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By on November 5, 2006, with 62 Comments

Is this what you see here the ghost of Houdini? Well no, of course not, but you just might think it is after you’ve viewed this awesome original illusion created by Bob King. To explain how it works: open the picture below, then, with your eyes about 12 inches away, stare at the white circle nearest the middle of the image for 60 seconds. Now close your eyes and tip your head back a bit, keeping your eyes closed for about 20 seconds. Wait to see if Houdini’s image slowly appears! You can do this also by starring at white surface. As some of you old timers here noticed, it’s really similar to Original Jesus illusion, but there were also light bulb and Batman illusions, located in afterimage category. Oh, almost forgot about USA flag illusion!

  • Hoo?

    All I see is a guys face…. what is a Hoodini?

    • Maggie

      i think he means harry houdini the magician

  • me

    …..this one doesnt work so wellll……

  • Amanda

    That was sooooo cool, it workded. It is just like looking at a light for a long time, and you can still see the light once you have closed your eyes. I can still see him too.
    This was fun

  • Pandas

    I see it!!!!! you have to look someplace else for awhil too. then you’ll see it

  • Happy Juice

    this doesn’t work well

    and hoodini is a famous magicain

  • PERSON (and very random to boot)

    I agree with ME, it doesn’t work too well, but about the “after image” category, you can do that with any simple image w/ inversed colors… it is still cool though.

  • Beetlejuice

    That was pretty cool I think the Jesus one is better though.

  • Kyle

    HOw could you NOT know who Houdini was!?!?!?!?!? he was a great magician!!!!

  • willis

    it looks a little like hitler, this one doesn’t work to well, my favorite one is the light bulb

  • Mark

    I used to do things like this for my art class, draw around the contrasts between light and dark and the drawing you get looks very weird, but when you stare at them and then close your eyes you see the original image. Nothing special really but still looks cool if you havn’t come across it before.

  • chick

    it works…kinda creepy

  • dantheman

    Who is this Houdini you speek of?!
    I don’t know who this dude is but ya I can see the face!!
    That is really KOOOOL! (and spooky)
    Nice illusion! By the way this site rocks!:-D

  • meeow

    invert the colors on paint

  • Tiny

    Same old, same old. But still cool! I agree with Kyle…. How could you NOT know houdini?(and also, how dare you spell it hoodini, Happy Juice and Hoo?)

  • Brendan

    Houdini was a famous magician in the early 1900s, he isn’t alive any more, but was considered the best magician ever. and quite a few of his tricks still haven’t been explained

  • V

    You can always get a few extra seconds out of the image if you blink a couple of times.

  • Hoo?

    I still don’t get it, his tricks are making weird pictures of people? Dosent seem like much of a magician to me!!1

  • BurninRubber

    I see a random guys face.
    P.S what am i supposed to be seein here!?

  • BLB


  • LOL

    I don’t get why we r supposed to tilt our heads back a bit-it works perfectly well normally. Its a pretty kl trick, i luv optical illusions

  • Anonymous

    Houdini was an escape artist. He found his way out of chains, shackles, and straight jackets, including underwater while holding his breath and hanging upside-down from a tall building. One of his secrets was to hide keys in cracks in his feet. Really, an incredible magician and icon and it is unbelievable that some have not heard of him.

  • Anonymous

    hey, i need help finding info on how houdini had an influence on society. if u could help me, id really appreciate it! please e~mail me info at snowstormic@yahoo.com. the optical illusions were pretty sweet! i wish there were more to view!

  • Anonymous

    this one didnt work as well

  • Anonymous

    i see a question mark.

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  • Anonymous

    K…..that was wierd. The image of Houdini appeared very fast, very clearly and then disappeared just as fast….but the clarity is what got me!!

  • Anonymous

    i see a kids face

  • Matt

    Something Weird: If you hold a plain white piece of paper against the screen the picture looks like a fat question mark. Try it! ???????

  • Anonymous

    Try staring at different parts for 30secs. The eyes on this work really good if you stare at these then look away.

  • Anonymous

    it worked for me
    buut when i looked at the moniter
    i saw a spot where verything was brighter, but now its not…

  • JimmyBoy

    I think it looks more like Albert Einstein.

  • Anonymous

    I see a kind of smiling face on my white wall

  • Anonymous

    He looks like hitler

  • Urfaceisafire

    I relate to #27…. I see a child with a lot of hair…. a boy child

  • Katie & Abby -♥- twins

    oh my gosh! We can’t get that image out of our heads he is popping up on the computer screen!

  • Eyes burning…

    So i just stared at the flag one on the other page….and then i tried this one and now i see the face in the flag when i close my eyes or look at the wall….great… just great lol

  • Slow Progression

    Houdini was a very famous escape artist, people. This illusion was awesome . . . the shoking likeness of Houdini’s faced scared me half to death. Very cool.

  • Anonymous

    1. houdini is a magician
    2. not a bad thing
    3. how can u take a pic of a ghost when they dont exist?


  • Anonymous

    i just done the batman 1 and batman kept showin up in the bckground

  • Anonymous

    To those of you who don’t know who Houdini is:

    Houdini was once an amazing magician, better than any other magician at his time. He was known for escaping dangerous stunts such as in the movie “The Prestige”. But one day, one of his stunts went wrong. So now, there have been numerous contributions to Houdini.

  • *Kissy*

    I love this one because the one with jesus scared me bacause i didn’t know what i was goin to see…..spooky…but i like this one

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  • Alexandra

    first person its harry hoodini the famous magition

  • I_Ganked_JFK

    idiots, you need to stare at it then look at a white sheet of paper, or a white/light coloured/colored wall. just like the jesus illusion which some of you might have seen

  • abi luv :)

    i agree with willis it looks more like hitler man this 1 s**t

  • petting a dragon

    cool not only did i get the guy i also got the computer screen surrounding it

  • someone u dont know

    i thougt i saw him similing…. creepy

  • Spiffly

    I saw Hitler.

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  • Dolphin

    This thing almost scared me to death…Very cool though…It looked like it was moving when I closed my eyes,because I fidgeted a little and that made it even MORE scary…AWSOME!!!!

  • Meteorologist

    In the begiining it is really white,

  • http://Aol.com Do

    NNOT an illusion!

  • hi

    i see Lincoln

  • blahhhblahhblahhh

    when i close my eyes and look up alittle i see a question mark… :/

  • Randomness18156

    Truly INCREDIBLE. Close Yours Eyes For Aproximetly 30-50 Seconds Or Longer And Close Your Eyes. Looking Upwards, You Will See Almost A Coin Like Face.

  • http://www.backburnerprojects.com Fern

    That was awesome – I’m still seeing the “non-negative” image as I type this (okay, hope THAT doesn’t last all day). Really cool.

  • Christine D

    i also see a question mark and i only looked at it for twenty seconds and closed my eyes for ten.

  • inmyshoes

    These always freak me out but I love them.These are the ones I like to share.

  • juliana

    i never tried it i think it is to creepy.

  • juliana

    Boring i didin`t see anithing so hahahah.

  • saanvi shankar

    very very very interesting illusion