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By on June 23, 2006, with 83 Comments

Ever wondered how it feels like to hallucinate? Me too! It’s just that I never wanted to use any illegal substances, and nor should you. Meanwhile, I found this wonderful video clip, that let’s you experience real-life hallucination, without even moving away from your PC! This is what you have to do: Stare at the center of the video clip. After you jumped to it, keep your eyes still, and then look away when instructed. Simple as that! Previously I posted similar Pinwheel Illusion, so you might want to check it out if you like this kind of illusions. If you have another spare minute, be sure to check dozen of more interesting video optical illusions inside the “Videos Category“. Enjoy!

  • nolan smock

    holy crap. how does that work!?

  • Jee

    HUH??? I feel like I just wasted 1:39 of my life. I didn’t see anything at all.

  • Icefeldt

    the video is verry laggy (even when i downloaded it).
    Is that on purpose?

  • Deborah

    Omni magazine printed a copy of this in the late 1970′s or early 1980′s. It had a hole in the center to put on a record turntable. As I recall, the illusion was very effective.

  • jon

    The video is too laggy, is there an animated gif of this illusion?

  • jj

    I didn’t see a “look away” instruction. I don’t get it.

  • Pouch

    hey – i didnt realize you could download these movies…. im downloading it now – ill make a gif of it later… this one is alot more effective then the “pinwheel” one.

    amazing…. by the way.

  • Lysol

    Yeah, the vid is pretty bad. I can’t get a good effect. keep on working on that gif, Pouch.

  • Bravery Onions

    you can see a different version of this illusion, that runs more smoothly, here. wait for it to load all the way before watching, and play it fullscreen.

  • Hannnah

    wow very creepy!!!!

  • me

    whoa my god thats amazing!

  • JOJO

    what do you see? I cant see it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Bravery Onions, that version was much better. The effect only lasted a few seconds but it was wierd, is it supposed to last longer?

  • XwalkingXdeathX

    I’ll just stick to drugs.

  • Anonymous

    Same Colored Checkers Illusion: You don’t need to check it in photo shop, simply cut two holes in a piece of paper and place it over the picture. Of course the holes have to be small and cut to fit the checkers so you can only see the central part of each. It’s now very clear that it IS the same color…

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t do anything…doesn’t tell me to look away from the black screen. Is there another video that works?

  • Anonymous

    Oh nevermind, the other video version works, wow that’s cool!

  • God of Grass

    i dont get how to do it.
    i dont see where the look away insrtuction is.
    where is it?..


  • Anonymous

    …only effect: sore eyes…thx…didnt have any affect that was either amazing or hallucinative

  • Anonymous

    i was getting dizzy so i loked away ealeir and it didnt last long

  • Anonymous

    That. Was. Amazing.

  • the technogirl

    im probably drunk, without drinking! I am a 11 year old!

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone notice that when you blink it kinda looks like it stops?

  • Anonymous

    omgsh, that's amazing!!!! (:! Lol, i watched it over and over again and now i have a headache ><…worth it

  • Anonymous

    oh my gosh!!!
    that was awesome!!!

  • Anonymous

    Okay Now my eyes are watery, and all i saw was a green and red flowwer thing….U know what? I dont know what i saw it only lasted 3 seconds!

  • Anonymous

    How it works is easy!
    You look into the middle and then when it tells you to look away, look at the wall or the floor and you will see it moving up and down!
    Its sick, I seen this b4.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve done drugs before, and I’ve had hallucinations, and although this effect is cool, that’s not what drug-induced hallucinations look like.

  • Anonymous

    holy crap it worked but i think i am blind

  • Anonymous

    When we look at a moving object for about 30 seconds our eyes tell our brain about the moving object. when we look away our brain is still thinking that this object is still there using the same principle as making yourself dizzy. the same illusion happens when you stare at a waterfall then look beside it and fell high and relax.

  • Anonymous

    woah that sreally weird and it lasts for a while.

  • Anonymous

    OMG IT DISORTED MY HAND! and my monitor

  • http://www.mightytricks.com/ YODA82

    holy … son of God

    i look at it for 1:30, someone time me, but no look away instruction so i look away everything fuzy. it awesome,

    i tried it many times but it didn’t work, then i had a friend time me then try to stop moving my eyes, which is hard cuz i had coffee

  • Sarah

    oh wow, very nice! I felt all nice and wobbly for a minute there, lol.

  • nobody

    ok so i was looking at this and then looking away and nothing was happening. Then i decided that i was bored of it and i clicked on the next illusion. Then i noticed the screen moving…

  • http://flyingjellyfish.webs.com jellyfishie

    That was interesting. It was cool how my monitor was wiggling..

  • http://flyingjellyfish.webs.com jellyfishie

    If you want to see something even cooler, stare at it and then look at your hand (any body part)

  • bill

    pretty cool, if you look at it for a really long time then look away everything is all wiggly and somewhat colorful.

  • JulieKickzButt

    that gave me a stomach ache… but it was oh so worth it

  • lolipop101

    its cool but it got me nervous i felt like i was being sucked in (im still shaking) but it also it gave me a headache! WEIRD

  • Jack S

    To claim that this tacky illusion is in any way comparable to hallucinations caused by psychedelics is ridiculous and completely absurd. Try the real thing kids.

  • Nut Case

    Just take a few tabs of…. Then ya don’t even need ta look at some goffy spinin’ wheel !!!!!

  • John

    Look, clown, you may think that this is comparable to “hallucinating,” but it’s not. you’re just an idiot, giving idiotic advice. don’t tell other people what they should and shouldn’t do with their own bodies. This makes your vision wavy. sweet. You’re a pussy. That’s not hallucinating. If someone wants to try something that actually alters their perception, that’s their business. If you want to continue fellating elephants, that’s yours.

  • Anonymous

    it’s hard to look away, for some reson


    What video is he talking about?

  • someone u dont know

    weird the vid is a bit laggy but it hurts ur eyes…

  • Hallucination?

    if you thought this was “amazing”, go try some psychedelics, now that shits amazing

  • weirrrrrd

    LOL that was weird. didn’t expect that. i got like, this square where everything was squiggly lol!

  • luis

    my eyesite got all fuzy

  • TWAT


  • drakvl

    If you’re talking about the afterimage, that’s not a hallucination — not misfiring in the brain; more related to how nerves work. They register if they’re overstimulated, *and* if they’re understimulated, sort of like how your head feels weird after you take a hat off you’ve worn for a while.

  • http://www.strange-people.com Meat Head

    That’s pretty cool. Everything warps for around 10 seconds. I started to see “red” in the illusionafter a while aswell – streaky red lines ?

    • Joe Chua

      my monitor is no longer rectangle o_o

    • Amanda

      Me too! At least its not only me. haha

  • Steven

    It’s a Gif image. I put a sheet of paper to cover everything but a small corner and i can literally see the very tip f the corner turning black..then white..then black..then white

    • Superman

      No shit, it’s a GIF. The illusion is what it does to your vision after you stare at it for a while.

  • matty

    Too bad you aren’t willing to use any “illegal substances”, or you could see much crazier shit than this AND experience the overwhelming peace and inter-connectedness of the universe.

    Oh well

  • Anonim Ooze

    Inner peace? Interestingly enough, that’s not the impression I get when I see a speed freak or a cokehead xD

  • S. H. Rooms

    Interestingly enough, speed and coke are not hallucinogens … as you pro/b/ably know.

  • C. Annabis

    It’s funny, I have experienced far more exhilarating things while on the toilet than the effects of this stupif .gif.

  • Lys. A. D.

    If you pro/b/ably knew, you’d know that a hallucinogen doesn’t even create half those things most people say like LULZISAWAPINKUNICORN. Also, illegal substances such as psilocybin mushrooms are being studied at reputable universities such as Johns Hopkins University because said universal interconnectedness has been shown to relieve depression.

  • L.

    Uh…after 30 seconds seeing this,the others images started to look distorted… o-o

    • i add ess to everything coolness

      ikr so wierd and kinda hurts 2!!!!!

  • Alexandra

    Steven, that isn’t the point. We know it’s animated. The point is, when you look away from the screen, your view of objects is warped. Things may appear to be growing or shrinking.

  • S Brad

    It just gave me a headache. So I went and took some Vicodin. Mmmmmm…..inner peace.

  • bargarhar

    the guy who wrote article this is a huge square.

    • JayEvans

      Ha I second that.

  • Awesome Anonymous

    i found that the computer screen appeared to be swiggly for a bit

  • Joe

    Yeah… The stuff you see after looking like this is pretty cool, but it is NOTHING compared to shrooms! Haha!

  • another cool trick

    guys, and girls :)
    do this:
    cover one eye while staring at that white dot. everything just turns gray for a split second. but once u move ur eye its gone.

  • sn0w

    fuckin’ awesome hahahah!

  • verauko

    feels just like in the rolling stones video clip – like a rolling stone XD

  • JayEvans

    Man, this dude is right. Shrooms or Salvia have nothing on these squirls!

  • SickGUy

    oMg after i watch my sight is spinnin right round

  • Prabhjot

    really reallyyyyy …oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooo kind of…. amazing

  • Zeb

    This was one of the best Illusions.
    I have done Acid many times but never found any peace from it.
    The Poster is right Don’t do Drugs, you gain nothing but can lose every thing.
    I know the truth. users are losers.

  • tiffany

    i love these things they r so epical and make me trip so hard

  • taconation

    hah thats awesome but for the ppl who dont realise what it is it targets your eye sight itself so u see things when u look away or it distorts ur sight a bit so u see shapes

  • vas

    look at it for 1:30 or 2 mins then close your eyes for 5 seconds then open them and look at somthing at an intermidate size

  • Noneyabeezyastalkers

    wow! this is freaky! rapid boy

  • Shaggy

    Not trying to dog you or anything but this will never compare to actually tripping I actually was able to sync in with any animals I came in contact with not to mention a lot of other bad ass things that cannot really be explained, this is cool and all but it can’t compare.

  • Richard

    You have to focus on the center. Looking at it intensely should make the other moving parts kind of shimmer and melt. Look away at something just at the moment you feel like your going to loose that shimmer. And behold the magic of hallucinations

  • smartguy484

    After I looked away, your next article went WaVy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!