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By on April 4, 2011, with 49 Comments

What I need you to do is stare at the center of the grid below. After some time you will see the grid begin to heal itself. Continue staring, and finally the grid will appear perfectly “healed”. This piece was created by Ryota Kanai, where the optical illusion is caused by our brain expecting to see something, so it processes the eye’s signal in a way that creates something that makes sense on one hand, but ends far from what our eyes originally saw! Let’s see if it worked for you as it did for me…. Btw, thank you for your Paris hints!

Distorted Grid Optical Illusion


49 Responses
  1. Talis Pähn says:

    i feel so simple…

  2. Care Bear says:

    Looks a little like my last pair of nylons.

  3. billyg420 says:

    WOW! that’s pretty cool.
    1st comment

  4. Tonatiuht says:

    the illusion is easy to look, but I think that also on the other way is possible, if you look the part that is damage the center will start to see damage too.

  5. toby says:


  6. apoorva says:

    best illusion i ever saw……….wonderful….

  7. sionide says:

    That is magic!! Works for me…! But the after image is pretty bad!

  8. Steve says:

    A crazy way of demonstrating how our brain processes the input it receives, like the famous spinning spiral illusion :D

  9. Hering says:

    The three holes at the left do remain, however.

  10. Madelon says:

    I’m seeing rainbows in it too! XD

  11. txedomoon says:

    Nice one! Yes it does start “healing.” But I also found that if I’m not steady enough in my gaze it fractures to a greater degree. (Is this just me?)

  12. mike says:

    that is cool

  13. Sort of worked for me. When I was looking at the centre of the grid it straightened out a litle then I had a 3D moment and went into the picture. The black behind the white began to move backwards. Wasn’t expecting that to happen!

  14. Tryed the grid with my glasses on, part of it “healed”, not all. Took my glasses off and the ehtire grid healed after a few moments.Interesting illution……….:)

  15. Dolphin says:

    Nice,I like it.

  16. Barbarella says:

    Okay….now THAT is cool!!!

  17. Adam Merrill says:

    I didn’t get it too go back perfectly, but it still started to look much more normal. cool.

  18. Jeffrey says:

    It wasn’t exactly perfect; there were 3 or four spaces on the left that were too big to heal, but overall, pretty cool.

  19. jelly says:

    OMG it works!

  20. sarah siddiqi says:

    It worked for me. But it was hard to concentrate on the center. Cool too, keep up the posts!

  21. fatimavh says:

    Nope.Didn’t work for me…

  22. Thias Esseboom says:

    Nice one!

  23. No one says:

    WOW! That’s soo cool!

  24. Mr.Amazed says:

    that was kuuul ! btw first comment yea

  25. Sero says:

    This one doesn’t work well for me.

    I mean, when I stare so long I get the slight blurryness, it can be hard to tell where the edge of the real grid it, but it seems less of an illusion and more of a “yes, your eyes don’t see too well after staring for awhile”.

  26. Chenoa Zephyra says:

    That’s awesome!

  27. orange grove says:

    Everytime I start staring it begins to “heal” itself but then I blink and I have to start all over again….

  28. z2d4th says:

    I think this one is hard to do on center but on top center is much better.

  29. Eric says:

    this is my absolute favorite kind illusion!the believe the ones that point out defects in our selves/eyes… glitching to fix perception… whodathunkit?

  30. ramiro says:


  31. jack says:

    wow cool i totaly get it omg wtf roflmaonaise

  32. Gaël says:

    I like this kind of illusion, perfect !

  33. althas says:

    so amazing…

  34. Josh says:

    On the other hand. you also seem to see cracks where there aren’t any…

  35. tony says:


  36. worked for me!

    Love this one…

  37. Anonymous says:

    One of the best illusions I’ve ever seen in this page. Wow.

  38. Scott McNay says:

    You should put a dot or whatever at the middle for people to stare at. Or does that mess things up?

  39. Fixx says:


  40. Dayhinu says:

    wow wierd…. I wonder why our brains expect to see that?

  41. Esteban Serrano says:

    FINALLY!!! a decent illusion… compared to late… are the fragments suppose to line up… i see a few do that… interesting…

  42. ZL123 says:

    Classic, but cool! 8/10

  43. nonya says:


  44. superlegion says:

    WOAH! repairing grids? just like the lobster on a plate illusion.

  45. interesting. i wonder how our brainsd work for this illusion to work.. hahaha. curious.

  46. jazi says:

    ok didnt work for me hmmmm :/

  47. Rui says:

    No healing…just 3D

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