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Experience Real HallucinationEver 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!

Experience Real Hallucination


83 Responses
  1. nolan smock says:

    holy crap. how does that work!?

  2. Jee says:

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

  3. Icefeldt says:

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

  4. Deborah says:

    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.

  5. jon says:

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

  6. jj says:

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

  7. Pouch says:

    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.

  8. Lysol says:

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

  9. Bravery Onions says:

    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.

  10. Hannnah says:

    wow very creepy!!!!

  11. me says:

    whoa my god thats amazing!

  12. JOJO says:

    what do you see? I cant see it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    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?

  14. XwalkingXdeathX says:

    I’ll just stick to drugs.

  15. Anonymous says:

    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…

  16. Anonymous says:

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

  17. Anonymous says:

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

  18. God of Grass says:

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


  19. Anonymous says:

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

  20. Anonymous says:

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

  21. Anonymous says:

    That. Was. Amazing.

  22. the technogirl says:

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

  23. Anonymous says:

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

  24. Anonymous says:

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

  25. Anonymous says:

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

  26. Anonymous says:

    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!

  27. Anonymous says:

    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.

  28. Anonymous says:

    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.

  29. Anonymous says:

    holy crap it worked but i think i am blind

  30. Anonymous says:

    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.

  31. Anonymous says:

    woah that sreally weird and it lasts for a while.

  32. Anonymous says:

    OMG IT DISORTED MY HAND! and my monitor

  33. YODA82 says:

    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

  34. Sarah says:

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

  35. nobody says:

    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…

  36. jellyfishie says:

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

  37. jellyfishie says:

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

  38. bill says:

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

  39. JulieKickzButt says:

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

  40. lolipop101 says:

    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

  41. Jack S says:

    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.

  42. Nut Case says:

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

  43. John says:

    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.

  44. Anonymous says:

    it’s hard to look away, for some reson

  45. AONON says:

    What video is he talking about?

  46. someone u dont know says:

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

  47. Hallucination? says:

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

  48. weirrrrrd says:

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

  49. luis says:

    my eyesite got all fuzy

  50. TWAT says:


  51. drakvl says:

    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.

  52. Meat Head says:

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

  53. Steven says:

    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 says:

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

  54. matty says:

    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

  55. Anonim Ooze says:

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

  56. S. H. Rooms says:

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

  57. C. Annabis says:

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

  58. Lys. A. D. says:

    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.

  59. L. says:

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

  60. Alexandra says:

    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.

  61. S Brad says:

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

  62. bargarhar says:

    the guy who wrote article this is a huge square.

  63. Awesome Anonymous says:

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

  64. Joe says:

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

  65. another cool trick says:

    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.

  66. sn0w says:

    fuckin’ awesome hahahah!

  67. verauko says:

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

  68. JayEvans says:

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

  69. SickGUy says:

    oMg after i watch my sight is spinnin right round

  70. Prabhjot says:

    really reallyyyyy …oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooo kind of…. amazing

  71. Zeb says:

    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.

  72. tiffany says:

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

  73. taconation says:

    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

  74. vas says:

    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

  75. Noneyabeezyastalkers says:

    wow! this is freaky! rapid boy

  76. Shaggy says:

    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.

  77. Richard says:

    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

  78. smartguy484 says:

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

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