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Finger Pen Optical IllusionRay Massey is one hell of a talented artist. How he does his hand paintings and body-art is more than incredible. Just check the Finger Pen illusion on your right! It took me ages before I understood the illusion completely, but once I did – my mind literally exploded. Inside this post you can find few more hand paintings (some of which are even better in style than finger pen), yet the illusions aren’t as strong if you ask me.

I was pointed to these magnificent photos by Brad Honeycutt, one of our fans who just published a book of illusions titled “The Art of the Illusion: Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind“. I believe there are many more awesome illusions to be found in it, so be sure to check it out if you like this sort of stuff.

Finger Pen Optical Illusion
Finger Pen Optical Illusion
Finger Pen Optical Illusion
Finger Pen Optical Illusion
Finger Pen Optical Illusion


33 Responses
  1. Alison says:

    great share – but try not to ever say ‘my mind literally exploded’ ever again!!

  2. Velia Nemo says:

    what’s the green one?

  3. dale says:

    Don’t see it. someone please explain.

    • Sam says:

      It is piece of paper that has a hand holding a pen painted/drawn/printed/ect. and when you look at it, it looks like it is a blank piece of paper and someone’s hand ( holding the pen) Is hovering above the paper.

  4. dale d says:

    finger pen? Please explain

  5. minecaricature says:

    They are all great, but that last one takes the cake!

  6. dfgdnfno says:


  7. Neo says:

    That pen hand is creepy!!!

  8. Gosh, the hand-pen one is epic!

  9. Peter says:

    Love those!

    I found the hand positioning required for the football illusion to be difficult to get and hold. Hope it didn’t take too long to take that photo!

  10. Care Bear says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to “giving somebody the finger.”

  11. chris says:

    wow wish I could paint half as well

  12. Dave says:

    I couldn’t get my fingers to do the pen hand! I think it would also be interesting to see the painted hands from a different angle to aid in the appreciation of the illusion.

  13. nick singh says:


  14. nora says:

    all of them are so cool.i remember in 8th grade art class (huntsville texas) haveing to do hands….wish I could of came up with this !!!!!!WOW

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  16. Annie says:

    Your brain may have figuratively exploded, but I hope that it didn’t literally do so-this would imply that someone had shot you in the head.

  17. Scott says:


    But the green one is disappointing, it seems to use a prop rather than paint for the “coin slot”.

  18. Max says:

    my mind LITERALLY exploded.


  19. eee efff geee says:

    The last one is pretty trippy o-o

  20. I says:

    i like the soccer one

  21. Alex says:

    why isnt anybody talking about the banana

  22. Raymond Massey says:

    My nameske is a talented artist, but he should stick to painting ships etc., as although the body paings are clever they are not -in my opinion- art. However, if it provides income then carry on and good luck.

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