The Headless Gymnast

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 ;)

78 Replies to “The Headless Gymnast”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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
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  6. I’m a gymnast. She still has a head! She is just doing a leap with her head
    leaning way back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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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  16. 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 friend showed us

  17. 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♥♥

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!!

  22. 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,

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