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Jenkins Animated Face IllusionJenkins Animated Face IllusionJust saw a fascinating TED talk the other day, titled “Is our Universe The Only Universe?” by Brian Greene. In fact, the speaker was so good with his presentational skills he was almost too good to be true. For a minute there I even doubted this guy was actually a theoretical physicist. I thought to myself: “he has to be some kind of phoney; an ordinary marketer, day-to-day philosopher throwing unsupported claims and phrases at us, whose whole purpose is to shock and make a spectacle”.

But then it hit me – I know this guy from before! I even read one of his books, The Elegant Universe. Brian Greene is truly a genius, one I have appreciated for a very long time. It takes a true genius to simplify such complex thematic, and present it in an appealing way so everyone can understand and enjoy it. I warmly recommend you to check his TED talk! Oh, and for the illusion – well, you’ll figure this one yourselves!


35 Responses
  1. L says:

    well, it’s a… head, that goes farther away… and illusion?

  2. Sam says:

    um? I don’t get this.

  3. Izhar says:

    Moving of eye balls from Left to right (on screen).

  4. Peter says:

    Haha, first she is looking left, then crosses her eyes, then is looking right. Still it is the same photo. Good illusion!

  5. Pseudonym says:

    That’s sorta creepy.

  6. Josh says:

    Ooooh neat. Her point of focus switches sides once the image gets very small.

    Poor girl. I really hope those eyes are photoshopped.

  7. Anonymous says:

    No, I DON’T get it!

  8. Ace says:

    Is it supposed to look like he’s looking the other direction?

  9. Pseudonym says:

    That’s sorta creepy…

  10. eric says:

    i guess shes looking to right when its really small… but just shitty quality

  11. Care Bear says:

    I know someone who looks like this. I guess the eyes have it.

  12. I says:

    shes looking to her left,instead of having no pupils or irises (first?)

  13. Joe says:

    Great post!

    I got really mad when you (initially) said that you thought Brian Greene was a fake, an unsubstantial quack.

    The very thought!

    I’m glad you knew who he is though. In fact, everyone should know who his is, and watch his NOVA series ‘The Elegant Universe’, which is totally awesome, very informational, and just plain out-of-this-world.

    Neat illusion too. ;)

  14. breandan says:

    I agree, I think Brian Greene is a genius too. I like him as much as I like Dr. Machio Kaku. I always felt S. Hawking, meaning no disrespect, was laughing at me.
    BTW- I got it

    PS Do theoretical physicists have fan clubs?

    • eric says:

      no but they have groupies ;)
      you’re so wrong though – hawkings is a great guy; better even than the former 2
      watch S.H. How the Universe Works (3 parter)

  15. Yep says:

    Don’t see any illusion, just a blurry face.

  16. Richard says:

    THe llusion is in the eye which actually do not change at all. What happens is that the shadow on the right corner as it gets smaller gets darker and appears to be the eye pupil. But if you look closely at the very light colored pupils they do not move they get lighter as the image gets smaller and eventuially ‘disappear’.

  17. Magpiez says:

    Even after being told what the supposed illusion is, I still cant see it. Yes up close the subtle shadows could very very vaguely be construed as looking screen left then later when smaller the definition is lost and the darker shadows near the centre of the face could if you are desperate enough be construed as looking screen right, but jeez its one hell of a long stretch of the imagination even when you try.

    nice idea but not well executed

  18. dan says:

    She is looking to the left all of the time; where do you focus your eyes to be able to see a shift of her eyes?

  19. Tom says:

    watch her eyes, great illusion

  20. marcy says:

    Warning! I am revealing the illusion
    Her eyes starts to look in the opposite direction!

  21. Tonya says:

    I have watched this many times and though I know what I am suppose to see, I really don’t see it. I can force myself to imagine what is suppose to be there but when it gets smaller the eyes just seem to get blurry rather than move. IDK I guess just not one for me.

  22. Patti says:

    I don’t get it either.

  23. Dave says:

    boy or girl doesn’t matter….this one is LAME

  24. klikmac says:

    the eyes are always looking lef, but the shadow on the right is very dark. it appears as the eyes.

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  26. Tony says:

    Should-A gone to Specsavers!

  27. tienuien says:

    well.. this “illusion” pritty bad. Seen better ones here.

  28. Bipin says:

    Eyes changed direction at very last moment. subsequently it started happening earlier.
    Good one

  29. leslie says:

    I GET IT! there is a shadow on her eye and her real eyes blend a lot with the white and when it gets further away you cant see her real eye color so the shadow makes her eyes look the other way!

  30. Pranjal says:

    waste o time…

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