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By on June 9, 2015, with 1 Comment  

We’ve been having some weird summer weather here lately. It’s normally sunny and beautiful, it’s been nothing but stormy, rainy, and wet this year. So, I figured if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em, and I went in search of a puddle illusion.

Today’s puddle illusion is an oldie but a goodie. It’s been floating around the Internet for a while now, and I’m just getting around to posting it.

Take a look…

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It looks like a person’s reflection in a puddle, doesn’t it. However, when you really look at the picture, you begin to realize that something just isn’t quite right. For instance, someone’s reflection and shoes are there, but the actual person is not! It’s impossible, for lack of a better word.

Judging from the position of the legs in the reflection, I think it’s safe to say that this puddle illusion is nothing more than a clever Photoshop job. It’s still a pretty great illusion, though, and it definitely made me do a double take!

What did you think of this Photoshop illusion? If you lied this one, you might also like this Guitar Reflection Optical Illusion and this Face of Paris Optical Illusion!

By on June 8, 2015, with 1 Comment  

Today’s impossible box illusion comes from the amazing mind of magician Jerry Andrus. When I first saw this illusion, I didn’t know who the man in the image was, but I just had to find out! So, trusty Google, here I come!

Ardus was a respected magician, as well as an inventor. He particularly had a love for optical illusions, and he actually created interesting illusions in his shop that he dubbed the ”Castle of Chaos”. One of the illusions created in his Castle of Chaos was this impossible box illusion…

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If you just glance at this impossible box illusion, nothing looks out of the ordinary. It just looks like a man standing in a wooden crate supported by rope. However, a closer inspection might just blow your mind a little!

The rear right vertical board in this impossible box illusion connect the top and bottom rear horizontal boards—but it also passes in front of the top front horizontal board. A similar twist occurs on the front vertical board connecting the front top and bottom boards. When you look at it a little closer, you can’t help but wonder how this man is even standing in this impossible box!

The true illusion lover in me is in awe and utterly curious as to how this impossible box illusion really works. So, I did a little digging around, and came up with the answer…

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The secret behind this impossible box is that it’s not a box at all. It’s just a simple flat panel wood construction photographed at the right angle. It actually consists of a back panel and two side panels, one pointing toward the front and another pointing toward the back. The rope is strung strategically to make it look like it’s supporting the box.

Amazing, really! I can’t imagine the planning and work that went into this impossible box illusion! Jerry Andrus was actually a pretty fascinating guy, and he unfortunately passed away in 2007. However, you can read more about him and his work on his website, JerryAndrus.org.

This impossible box illusion is actually the real life version of the impossible crate illusion that was posted several years back.

By on June 7, 2015, with 2 Comments  

Have you ever laid on the ground and looked for images in the clouds? Gone hiking and saw a tree that reminded you of something? Well, today’s tree optical illusion is a little nod to all of those fun images that we see in nature all around us…

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It’s pretty obvious that this tree didn’t actually grow like this, but it’s still a fun tree illusion! It’s not every day that you see a tree in the shape of a head. Well, at least I’d hope not, otherwise I’m really missing out!

If you liked this tree optical illusion, you might want to hop over and find the faces in the tree!

By on June 6, 2015, with 6 Comments  

Let’s start this weekend with a fun little optical illusion. Take a look at this image, and tell me what you see…

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What’s on top of the column? Is it a hole or a pyramid? Kinda hard to tell, huh?

When you first look at this illusion, one or the other—a hole or pyramid—probably jumps out at you. When you look at it again and focus on it, you can probably see it switch to the other one, either a hole or pyramid, depending on what you saw the first time around. It does look like a pyramid, but when you really look at it, the angles and shadows also make it look like there’s a hole going down through the center of the column.

BUT… (There’s always a but, isn’t there??)

I can tell you with a fair amount of certainty that there is no hole. This is a pyramid illusion, plain and simple, and I have proof! Can you see what I’m seeing? Why do I think this is a pyramid…?

This illusion is similar to the tunnel or pyramid illusion that we posted several years back, and nobody could seem to agree on what it really was!

By on June 5, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Here on Mighty Optical Illusions, we love hearing from our loyal followers! (And our newbies—don’t get me wrong!) We especially love it when they giv us a heads up on new illusions that we’ve never seen before. After all, it can be tough finding new illusions after several years.

Today’s illusion comes from a Facebook fan, and it’s a pretty awesome one!

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Is it just me, or does it look like that guy in the background has a really creepy long arm?? I know! It blew my mind a little when I first saw the photo! If you cover the woman on the eft with your hand, it’s even creepier looking! Since you don’t see the second person in the foreground, it really does look like the guy in the background has a super long arm.

Of course, if you look at this photo a little closer, you can see that the man in the background isn’t a freak of nature with a 10 foot arm. Instead, the hand on the woman’s shoulder actually belongs to the woman on the right. The angle of the camera, though, creates a fun optical illusion!

Did you like this photo illusion? Maybe you can figure out who’s hugging whom?

By on June 4, 2015, with 0 Comments  

It’s been a little while since this site has tried to trick your brain with a little color optical illusion. So, today I thought I’d throw out a color optical illusion to get you thinking.

First, I want you to take a look at this image, specifically the gray bar…

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Is the gray bar one solid color? Or is it lighter on one end and darker on the other end?

If you said it looks like the right side of the gray bar is darker than the left side, you’d be right! Sort of…

While the gray bar in the image above looks like a gradient of different shades of gray, going fro a light gray to a dark gray, it’s not. It only looks like it is. The reality is, though, that the gray bar is actually one solid color, and your eyes just tricked you with another color optical illusion.

Our brain actually takes in not just the gray bar, but also the area surrounding it. Since the background in this color optical illusion is a gradient going from black to white, the left side of the bar looks like it’s lighter than the left, because it’s surrounded by a darker hue. The right side of the bar however, looks darker than it really is because it’s surrounded by a much lighter color. The two sides of the gray bar contrast with the different sides of the gradient and, therefore, appear to be different colors.

Still not entirely convinced about the gray bar in this color optical illusion? Check out this animated GIF, which removes the gradient background…

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Once the background is removed from this color optical illusion, you can see that the gray bar is, in fact, one solid color. Pretty nifty trick, no?

Up for a couple more color optical illusions like this? Check out this colored squares illusion and this contrast changing optical illusion!

 

By on June 3, 2015, with 0 Comments  

I really should have saved today’s illusion for Halloween, but I just couldn’t help myself! This fog illusion is such a a neat and simple illusion, that I just had to share it when I found it!

Now, take a good long look at this foggy field, and tell me what you see… Go ahead—stare at it for a bit. I’ll wait.

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Did you see them? Coming for you?? Creepy, no?

When you first glance at this zombies in the fog illusion, it looks like just another normal pretty scenery picture. Stare at it, though, and “They” start to appear—the ZOMBIES! If you’re still having trouble seeing them, take a good long look at where the ground should be. Zombie like beings should start to appear from the fog.

In reality, the zombies aren’t really appearing out of nowhere in this creepy fog illusion. This is a still image and not an animated illusion. The zombies—or whatever they are—are actually there the whole time. It just takes a moment or two for your eyes to adjust and the zombies to come into focus. It only really worked the first time for me though. Now whenever I look at this fog illusion, I see the zombies right away, most likely because I already know that they’re there. It’s still a great fog illusion and pretty shocking when you see it for the very first time!

What did you think of this fog illusion? Were you able to see the zombies appear before your eyes? If you liked this optical illusion, you might also like this disappearing stars optical illusion and this disappearing colors optical illusion!

By on June 2, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Have you ever just had one of those days where you feel like you’re going a little crazy? Yesterday was that day for me, and the illusion I found for today’s post didn’t help much!

Take a look at today’s illusion and ask yourself…is it moving??

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If you concentrate on the center of this spinning optical illusion, it doesn’t look like it’s moving much. However, if you look outside of the image it looks as though this optical illusion is spinning! You can get the same effect by slowly moving your eyes back and forth across the image.

Don’t believe that this spinning optical illusion is really stationary? Put your finger on one of the the orange spokes. You’ll see that the orange spoke you choose will still be under your finger when you look back proving that the image is stationary. It’s all just a trick of the eye, and definitely enough to freak you out a little on this early Tuesday morning!

I’m not sure who originally created this spinning optical illusion, but I do know that it was most likely inspired by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Japanese professor of psychology. Kitaoka specialized in visual perception and illusions, particularly those involving geometrical shape, brightness, and color. He became well known for his rotating snakes illusion.

If this rotating optical illusion wasn’t quite trippy enough for you, we’ve got lots of great illusions for you to look at! Take a look at these Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka inspired illusions or this moving tunnel optical illusion!