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By on April 10, 2007, with 46 Comments

William Blanchard came across this classic version of a Young Lady or an Old Hag Illusion, and thought of my site immediately. Glad he did! I’m not positive, but maybe this illusion was already posted on Mighty Illusions in the past, if you find it in our archives, be sure to let me know. I saw it many times, but probably forgot to publish it online. As you see, first thing you see on the photo below, is the old couple. If you look the picture more closely, you will see that the old couple’s spirit is still alive, and that they are happy and still in love. They magically transform to their young versions, when they sang, played guitar and enjoyed their life. The picture is great because, it has meaning and you can think of a hundred related stories and metaphors just by looking at them.

Old Couple, Young Couple Illusion


46 Responses
  1. Baller77 says:

    Yes, first comment

  2. Baller77 says:

    Yes #1
    I see it, but the old couple looks really unrealistic
    The bottle next to the young lady doesn’t look like an earing

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes #3-the best!! I like this site it is so cool, keep it up. This pic is good.

  4. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

    i think its really clever! Go u Vurdlak!! the old woman certainly is wrinkly!

  5. Christopher says:

    I think all these people who try and get #1 are retarted. and baller77 I wanna see you do better

  6. Edward Anderson says:

    I like how the chalice formed by the empty space between them is a repeated pattern on the Old Man’s shirt…Very nice.

  7. RJ says:

    Now this is the kind of illusions i like.

  8. mullymusic says:

    what ? no mention of the golden goblet between them ? i couldn’t be the only person seeing that.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think the second one looks young or old in particular. They’re just dressed differently and are further away.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow. If you look above the “vase” between there faces, you see what looks like a crown!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Um…it is not a young couple you see…(last time I checked, women don’t have sideburns…atleast they are not supposed to) but rather a Turkish looking man (with an empty bottle beside him (though Muslims were not suppose to drink).

    As well, it is also apparent that it is a variation of the old silhoetter versus chalis (vase) illusion as well.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow there really is a golden goblet. I think that this illusion is great! At first I could only see the old couple but when I looked closer I saw the young couple too.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have to say, I’m a little creeped out by the old people.

  14. Alex_can_fly says:

    This is good, but I think I’d be pretty scared if I saw someone who looked like that!

  15. Anonymous says:

    the guitar on the man looks weird!

  16. Dave says:


    I think you wil find it is either a young couple or a man and another one who has undergone constructive chest surgery.

    Side burns, you haven’t seen my mother in Law ! LOL

  17. Tim says:

    This is a fantastic site. It’s nice to see you take the time to enrich other people’s lives.
    Oh, and Christopher (#5) – you spelled “retarded” wrong! Hmm…
    Keep up the good work!

  18. Nickbb9 says:

    ok this is sweet but I mean come on! like someone else said: that bottle SO doesn’t look like an earing and like I said: the end of the mans guitar looks like there is half a lemon coming out of his nose! Also, they look DEAD! There eyes are like half closed!

    Anyway it’s still pretty good! Keep getting these!

    Yankees Lover!

  19. AK says:

    Its excellent..you people are being overly critical. Also, am I the only person who has noticed the young maiden, which is supposed to be the old mans ear. Shes naked..haha

  20. Anonymous says:

    Just like to say this.. its a very clever illusion like how the young ppl’s legs make the old ppl’s skins etc.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yankees Lover?? My god u r sad. Do so little ppl like the Yankees that they hav to advertise it through optical illusion forums?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think it is creepy! i dont get why people want 1st comment!

  23. Anonymous says:

    ppl..the golden goblet is not the point. The goblet illusion is a very old and classic illusion, whereas this is a modern version with about 5 ways to look at it.

  24. Megan says:

    wut is it supposed to be… an old and young couple or a vase?? im confused.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Yes #25!!! I’m sooo excited!…

  26. Swan says:

    Am I the only one who notices the two people sitting in the middle are both guys? There is a woman but she’s way in the background…2 young men do not equal a loving old couple….

  27. Scan says:

    This is brilliant – I saw the old couple first.

  28. Keryn says:

    Wow thats awesome. On the first look it seems like an old man and woman, then as you look at it more, it seperates. On my third look I noticed that the skin on the mans head is actually a spanish house, with a young woman waiting in the door way. Fantastic.

  29. jojo says:

    am I the only one wondering what the hell the other girl is doing in the old man’s mind?

  30. mopo says:

    It’s awesome! I luv pictures with more than one meaning ^^.

    -_- if you can tell that the bottle is supposed to be an earring, then doesn’t that mean that it does look like one?——-
    and don’t criticize so harshly… unless you can do better -.-

  31. Kate says:

    I think Anonymous # 11 has a good point. It could be meant to be two worlds looking into each others and the younger people might have nothing to do with the illusion of the older couple. I mean the lady coming out of the house near the guy playing guitar could be his wife, and could maybe look like he’s cheating on her or something dramatic, LOL. You never know what it all means, but I wouldn’t throw out the idea that they are both men conversing and being granted the ability to look into each others completely differant worlds. Its a thought, and maybe the golden goblet is the portal to look into each others worlds. Who knows, its a pretty neat image and could have a thousand meanings. I enjoyed everyones comments, some very humorous and made me laugh! :D

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  33. Reece says:

    very good. must’ve taken a long time to perfekt

  34. dragon fire 3000 says:

    AK (#19) is right. the man’s ear is a NAKED GIRL… oolala.

  35. cindy says:

    WeIrD bUt KeWl

  36. nikola says:

    hahaha ilusion :D

  37. Greeng13 says:

    look in bettwen dem its also the vase optical illusion

  38. Chris says:

    Inside the bottle earing is the image of a man.
    6 people,
    a golden chalice
    A crown

  39. Reese says:

    if you look at the mans front face you can see a guy in a mariachi band

  40. Young says:

    I like this picture. If I use it, how can I cite this? Who is the author?

  41. notarealname says:

    i see 2 men not a man and woman and i think there is some one in the mans ear

  42. superlegion says:

    heheh. their faces are actually their younger versions…and the guy’s playing an acoustic guitar!

  43. Anonymus says:

    lol ive seen one of these on an ad for IQ testing!! :O except its ‘ find the lady ‘ and one isnt bald LOL. also they arent made up out of their younger versions.

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