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By on September 15, 2015, with 2 Comments  

You probably remember a few months back when a simple dress took the Internet by storm overnight. Almost everyone had an opinion about this color illusion—whether it was white and gold or blue and black. Some even saw it one way, then it changed to another color, seemingly like magic and sometimes right before their eyes!

That’s the beauty of a color illusion, though. You may see one color, but your mind is blown when you find out that it’s actually a different color. The brain plays tricks on you in the right conditions. Today’s illusion is a color illusion. Granted, it’s not as complex and amazing as the blue and black / white and gold dress illusion, but it’s still pretty neat. Take a look at the picture below and tell me how many different colors you see…

color optical illusion

Chances are you saw four colors—green, white, red, and pink. But, if you remember that this is a color illusion, you probably already know that that’s not the case!

You brain is playing tricks on you! In reality, there are only three colors—green, white, and pink. The pink looks much lighter on one side because it’s surrounded by white squares and much darker, almost red, on the other side because it’s surrounded by the green squares. If you don’t believe me, that’s okay. Open this color illusion image in a photo editor and use the color picking tool to check for yourself!

What did you think of today’s color illusion? Be sure to rate it below! Then, head over and check out this color tile illusion for some more colorful fun!

By on September 14, 2015, with 1 Comment  

If you’re familiar with the classic Rubens vase optical illusion, you’ll probably get this moth or faces optical illusion right away…

moth or faces illusion

My question is, though, which did you see first in this moth or faces optical illusion? The moth or the faces?

I’m actually really curious if different people find it easier to see one or the other first. I also wonder if the colors of the illusions like this make a difference. For instance, in this moth or faces illusion, is it easier to see the moth first because it’s black? What would happen if the colors were reversed, like this?

moth or faces illusion reversed

Now do you think it’s easier to see the faces first? I’d love to hear your opinion on this! Weigh in below and let us know which subject you saw first in this moth or faces illusion in the comments below! Also, did reversing the black and white make it easier to see one or the other?

If you liked this moth or faces illusion, you might also want to check out this Rorschach card illusion!

By on September 13, 2015, with 2 Comments  

Sometimes photographers get crazy lucky and snap an unforgettable shot. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but when it does, it’s like hitting the jackpot! That’s what happened with this shot of a shadow illusion…

Glen Canyon shadow optical illusion

This shadow illusion looks like the hiker’s shadow is actually falling over the edge of the cliff that the man is walking along. I’ve actually had this shadow illusion in my little arsenal of illusions to post, but haven’t been able to figure it out. Until just recently, that is!

This photo was taken in Glen Canyon, Utah by photographer Darrell Staggs. The hiker’s shadow actually falls on a pool of water. That same pool of water is also reflecting the canyon wall behind the hiker, making it look like the hiker’s shadow is falling over the cliff!

It’s definitely a perfectly timed photo and overall a pretty awesome shadow illusion!

Wanna see another awesome shadow illusion? Head over and check out this shadow with eyes!

By on September 12, 2015, with 3 Comments  

It took me quite a while to figure out today’s illusion. It was sent into the Mighty Optical Illusions Facbook page by Patrick C. I can back to the image a few times and finally had to message Patrick to have him tell me what was wrong with this picture!

Can you do better than me? What’s wrong with this image?


If you look hard enough, you can probably spot something that’s a little off about it. But, do can you explain it? Leave your guesses in the comments below.

After you figure out what’s wrong with this picture, head over and see if you can spot the dog in this illusion!

By on September 11, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Brrr! The air is starting to get pretty chilly in the mornings, and you know what that means…autumn is here and Old Man Winter isn’t far behind! I, myself, am not a big fan of winter. I really can’t handle the cold and would love to follow the many birds and butterflies that migrate to warmer climates down south every winter! Like these butterflies…

butterflies illusion

Unfortunately,though, these poor butterflies seem to be a bit confused. Instead of flying straight down south, they appear to be flying in a circle. I doubt they’ll get very far, but it’s a fun flying butterflies illusion anyway! If you’re having trouble seeing this flying butterflies illusion, try looking slightly to the left or right of the image; you should see them move, as if they’re flying in a circle.

If you love moving illusions, you won’t want to miss this crazy moving tunnel illusion! It’s one of my favorites!

By on September 10, 2015, with 1 Comment  

There’s a good chance that what I’m about to show you will blow your mind! It’s a pretty awesome building illusions that, if you don’t know how it was done, will leave you wondering!

There’s not really much explaining this building illusion yet, so I’ll just have to show you and take it from there. You might even be able to figure it out on your own before I reveal the spoiler pictures at the end of the post.

leandro erlich building illusion 1

This first image really isn’t that strange. I’m not really sure why people are sitting on their window ledges, but hey—to each their own, right? But, things start to get weirder from here…

leandro erlich building illusion 3

Now this is a strange building illusion! People seem to be falling, crawling, and hanging all over the front of this building! Seems a little dangerous if you ask me. But is it really? Let’s check out another picture…

leandro erlich building illusion 2

Are things starting to become a little clearer to you now? If not, this next image should completely give away the secret behind (or rather in front of) this awesome building illusion…

leandro erlich building illusion 4 spoiler

Do you understand now? The “building” in this building illusion isn’t a building at all. It’s nothing more than a mock building facade created on the ground, and a huge mirror is placed above the building facade at a 45 degree angle.

This interactive building illusion, constructed by Argentinean architect Leandro Erlich, allows people to get an interesting perspective of themselves. They can sit, crawl, stand, and lay down on the building facade and look up to see themselves in the mirror. I would love to play around on this interactive illusion! Alas! I don’t see myself making it to the Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, China any time soon, so it looks like I’m a bit out of luck.

Wouldn’t you love to play on this interactive building illusion? If you ever travel the world, you can also make a stop in Holland and stay in this funky hotel! Don’t forget to send me a postcard!

By on September 9, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and these days we have the world at our fingertips! Almost anything we need to know or learn is literally only a click or tap away. The potential for learning and expanding our minds is almost limitless. It’s crazy! People have all of this information, and…we choose to use it to look at funny cat pictures and other weird things.

Well, I guess a funny cat picture or two really isn’t gonna hurt much in the long run. Some of them sure are a hoot, and a marathon meme session can be a nice stress reliever after a long hard day. Even I get sucked in by a funny cat picture from time to time. (Okay, probably more often than I’m willing to admit…)

In fact, I love this funny cat picture that was sent to the Mighty Optical Illusions Facebook page by reader Kovács.

fun cat picture illusion

In addition to being a cute and funny cat picture, it’s also a pretty neat photo illusion! The cat’s ear and head blend in perfectly with the guy’s head, and it’s a little hard to tell where one ends and the other begins!

Thanks again, Kovács! And if anyone else has any illusions they’d like to submit, you can send them in a message to the Mighty Optical Illusions Facebook page.

If you liked this funny cat picture, head over and check out this cat with a human reflection for another little chuckle!

By on September 8, 2015, with 3 Comments  

I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe Labor Day weekend! But, it’s back to the grindstone for us working stiffs. Bummer. Then again, those bills won’t pay themselves, now will they?

Today, I have a pretty cool ambiguous face illusion drawn by Humberto Machado. Tell me—is this a mad or sad face?

Mad or sad face ambiguous face humberto machado

I have to admit that this one almost stumped me. It took me forever to figure out the mad or sad face illusion here! In reality, there are actually two faces in this picture. One face is just harder to see than the other one. You either have to look at the image just right or cover part of the image to see both faces.

You most likely spotted the sad faced man right off the bat. Finding the mad faced man, though, will be a bit trickier. If you see it, don’t spoil it in the comments! You can leave hints and clues, but try not to give it away completely.

If you liked this mad or sad face, don’t forget to rate it below!

If you liked this mad or sad face Humberto Machado illusion, head over and see if you can find both the swan and the squirrel!