  61. Cornelius says:

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

  62. BraDRoBBo says:

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

  63. damianna says:

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

  64. **~**AAAQueen**~** says:

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

  65. MoNkEyBoY says:

    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

  66. Anonymous says:

    it made my eyes water i watched it so long

  67. Anonymous says:

    ..its simply animated!..swear!

  68. Anonymous says:

    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

  69. Anonymous says:

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

  70. Anonymous says:

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

  71. Anonymous says:


  72. keep the peace says:

    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 !

  73. Anonymous says:

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

  74. Amzz says:

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

  75. Anonymous says:

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

  76. Anonymous says:

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

  77. Anonymous says:

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

  78. Ribbie says:

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

  79. phil says:

    cooolll!!!! d=-D

  80. Jacinto Garau says:

    Amazing. I’ve never seen it before.

  81. Amir says:

    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.

  82. The Techno Girl says:

    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.)

  83. heather says:

    really neat

  84. nora says:

    this was published on my birthday

  85. Sara says:

    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

  86. unknown says:

    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

  87. Mitch says:

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

  88. Anonymous says:

    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

  89. Damoriël says:

    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 =)

  90. anonymous says:

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

  91. Shubo says:

    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

  92. Yen Nguyen says:


  93. Rufus says:

    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?

  94. Nyssa says:

    ….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

  95. Matt says:

    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.

  96. Kelechi Iwuchukwu says:

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

  97. Lena says:

    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 says:

      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

  98. greendot says:

    Yes, it is fake.

    • Ben Yang says:

      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.

  99. اكاديمية غزة says:



  100. mirza says:

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

    • lol says:

      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

  101. Joe says:

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

  102. Harry says:

    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 says:

      stfu u moron

    • michael says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • screeching weasel says:

      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?

  103. ice says:

    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.

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

  105. michael says:

    if u close ur left eye it gets easier

  106. Own says:

    Isn’t this the first illusion ever posted here?

  107. A Snail says:

    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

  108. galaxy says:

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

  109. Ovi says:


  110. Hanis says:

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

  111. mrscorcher1 says:

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

  112. pokemon boy1 says:

    IT’S GREEN!!!!

  113. BJ says:

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

  114. Daniel says:

    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.

  115. josephine says:

    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 :)

  116. 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.

  117. violet says:

    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

  118. dm says:

    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…

  119. Matthew says:

    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

  120. Zeke Bel God says:

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

  121. McNeillMatt34 says:

    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.

  122. Andrew says:

    so scary!

  123. bassworx says:

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

  124. T says:

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

  125. Jennifer Avina says:

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

    • Mr Optometrist says:

      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.

  126. DAVID says:

    Very good illusion.

  127. smartguy484 says:

    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~

  128. can't burn my vision says:

    just blink your eyes real fast, no green.

  129. Guest says:

    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)

  130. Guest says:

    SEE THE pikachu ILLUSION.


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