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Now here’s one that will make you scratch your head, and exhaust your brain cells. After carefully observing the picture below, how would you answer the following question – which forefinger points exactly to the middle of the shape’s height? Would you go with finger A, finger B or both at the same time? This optical illusion is only one among pile of great ones created by incredible G. Sarcone. Use the comment form below to explain what influenced your choice! You can see the solution posted after the first picture, so be sure not to scroll down, before thinking of an answer!

Pointing Fingers Optical Illusion
Solution – It’s strange enough how great majority of people firmly believe that both fingers point at the middle of the shape’s height, this also goes for the individuals aware that one on the right appears to be lower (?!). The truth is that only finger B points to middle of the shape’s height, which you can see demonstrated in the figure below:

Pointing Fingers Optical Illusion


53 Responses
  1. Jan says:

    I thought it was finger A

  2. Sham says:


  3. Aaron says:

    Same here…though I don’t understand how someone might think they are at the same level!

    • Michaela says:

      Well I think that people see that it’s an illusion, so they automatically assume that, despite what their eyes see, the hand’s must be at the same level, since that’s the answer to so many illusions.

  4. hitya says:

    this is great!!!!!!!!

  5. I saw right away that is was B ..
    I guess it was cause I tilted my head to the left side, when viewing it.

  6. Nisheeth says:

    I too thought it was Finger A. Finger B seemed to a bit above the mid-point!! Great illusion though.

  7. i thought it was both

  8. Janmanni says:

    I was thinking it could be B.
    But I was also thinking that finger A is pointing too low, not too high. :)

  9. Kimon says:

    Frankly I think the change is too small. Even ignoring finger B and the rest of the shape, it is hard to judge wether dot A is precisely at the middle.

    Also, I think there is an element of GOTCHA for people used to illusions. Most of the time the answer to questions like this is that the difference is an illusion. So people are used to seeing tricks and force themselves to see the items as same.

  10. I8UrCake says:

    I thought A was in the middle with B being higher and this is with my new glasses on. I guess I need new glasses or a new eye Dr. or perhaps a brain surgeon.

  11. tim says:

    Aha! It’s a double trick question! Usually the answer to illusions of this type is “both”

  12. Very interesting optical illusion, sorry to say I picked finger (A)………:(

  13. Care Bear says:

    Don’t point that thing! It’s got a nail in it!

  14. Rita Kay says:

    I thought they were both pointing at the middle because of so many optical illusions that show you two objects that look different but are actually the same… So I thought even though it looks like finger A is pointing a bit higher than finger B, they must both be pointing at the middle.

  15. Perchick says:

    I thought of finger B

  16. cakeforhands says:

    If there seriously are people that think the fingers are on the same level, I do not want them building my house.

  17. Kevin says:

    The difference is so little that visually you can’t see it till you bring your ruler out.

  18. baster says:

    i didnt get the illusion first, the right one is lower for me all the time.

  19. Rae says:

    I thought it was B. It just looked to be more centered–before I saw the solution

  20. Sam says:

    I actually got it right! I just imagined it straightening up in my mind and to me I’d assume that B is lower.

  21. me123987645 says:

    i thought this was one of those illusions where the objects are the same size (in this case the same line), before reading the description. then i took out a ruler to see if they were pointing to the same spot but they weren’t. then i read the description. i guessed wrong!:(

  22. a sureley looked more middleish

  23. jazz says:

    (im pressed as shxt)

  24. Martin says:

    At first I thought it might be a trick question, like To the middle of the Shape, meaning none of them, then I thought both, but looking closer noticed the 2nd was lower by a small margin, but couldn’t determine which if any was exactly in the middle of the height.

  25. Dolphin says:

    People thinking it’s both makes perfect sense. If people know it’s an illusion,they immediately think it’s the most confusing one.However,some people don’t.It might be something to do with our brains,but more likely to be what people usually think of when they think of,”Optical Illusion.”I thought it was finger B.

  26. Alice says:

    I thought it was A

  27. ZL123 says:

    First I thought it was B, but then I figured out that it was a trick, so I thought it was both!
    But alas, it was B!
    Nice illusion.

  28. Chris says:

    I took out a ruler and its side measured 14cm, half of that is 7cm; which was finger B.

  29. Anku says:

    I though it was letter B, but because this is an optical illusion, I though they were at the same height :c

  30. jamas says:

    I wasn’t sure if it was the middle, but A’ seemed to point at B’s knuckle so they could’t be both right. I chose A and scrolled down a loser. lovin this widget on my mac, thanks for all your hard work and creativity !

  31. Rama Mohan A says:

    I am sorry. I did feel that both fingers pointing to the center of the shape. The hand B is aligned a little down than the A. So we can understand both are not in same line.

  32. Orkhan says:

    that’s good…

  33. Mary says:

    Does anyone else see that the “vertically slanted” lines do not look parallel?

  34. Detective Kitty says:

    i guessed b…i thought a was lower….:P

  35. Kristen says:

    I thought it was obvious it was A.

  36. Vanderstone says:

    I hate it when the solution seems so simple haha

  37. tamia says:

    Its cool but all you have 2 do is look at a then move your finger across to get to b and you will notice that ur finger went down. So a is higher than b. Easy and obvious.

  38. KenFan9276 says:

    …That finger is going OBJECTION!

  39. sherry says:

    It was very obvious to me that it was B.Ofcouse I was looking down at it slightly

  40. Laura says:

    Yay! I got it right! I just thought that B was exactly in the center, A seemed off track.

  41. Benjamin says:

    Both points– A and B– are midpoints on the parallel lines.. therefore both are the middle.

  42. Anonymous says:

    it’s both,because the shape is parallel

  43. Anonymous says:

    I thought it was finger A

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