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By on July 28, 2006, with 78 Comments

Lee Wallender sent us this fascinating optical illusion vie email. The image is titled “Momentarily headless”. The gymnast Katherine Coronel of Venezuela performs her routine during the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the 20th Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos y del Caribe in Cartagena, in Colombia. I would just like to inform you, that I received all of your submitted illusions, and will post them soon. It’s just that I’m still on my holly-days, and have limited access to internet. Some illusions that were submitted require downloading, browsing etc. which I will do when I get back home, since I’m on limited mobile phone internet right now. Be patient, all of them will be posted, so keep submitting them ;)

The Headless Gymnast


78 Responses
  1. Andrew says:

    WOW. That’s one of my favorite illusions. So cool.

  2. A d J says:

    is that real????? how did she do that?? thats cool

  3. A d J says:

    How does he do that??? That’s soo cool? is that really real??

  4. cassidy says:

    i know how she does it .. all it is is her head leaning all the way back and you see her feet

  5. Chandelieriqua says:

    MMMMM..i like um flexible

  6. BIG dan says:

    I’ve heard of ‘foot-in-mouth’, but never this extreem… “Go Go Gadget Gymnast!”

  7. matttyy says:

    nice her head is far back

  8. Semu says:

    Isn’t there supposed to be a new one of these each day?

  9. Annie says:

    How can people do things with their bodies like that? I assume that she bent her head backwards (would love to see the same situation from the side). I can’t do gymnastics at all, and can just say, as Andrew did before: Wow!

  10. moni says:

    stupid flexable person

  11. sachin says:


  12. fudgy says:

    dude, where’s the head! is it behind her body or photoshoped out? oh well it’s still cool!!!

    BMWs Rock ma sox!

  13. ibeedug says:

    That’s no illustion; it’s the perfect woman.

  14. Alex says:

    what are you guys f*****g retarded? how is it possible for a human to bend their head all the way back? after observing the position of the thumbs and the hands one can conclude that she is facing towards you and that the head is just bent down and the design on the head matches that of the rest of the costume.

  15. M 2 the H O says:

    UM ALEX!!!!
    it IS possable!
    you c people that r double jointed, and people who can dislocate any part of their body anytime they want and put it back with no pain?
    anyway it is pretty cool,
    it cud have been shopped, but its still possable!

  16. jacgeo says:

    ooops how did she manage that, thanx.

  17. Alex says:

    ya, sorry. i only realized that the other possibility could be plausible after I wrote it. good point!

  18. sarah:) says:

    i can do that!!!!!! its eeeaasssyyyy
    i woulnt call that an illusion

  19. Celina says:

    Man…excellent work by the photographer….thats a really goood photo!!!

  20. zaff says:

    howed they do it couldve been shopped out but its really cool the way u can either do tht kinda gymnastics or shop it
    < (^...^)> he he cool stuff and cool illusions

  21. zaff says:

    ya its all possible anythin is really possible so keep it cool
    anythin can easily b shopped but all things r possible
    its really cool stuff and illusions
    anyway it is a real good job if they really did it but hav fun with anything u do
    < (^...^)>

  22. Allie says:

    I’m a gymnast. She still has a head! She is just doing a leap with her head
    leaning way back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Allie says:

    I CAN totally do that I’m a level six gymnast,it’s easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. loser says:

    hee hee hee..foot lady

  25. Carl Johnson says:

    Oh my goodness that’s scary!

  26. WantonAnton says:

    At first I thought it was a headless chiken with a gymastic suit on with no left leg….. then i saw it was a girl with her head back and her foot up behind her.

  27. Jessica says:

    My daughter is a Rhythmic Gymnast, she can do that, but thank goodness never had a pic like that one!!! It’s called a SPLIT RING LEAP, because the body forms a “ring” with her back leg up like that, but because she’s facing the camera head on, no pun intented, she’s got no head. :) cool

  28. Tammy says:

    used 2 do gymnastics ….. i’ve done tha before lol

  29. Susan says:

    You all can all see that the body is cut and pasted and the head is cut off by Paint or something. It is totally fake. It’s supposed to trick 1 person maxium but you guys are 1 million AT LEAST.

  30. Keith is not my name says:

    its probably a fake picture i mean there easy to make thesee days. i could do dat on paint. all u have to do is cut around the head and click cut. den draw wat the backround would look like over the spot where her head is. den from another pic u can cut around a foot and copy and paste it into this pic.

  31. callme says:

    im a gymnast. its some kind of special leap type thngy

  32. Gymnast Twins says:

    We are gymnasts, that is very easy for us. I cant believe you guys cant do it

  33. Anonymous says:

    i kno, they might of got the picture and earased the head and put the picture wif a back ground , ( im only 13) i did this in halloween in my school

  34. LurNnoblez says:

    Her neck and head r at her thigh…..
    duh….. that is a simple gymnast trick…but not alot of non gymnast no this

  35. Anonymous says:

    I’m a Gymnast as well and i can put my head that far back i train 26 and a half hours a week!!!!!!!! i Went to Melbourne for a competition just recently and i WON!!!!!!!!! Yippee so i would say no illusion but could fool any dopey person anywayz so cool!!! c ya

  36. Anonymous says:

    This Reminds Me Od a Song… – Wheres Your Head At – by: Basement Jaxx, Lol

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hillarious! This is definitely one of my favorite illusions I have ever seen!

  38. Neva says:

    it is real…the end…if you actually believe that’s done with photoshop you’re wrong, if you think it was done with paint you are an idiot, not EVERYTHING in the world is a lie

    I hope as a photographer that I will get to take neato shots like that

  39. guitarking says:

    wow… its kind of obvious that she has her head bent back, but it is so sweet that someone can actually do that. its kinda creepy, though.

  40. Artistic says:

    that is so easy to do.

  41. Anonymous says:

    okay she’s deffinatly facing tord you because of the way her knee is bent in the back, i bet that her head is bent back but i dought someone would edit her head out
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  42. Anonymous says:

    tha is very very very weird!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    i can do that its so cool

  44. gymnast11 says:

    I am a gymnast and im 11! Thats so easy to do! Her head is just bent back and her knee is bent so her foot is up!

  45. Anonymous says:

    It is fairly obvious. Her head is bent all the way back.

  46. chosen1 says:

    tha image is mind blowing!!!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Duh the head was just photoshoped out DUHHHHH RETARDS!

  48. Anonymous says:

    duh, all she is doing is bending her neck backwards. a lot.

  49. Anonymous says:

    that suck her head is behind her back

  50. rachel says:

    Very cool! I think I might try that some time. Hmm… I wonder if it’ll work on me…. well only one way to find out.:-D

  51. Katie &amp; Abby -♥- twins says:

    Oh we’ve seen this before! She has a really flexible neck its disgusting if you look at pictures on this other website from the side. Sorry but we don’t know the name of the site.my friend showed us

  52. yo momma says:

    wow!!!! this is the most retarted thing ever… who ever is scared of these illusions shits r big BABIES!!! screw who ever put this on this page..!!! c ya♥♥

  53. Teag. says:

    Photoshopped you can easily tell.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Wow “momentarily headless” pic “momentarily scared” me for awhile. :P

  55. Anonymous says:

    there is a sort of weird face on her foot

  56. Anonymous says:

    Ahhaha she looks like one of those monsters from spy kids…u know the ones made out of thumbs!

  57. rena says:

    i personally think it is possible.. a combination of gymnastic skill and perfect (by chance) camera angle and timing.. it’s a cool photo.

  58. Carla Moraes says:

    Essa é simplesmente, fan-tás-tica.

  59. a v b says:

    thats easy just leap in the air n do splits in the air n bend your head back to your leg.

    i do it at my gymnastics place called ……

    cant tell ya u will join haha

  60. Cornelius says:

    Hey a foot for a head!!! Plus, it is bent so as to look like it has strange facial features. Let’s make a story involving a race of these alien foot beings walking around doing strange noises.

  61. delanebug says:

    okay im in gymnastics and that is imposible! and you cant even see her neck! its photo shoped out and i know it!!!!!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow thats like soooo last year!!! and yes it is POSSIBAL I CAN DO IT!!!! she bent her leg back to her head and bent her head WAAAAAY back!!!

  63. Anonymous says:

    totally sweet! this HAS to be my favourite…

  64. Rolling Star says:

    for people who think it’s photo shopped…thrust me it’s not
    If you want to see a video of people actually doing stuff like that go here

  65. Anonymous says:

    Paralympics, headless athletics!

  66. Anonymous says:

    looks more like the foot is her head lol

  67. Anonymous says:

    WOW and it’s like he, or she is made from styrofoam cuz of the broken (seemingly) foot! i got an email with optical illusion pictures including this right after i changed the illusion after i saw this. weird,

  68. hello says:

    While parents are all illusions

  69. tacos says:

    haha lol kewl

  70. andrew says:

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    it looks like it

  71. javonte says:

    these ppl r verrrrry bendy so yea it’s like she never had a head

  72. kane says:

    is it me or does her foot where her head should be looks like it has a face on it with the heel being the chin/ mouth

  73. Grace says:

    If you want to attempt this, you need some stuff:
    1:a flexible neck
    2: a flexible leg.
    3:a leotard

  74. Carlie says:

    oh my god that person is stretchy :P

  75. dw817 says:

    The Master Of Disguise does the headless thing better as the Turtle. :)

  76. Anything says:

    Long leg and neck is boneless?? LOl

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