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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.”

Happy Queen, Sad Queen Illusion
Happy Queen, Sad Queen Illusion


38 Responses
  1. speedyvick03 says:

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

  2. omg says:

    wow thats cool wish i lived wherever that is lol

  3. Nicili says:

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

  4. Pandas says:

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

  5. Leelee says:

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

  6. meeow =^.^= says:

    that’s just weird. but kool too

  7. me says:

    old stuff….

  8. Euan says:

    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!

  9. meeow =^.^= says:


  10. chick says:

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

  11. Pembo says:

    Euan, but you Scots use words like malarky XD

  12. Nomis says:

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

  13. You know... me says:

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

  14. tayba says:

    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…

  15. Maria Tells All says:

    that’s really cool!

  16. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm says:

    what does this have to do with toys?

  17. Anonymous says:

    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

  18. Gear_Guy says:

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

  19. Lucy says:

    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

  20. cutelittlekitty>^..^< says:

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

  21. woaah says:

    thats clever.
    can anyone do that with aussie money?

  22. Anonymous says:

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

  23. Kelsey says:

    This works with Canadian money too! =D

  24. Michael says:

    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.

  25. Hi says:

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

  26. 0235 says:

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

  27. karma says:

    Very cool i will try this with my pics

  28. froggy says:

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

  29. Jemima duck says:

    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?

  30. Heyy says:

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

  31. Heyy says:

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

  32. Heyy says:

    Sorry I posted twice

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