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By on August 11, 2015, with 1 Comment  

Today’s optical illusion is one of the most amazing pieces I’ve seen in quit a while! This swimming pool illusion is the work of Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich. The work itself really speaks for itself, and it’s sure to blow your mind!

swimming pool illusion

It looks like the people in the pool are fully clothed, doesn’t it? That wouldn’t be so unusual, but the fact that they’re also just walking around on the bottom of the pool like it’s just a stroll in the park is more than a little odd!

Here’s another angle of this swimming pool illusion to help you get a little perspective…


By now, I’m sure you can figure out how this swimming pool illusion works. It’s not a pool at all, but rather a big empty space. The inside of the swimming pool is painted blue and has drains, just like a real swimming pool. Water is suspended on to of the empty space with a piece of glass, giving it the illusion of a real swimming pool when viewed from the top.

This swimming pool illusion is on display at the 21st Century Art Museum in Kanazawa, Japan. A similar swimming pool illusion has also been installed at the PS1 Art Center in New York City.

Don’t forget to rate today’s swimming pool illusion below! If you wanna see some more great swimming pool illusions, head over and check out these mosaic pool illusions!


By on August 10, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Monday morning – rise and shine! It’s the start of a new work week for many of us, so it’s time to shake off the weekend and and put our noses to the grindstone again. I figured that a clever little puzzle illusion would (hopefully) help get your brain working again this morning.

So, let’s jump right to it, shall we? Can you see the hidden horse rider in this puzzling optical illusion?

hidden horse rider illusion 1

Don’t scroll down just yet, or you’ll see the solution early!

This is definitely a clever little drawing! I’m not entirely sure where this hidden horse rider came from originally, but I’m pretty sure it’s some sort of vintage card. At one point in time, optical illusions like these were rather popular. They were used as a source of amusement s well as marketing tools. While optical illusions haven’t completely disappeared from marketing, they aren’t seen as often today. Too bad too, because most people don’t exercise their brain enough these days!

Anyway, back to the hidden horse rider optical illusion…

Have you found him yet? If you don’t see it right away, don’t feel bad. It took me a few moments too. I can tell you that the hidden horse rider really isn’t where you’d expect him to be. Well, at least he isn’t where you’d want any horse rider to be!

Are you ready for a solution yet? I’ve highlighted the hidden horse rider in green below…

hidden horse rider illusion

Apparently, this hidden rider has fallen off of his horse and and under the forelegs of his trusty steed. Definitely not the best place to be!

What did you think of this vintage hidden horse rider optical illusion? Make sure you rate it below! And if you want to see a more modern version of clever marketing optical illusions, be sure to head over and check out this awesome Buenos Aires Zoo marketing campaign!


By on August 9, 2015, with 0 Comments  

We haven’t had a moving optical illusion in a while, have we? Who’s up for a fun rotating illusion this morning? I have to warn you though, this rotating circles illusion can make your eyes go really wonky and give you a headache if you stare at it too long…


Doesn’t it look like the rings are rotating in opposite directions in this rotating circles optical illusion? You’d think this image was an animated GIF, but it’s really not. It’s a static image, and the design and colors of this picture only make it look like the rings are rotating!

Please take a moment to rate today’s rotating rings illusion below! If you loved this moving illusion, you might also like this crazy purple nurple illusion!

By on August 8, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Little girls often dream of living in a castle. These massive stone buildings, with their plethora of rooms and fancy schmancy tapestries, just have some sort of allure, especially for the little ones dreaming of being princesses. I wasn’t much of a girly girl growing up, so castles usually weren’t my thing. But, I think if I would have seen a castle on a pedestal, I would have been so much more intrigued…

castle in birdbath

This castle illusion is an awesome perfectly positioned photograph! At first glance, it looks like the castle is sitting atop a stone pedestal, making it even more majestic and beautiful. However, it’s just a castle illusion. The photographer positioned himself in front of a large birdbath in the courtyard with the castle in the background. The castle is also perfectly positioned to make it look like it’s sitting right in the birdbath. The result is this amazing castle illusion!

What do you think of today’s castle illusion? Before you go, make sure you take a second to rate it below! Your ratings help us figure out which illusions you guys like to see, and which ones go to the recycle bin. If you want to see another great illusion, head over and check out this crazy impossible castle!

By on August 7, 2015, with 1 Comment  

Good morning to all! I have a strange and fun optical illusion for you today, so let’s jump right into it, shall we?

Today’s optical illusion was sent in by a follower on the Mighty Optical Illusions Facebook page. (Thanks, Kovács!) When I looked at it, I had to do a bit of a double take and it gave me a good chuckle. At first, it looks like something of a genetic anomaly…

one head two bodies

It looks like a set of conjoined twins, doesn’t it? It’s a person with one head and two bodies! However, since conjoined twins are identical twins as well, I highly doubt that this is even possible. And can you imagine living into adulthood with one head two bodies? Seems like it would be a tad difficult. One of the bodies would probably always be running into stuff like walls, trees, and street signs…

Nope, this one head two bodies illusion is just that—an illusion! It’s the result of a perfectly positioned photograph. The man is resting with his head propped up on the woman’s head and her arm is covering the spot where the two bodies meet. Still sounds a bit uncomfortable for her, but it makes for an interesting illusion of a person with one head and two bodies!

Don’t forget to rate this one head two bodies illusion below! If you want to see another great perfectly posed photo illusion, head over and check out the headless girl!

By on August 6, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Some time at the lake sounds just about perfect today! It’s not too hot, not too cold, and not too windy. A great day for getting in a little fishing! Who’s with me? I also have the perfect spot to go too…

upside down lake

Looks nice and peaceful, doesn’t it? Although…something just doesn’t seem quite right, does it? Maybe that’s because this is an upside down lake!

The picture was taken normally, I’m sure, but it was rotated 180 degrees later. The sky now looks like the water in this upside down lake illusion. The actual shore line looks like the reflection of trees in the water, and the real reflections look like the shore. You might never know that this is an upside down lake illusion at all if it wasn’t for the strange looking “sky” in the upper right portion of the photo. The main “lake”, which is actually a sky, is very prominent in this image, so your eyes are automatically drawn to it. It takes a bit for your brain to realize that something is a little off about this whole photo.

Don’t forget to rate today’s upside down lake illusion below! When you’re done, head over and see if you can find the lady in the pond!

By on August 5, 2015, with 3 Comments  

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for a classic optical illusion today. Lucky for us, I recently found such an illusion that I don’t think has been published on the site yet. Well at least I don’t think so. This white circles optical illusion is definitely simple, but it’s still a great illusion!

Check it out! How many white circles do you see inside this optical illusion? (Not including the half-circles around the perimeter.)

White circles optical illusion

Hopefully this white circles optical illusion wasn’t too hard on the eyes for you!

So, how did you go about counting the white circles in this optical illusion? Did you count each one individually, or did you count the circle in one row and one column and multiply for the answer. I hate to tell you, but no matter which method you used to find your answer, you’re probably wrong.

There’s a reason that this is called a white circles optical illusion, Now look at the image closely. Do you really see any actual white circles, or any circles for the matter? Or are your eyes playing tricks on you?

After further inspection of this illusion, you probably noticed that there are no white circles at all. There are just black crosses on a white background. Your eyes are tricking you by overcompensating and filling in the rest of what looks like circles. In reality, though, there’s nothing but white space between the black crosses.

Did this white circles optical illusion trick you? After you rate today’s illusion below, head over and count the white dots!

By on August 4, 2015, with 2 Comments  

Today’s illusion is another submission from the Mighty Optical Illusions Facebook page. Thanks to Ruben for this one!

It’s not uncommon for people to see illusions in their food, especially faces. History is full of people who have claimed to see religious figures in their meals. Jesus, for instance, has been spotted in everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to pancakes to pierogis. Sometimes, though, the food illusions are a little simpler…like this happy face potato!


This little happy face potato is just grinning away, oblivious to everything around him! Honestly, though, I can’t imagine why he’s so happy in the first place. Does he not notice the hot deep fryers behind him? Is he unaware of his sizzling fate?

Maybe this little happy face potato was so cute that he was spared. Maybe the fry cook had a heart and decided not to chop him up and fry him into delicious greasy sticks of crunchy potato goodness. You think…?

Yeah, me neither. It’s just nice to imagine a story with a happy ending from time to time. So, goodbye happy face potato! I’m sure you’ll make a tasty treat for some lucky diner.

What did you think of today’s happy face potato illusion? Be sure to rate it below! If you know of any great optical illusions that might be a good fit for the site, ,be sure to send them our way via the Mighty Optical Illusions Facebook page!