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While browsing internet archives for some new billboards, I’ve stumbled upon a peculiar ad done by Mercedes-Benz. It’s depicts their attempt to re-invent the classic Marilyn Monroe – Albert Einstein illusion, and give it a whole new meaning! Apart from saying this poster was done for the new Viano, there is no need to explain it further as the images below speak for themselves. What you’ll see further below (inside this post) is a close up of a central photo. When did it switch?!! I think this example perfectly showcases original illusion in action! You can see the full size poster by opening the photo below in a new window.

Mercedes Re Invents Marilyn Einstein Optical Illusion
Mercedes Re Invents Marilyn Einstein Optical Illusion


43 Responses
  1. Honey says:

    this is totally perfect illusion ;bbb

  2. Miranda says:

    If you back away from the closer one, you’ll see the transition from intelligence to beauty.

  3. Ashley B says:

    Hey that’s cool!

  4. honey says:

    that’s really cool!!!!

  5. chris says:

    cool! i totally thought it was marylin monroe.
    isnt that one of those hybrid illusions?

  6. Brad says:

    i need to forcefully zoom in a WHOLE LOT to get albert einstein to appear, and i’m not even on that high of a screen resolution! :P With optical illusions liek this though, screen resolutions do play a big part…

  7. ky says:

    it switched to a/e when i got farther away

  8. vrej says:

    i fell for it too! :) nice illusion

  9. Slammer says:

    I don’t particularly like this illusion, but done this way it is kinda cool.

  10. Dani says:

    This is awesome! I have seen the illusion before but it’s clever the way they incorporated it into an advertisement.

  11. layne says:

    hahahaha!!! nice one

  12. oohwow says:

    this is cool, if you squint at the close up of einstein you can see marilyn again!

  13. Samuel Norbury says:

    that’s really cool

  14. Richard Haviland says:

    I must agree, “sheer intelligence”………

  15. First says:

    love it

  16. dEricT says:


    Got it…

  17. SnowBerey says:

    hahaha funny

  18. Alex says:

    Just squint!

  19. FIRST ……maybe cool illusion

  20. fossda says:

    is it scary 1st comment yay

  21. very clever. blur your eyes and it goes back to being marilyn.

  22. We have had that one before…

  23. Yulia says:

    That is really cool, I think :)

  24. herzmeister der welten says:

    women with beards … brrrrr

  25. Jessica says:

    Einstein looks really creepy. It’s a great idea, but it wasn’t executed very well.

  26. guest says:

    It also works if you just squint your eyes.. nice illusion(:

  27. John Foo Heng Wei says:

    Wooo first Anyway cool illsuion though

  28. Andrew says:

    good…Woman to einstine

  29. colin says:

    i was prepared for that, but mercedes?

  30. fossda says:

    no it isnt sorry

  31. Yes indeed “sheer intelligence”……..

  32. asianpearlkeeper says:

    That’s awesome!

  33. Whittney says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  34. Jim says:

    finally, someone with a lot of beauty and brains

  35. suzanne becker says:

    loves that

  36. Aaaaaaaand this chick says:

    That’s totally awesome :3

    (and if you move back from the “sheer intelligence” one, it turns to beauty :D XD)

  37. john says:


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