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By on May 7, 2006, with 41 Comments

Edit: Here’s what was just sent in! Goeken helped with his explanation: “I could not get it to work under Firefox but once I loaded it in IE it worked”. So open Internet Explorer, load this website, click on the image below to open it full size, and then when you highlight it, PERFECT image of Bill Gates will accur! Thanks Goeken!

  • goeken

    I could not get it to work under Firefox but once I loaded it in IE it worked

  • Johan

    That’s because IE has this grid-like selection thingy, while Firefox just places a 50% transparent layer over the picture.

  • Squiggy

    seems kinda wierd… maybe its rigged? I have no idea

  • Squiggy

    my goodness i think it IS rigged! try highlighting it while its loading. When its all finished, all of the sudden the picture changes!

  • lulu

    all i see is george bush.

  • Hai

    yea, i agree with lulu

  • Chris

    it doesn’t work in either browser…

  • hmmm

    can anyone else the the weird glasses shade and stuff on george bush’s face BEFORE it’s highlighted?

    • Mary Ann


  • Bravery Onions

    it’s rigged. its a gif and it mysteriously doesn’t work when not in fullsize.

  • Rayne

    I could see it, and I’m using Mozilla Firefox. I didn’t even need to highlight it.

  • Pandas

    what the heck? that is just creepy

  • Maria

    it works perfect in firefox for me

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  • me

    someone take screenshot of image how its suppoed to look? please? doesnt work on a mac….

    • http://www.moillusions.com zajackengalpie

      yeah i tried a million times and it didn’t work

  • Alf

    LOL!!!! Guys put it on full screen then it works…

  • sam HOT SAM!

    yah. some1 take a screen shot plz. it dont work on my mac. YEA! i c the glasses on bushs face BEFORE highliting it

  • Anonymous

    I can see the shading on his face before I highlight it.
    I don’t know how, but it sure is neat!

  • 11111111111111111112

    snapshot please. im also on a mac.

  • Anonymous

    For all you Mac users (you rock!) i’ve uploaded a screenshot from my friend’s pc to my website, you can see the ‘after’ shot here.

  • Rosina

    Ooooh! thanx for that after pic! it so awsome!!!

  • Heather

    Im not sure if I can see it or not. I see the glasses, but they arnt exactly in the right spot.

  • Anonymous

    This is freaky! Its not as good as the snow white one cuz u can see eye glasses in George Bush’s head!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks alot for the after shot its soo kool in a weird and freaky way oh well

    still kool!! keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    First off, it only works in fullsize because you are highlighting the picture, when its smaller like on the webpage it is an html code that you highlight. Second, yes it is a gif, but that is because there are two images superimposed on one another… Stop trying to sound smart you idiots.

    BTW nice job on this illusion!

    BTW I go by Steve O, i just didnt feel like making a profile considering all i wanted to do was show how ignorant you HATERS are that do nothing but “dis” everyones work… Like you have done anything as creative like this ever! besides the macaroni pictures you made in kindergarden!

    Oh and if it was rigged as a gif, it would work in any browser.

  • crys

    pretty cool,just click on it and it works!

  • Anonymous

    wow it works on ie but not firefox

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s because I’m using the Windows 7 Beta (IE 8), but this does NOT work.

  • Anonymous

    i love it !!!!!!

  • Lara

    I wounder how it works!~! but totally cool!~! *HEHE*

  • Anonymous

    this stinks, since i have a mac i don’t have IE and i only work on firefox because safari is gibberish, culd someone post wat it looks like highlited??

  • Helper

    hmm, you duck down and you see him darker and there will be no glasses. happy new year everey one!

  • big fart

    i hav a mac and it works

  • anthony

    NOT an illusion. Just a gif…gee almost like doing a mouseover on a webpage. 2 images that swap positions under highlighting.
    Every movie is an illusion. A bunch of still pictures yet you can see people ‘move’ WOW.

    It only works in IE because it was designed by someone that has IE/Microsoft mentality. MS/IE biggest illusion…we are a good operating system.

  • http://co4.com Jack

    FYI, won’t work in IE8 either.

    The reason this works is because every other pixel is gates. Bush is more visible in the main picture because there’s a stronger red tone in his face, and gates is more of a blue tone. The common blue in the flag is the same.

    When you scale it down to 50%, the goal of this would be to cut out every other pixel, effectively removing the bush component of the image. Most newer browsers don’t just throw away every other pixel, but they perform a proper downsample which interpolates between nearby pixels, preventing any aliasing effects, this would negate the possibility of this ‘illusion’ to work.

  • foomanshoo

    In IE, hit CTRL+A to select all. This will select the image and IE shades every other pixel, thus canceling out the prominent Bush.

  • Lanney

    I’m using IE9. Is that why I can’t see it or is there no difference?

  • http://gravatar.com/thenatureboyricflair David Blair

    IE9, I have… clicked on it to put it on full screen, Highlighted, Pushed Ctrl+A, and every other suggestion that ppl have posted and I get nothing but Bush!!!!!!! I’m over it and moving on…….

  • cluck

    i kinda saw gates before i highlighted it!!!!!!!!!!!!