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By on December 6, 2006, with 41 Comments

Unbelievable! Check this out – open the picture below in full size, and you won’t believe that the image is actually still jpg! I posted many “animation” illusions to this site, but this one has the strongest effect I have ever seen! This optical illusion is one of the newest creations of Akiyoshi Kitaoka, master in creating visual art. Similar effects can be seen in floating letters, moving beans, floating blocks, spinning discs, wormhole … and many, many others. But none of them was so delusive. The only one I may compare to Floating Rice is moving snakes illusion. Check them out, and post your thoughts!


  • eshita

    WOW! Is this animation or our eyes make it appear like this?

    • Shriya

      Your eyes make them move. To prove that they’re actually still stare at it and it will stop moving:)

  • Anonymous

    I feel sick now!!

  • Lynn

    It is a still picture. If you find a certain spot near the middle vertically and about 1/4 of the length width wise, the entire picture becomes totally still.

    Nice one!

    • Vava

      I can make this still by staring at it, but when it starts moving it makes me sick.

  • Samu

    oh boy this is cool :-D

  • Anonymous

    You can really enhance the effect by looking at each of the four corners of the rectangle one right after the other. Simply trace your eyes around the picture.

  • Blah!

    Wow, what an unusual illusion! It warps as your eyes move around! Ouch, my eyes hurt now.

  • Tori

    It looks like it has crashing waves (like the sea). My eyes are tired now…

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry, but your spelling is somewhat bad and it makes me crazy…

    Wonderful is spelled with just one L, please don’t type “wonderfull” again. That makes me so uncomfortable…

    Reading the archive made my brain hurt because of the spelling and grammar errors.

    I am sorry if I seem to be rude. English is not my first language, but it still bugs me..

    Thanks for this interesting website!

    Regards,
    Lempi

  • Anonymous

    THAT IS AMAZING!

  • R2K

    I feel blind

  • Anonymous

    where is the forum section of this site

  • chick

    Funky!! I like it. My eyes feel very dry after looking at it though. Huh.

  • me

    this isnt new, its one of the oldest ones out there.

  • Romi

    Awsome… I’d like to paint a wall like that :oP

  • Anonymous

    this is no still image, I’m not sure where the movement is exactly but if you print it out the effect is gone, it’s not even there if you illuminate the print out. my guess is the movement is VERY subtle and the refreshing of the pixels cause the movement effect.

  • Anonymous

    That’s so amazing, I still don’t get it, isit animated? I feel blind

  • Anonymous

    Snap…

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the best illusions i’ve seen on this site

  • I ♥ mUSIC

    wOW THIS LOOKS VERY KOOL!!!!

  • cat_princess

    Like the 2nd Comment that makes me feel sea sick :S

  • cat_princess

    when u enlarge it, look in the middle, everthing goes still apart from the corners.. I still fell sick +o(

  • Anonymous

    this is great. but if u stare and dont move your eyes at the photo or any other part of your computer screen, it will totally stop moving. anyway, I have to agree though, this photo has the strongest effect I’ve ever seen. nice one!

  • Megan

    *bbaarrrfff*

  • Shauzia

    ehmagawd! Its not an photoshop trick or a fake animation b/c is you cross your eyes slightly, the whole oic freezes, and if you cover it partially, the illusion slows!

  • Anonymous

    reminds of this time i put a small square of paper on my tounge

  • Anonymous

    hey, did you know that if you scroll up and down real fast, it looks like they are all spinning!

  • mozzieringtoneislame

    these rice grains are so sneaky! they only stay still when i look right at them and when i look away a bit they’re off again. Like naughty little kids or something.

  • Grammer Basher

    Wow,this illusion is crazy! I wonder what other normal day things my brain is tricking me on!!

    ..Anonymous – Get a grip the world won’t end over a spelling mistake! You clearly need to get out more!

  • Detective Kitty

    this is indeed one of the clearest of all of the illusions in this category…

  • person

    Omg this whole thing is crazy moving beans that is so cool!!!!

  • Waggers

    rly wrd

  • http://myspace.com/cherri_pi_2010 CherriChapstikk

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!

  • http://howtodraweasy.com/ ted

    I like the way these illusions move and I have seen many of them but I don’t like the way they make my eyes feel sort of unwell. I was actually wondering if they are bad for my eyes because they are uncomfortable.

  • Leigh

    if I concentrate focus on any one part it stops then starts as soon as the focus is moved

  • dedinthewater
  • cindy

    thts kewl but messes wit my eyes i lik it but i dnt lik it ugh the confusion ?_?

  • cheeze

    when u scroll down u CAN see the rice MOVING IN CIRCLES it pretty cool

  • SHUT UP OH GEEZ

    Since when is rice PURPLE!?!?!?!

  • o.i.e.

    yea once i changed the color of the beans so it looked like this!

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