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Like always, once I get to see improved, better version of a previously featured submission – it goes live immediately! It doesn’t matter how many times similar effect has already been showcased. And what we have here today is “seemingly animated” pattern on steroids! If I can recall correctly, last one I have enjoyed so much (belonging to the same category) was the Running Snakes promo. Check out the psychedelic formation below! Can you really believe the image is static, and that the motion is just an illusion? Try opening it in full-size to experience the effect in its full glory. From now on, this one is my favorite!

Psychedelic Screen melt Illusion

Click on the above image to open it in full size, and see the effect in its full glory!


62 Responses
  1. yo wassup says:

    What the fuck?

    • David Blair says:

      This is the the best Optical Illusion, in this category, I have EVER seen! The harder I try to get it to stop moving, the faster it moves! Love It!!!

    • David Blair says:

      One more thing. PLEASE watch the language! My kids LOVE this website and it would be a shame if I have to block this site just because a few people either, have no clue what the word “RESPECT” means, or they are just too immature to be considerate enough to use appropriate language in the presence of children! Please, I am begging you to stop using foul language!

    • Brian says:

      Fully agree, why this site didn’t filter out your obvious lack of communication skills, I do not know.

      Brain death and still able to access the internet.

    • megan russell says:

      omg our eyes are making it move but people in my claas dont think it is moving there dumb :) lol

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    • Grace says:

      I’m 8

  2. me123987645 says:

    it looks awesome when you set it as your desktop (although some things on your desktop could be hard to see).

  3. ZL123 says:

    I’m a bit bored.

    I see the illusion, I’ve seen it before too.
    It’s a bit funny too.
    What if it was made different 1,000 times?

  4. wow says:

    Ooo, Fractally!

  5. obamas butt wipe says:

    haha this is awsome

  6. Peter Gorham says:

    That is wicked! Love it too.

  7. dedwing11 says:

    now this is also one of my favorites, it’d be nice if you can use this as a wall in a bar.

  8. jeo says:

    i dont really see it

  9. No static here! Blow it up full image to get max effect. Really great optical illusion………:)

  10. Peter Gorham says:

    I find these illusions work better on screen than on paper. I wonder if that might have something to do with colour rendering – from my printer, colours are darker and less vivid than on screen. I still get the effect on paper, but it is nothing as dramatic as on the screen.

  11. random says:

    I set this as my desktop… this is going to be fun…

  12. Kimon says:

    I Can’t get it to move :(

  13. bluepool says:

    That illusion reminds me of the pipes in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

  14. wow says:

    Wow, gotta say it’s my fav.

  15. valerie says:

    it’s gorgeous! as a desktop wallpaper too.

  16. Devam Doshi says:

    Great.. First comment??

  17. Alice says:

    That looks really cool!

  18. monkeyflesh says:

    This is by far the best illusion I’ve ever seen.

  19. Louie says:

    Unfortunately, this is what I see when I am coming down with a migraine. Nice illusion but I personally don’t like it.

  20. edupues says:

    Very cool… :)

  21. Dolphin says:

    It’s very,very cool! I love it!

  22. martin says:

    I can’t see anything special here… just a picture of stripey tubes…

  23. Natalie says:

    This is the Mandelbrot set, a type of fractal. It’s made with mathematics. You start with a complex number called the seed. To find the next term in the sequence, you square the preceding term and add the seed. And so on, ad infinitum. The result is a neat shape of swirls and spirals.

    • Ron Blair says:

      Natalie, any idea what the formula might be??? I’ve tried Z<-Z^2+C up to Z<-Z^8+C and it's just not even close. (BTW I'm NOT a mathematician)

    • Edderiofer says:

      I believe it’s a zoom-in with a modified colour scheme.

  24. Rob Nuuja says:

    This is fantastic, but who created it?

    • Natalie says:

      The Mandelbrot Set was created by Benoit Mandelbrot, a Yale University mathematician. A computer generates the image. The colors can vary. I guess you could say that the artist chooses the color palate and where to zoom in or out on the image.

  25. Mitch says:

    one of the best of this type.

  26. Aly Zhang says:

    It stops after you stare at it a while; I find that for me it only works after I’ve looked at something else and then glance back at it.

  27. David Blair says:

    I LOVE this type! This is the the best Optical Illusion, in this category, That I have EVER seen! The harder I try to get it to stop moving, the faster it moves! Love It!!!

  28. Ron Blair says:

    I’m going nutz trying to reproduce this in FractalForge. I think I’ve got the color sequence right, but, no motion. This is definitely the best one of these I’ve ever seen

  29. jenny LOL! says:

    WOW the best illusion ever!!! it not movin but our eyes make it move i test it

  30. Alma says:

    I totally see it lol

  31. Anne says:

    For those of you who want to see more of the Mendelbrot set or fractals check this video out on youtube, I find it rather informative.
    You will see how it literally goes into infinity!

  32. Emily says:

    awesome, to make it stop, you have to stare at one spot on the illusion

  33. Electronic Dispatch says:

    I see nothing moving. It’s just a static picture. Even set as my desktop, everything remains “motionless.” Now I’m interested to know why the illusion does not work for some people.

  34. nala says:

    tee totally awesome

  35. Malay Atheist says:

    If you move your eyes around the image, you see movement. If you stick your eyes still to one spot, there’s no movement. No mystery here.

  36. jayne says:

    shet!! bestest ever!

  37. TheModernMovement says:

    Your twistin’ my melon mayn

  38. Karen says:

    It’s nice. Still, I am not blown away by it. Our eyes are making it move, and even though it moves just a tiny bit, thats it. Nice, but I dont think its my favourite. Now, this is what I’m saying personally. I understand, yes, fun and funny in a way, but not surprising. It would, however, be a could desktop wallpaper.

  39. Audrey says:

    Remionds me of a Dr. Seuss book!

  40. Jamal says:

    Amazing awesome picture illusion, I love it

  41. stardragon says:

    I just set it as my desktop background! Awesome!

  42. stardragon says:

    Unfocus your eyes. It will stop moving.

  43. Anonymous says:


    omg sorry it just makes them hurt soooo much

  44. Robby says:

    Makes me think of the Sandworms from the Beetlejuice cartoons.

  45. Amazing! I think this is my favorite too. Those things are actually moving!

  46. Jess says:

    Hey! I am interested in who created this? I’d like to use it for my band’s digital release album art, who can I contact?

  47. becca3333 says:

    don’t get it?

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