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By on November 6, 2006, with 38 Comments

Elliott Line sent me this nice optical illusion. You might have seen some similar with bank notes in the past. Remember Rupees Illusion? How about “The Queen Is Bald” one? If not, simply jump to our previous illusion tutorial. Elliot wrote: “Here is an illusion that anyone with a British banknote can do. By making hill-folds through the edges of the Queen’s mouth and through her eyes, and then tilting the note back and forth, you can make the Queen appear happy or sad.”

  • speedyvick03

    wow, thats cool, ill have to try that someday. thanks for posting

  • omg

    wow thats cool wish i lived wherever that is lol

  • Nicili

    You can do this with practically any bill with a portrait…

  • Pandas

    i remember that. hilarious. i should try that with a picture of my brother. :)

  • Leelee

    I dont get it. Does it only work when you fold it/crunch it?

  • meeow =^.^=

    that’s just weird. but kool too

  • me

    old stuff….

  • me43


  • Manda


  • Euan

    Old news, and yet so amusing! Wonder who had so much free time they discovered that! Must have been English, us Scots are far too cool for that kinda malarky!

  • meeow =^.^=


  • chick

    wow wonder how long it took for someone to figure that out….haha

  • Pembo

    Euan, but you Scots use words like malarky XD

  • Nomis

    Wow i’m gonna try that as I live in england, and have an odd 10 pound note laying around

  • You know… me

    I bet you could do the same thing with a picture of yourself. I’ll have to try.

  • tayba

    Um ok…looks like Euan has his head jammed up his rear end, because he doesn’t seem to understand that he is a Nobody. (GASP! GASP!) Ok calm down, only joking. Maybe the English have too much free time, but at least we use better words than Malarky! haha..cool picture tho…

  • Maria Tells All

    that’s really cool!

  • qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm

    what does this have to do with toys?

  • Anonymous

    To the person named omg. I am enraged that you didn’t recognise HRH, the queen of England.

    From an apoplectic English person.

    tut tut tut

  • Gear_Guy

    its english you can see the endof “The Bank Of England”

  • Lucy

    i would always do that with any bill

    it does not just need to be a 20 pound note it works with any kind of bill as long as you fold through the eyes and eye brows it works
    for Canadian the twenty is the best and the five

  • cutelittlekitty>^..^<

    lol ill have 2 do that with a very strange pic!

  • woaah

    thats clever.
    can anyone do that with aussie money?

  • Anonymous

    u cant just fol the paper and moveit up and down thats how to do it

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  • Kelsey

    This works with Canadian money too! =D

  • Michael

    Wow. Best facial flip flop I’ve ever seen. Queen works especially well. Also, in general, it’s a nice idea since it’s not a specially drawn face that’s *designed* to have that effect.

  • Hi

    :O I have an origami book, and thats one of the things… and they used the sameeee bill, :D awesome

  • a girl or a boy

  • 0235

    ha. i always do this to every note i get. been doing it for years. never new other people new about it

  • Very cool i will try this with my pics

  • froggy

    happy queen,
    sad queen,
    happy queen,
    sad queen.

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  • Jemima duck

    Haha. Did is with my brother he wasn’t so happy…then sad…them happy, then sad, happy sad happy sad…I’m sorry what was I talking about again?

  • Heyy

    I know this illusion. I don’t remember how to do it but you have to fold it in a certain way…

  • Heyy

    I have seen this illusion before. I don’t remember how to do it but you have to fold it in a certain way…

  • Heyy

    Sorry I posted twice

    • James Dean

      It’s okay :) The more comments, the better!