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By on July 3, 2006, with 25 Comments

Are the robots really moving? This sympatic optical illusion is original work from Mr. Herman Verwaal. It’s called “The Dance”. I’m glad Herman let us post one of his illusions on our site, but if you wish to see more from where this came from, visit his website. If you are expert, you may notice influence from Akiyosi Kitaoka in Herman’s illsions, or how he often calls them – trick art. Enjoy!

  • Magesx



    • rob

      Im not seeing it

  • Mike

    An interesting way to make part of the picture stop moving is to put the mouse pointer in a area. The area around the pointer will stop moving.

  • Me

    Sympatic isn’t a word. Maybe you mean sympathetic?

  • Bravery Onions

    they aren’t really moving, its a JPEG

  • gjsmo

    If you read the text while watching the robots out of your peripheral vision, they will *really* move

  • B-Kat

    That was really cool!

  • Anonymous

    kool. Im in school at the moment ;)
    im at magazine club…


  • cutie cute cute

    Great.. I love these robots.. wish i had one to lllllooooooooolllllllll

  • Anonymous

    ok i dont see any roots dancing!!

  • M-A-G-G-I-E

    If the mouse rolls over any part of the picture, it stops moving. This is a common technique used in many of the illusions I have seen in the past.


    P.S. I’m 12, and I feel as if I am smarter than about 1/2 the people here. (Not on these comments, but on many others.)

  • Anonymous

    rock on robot … go robot go robot u u u u u

  • Anonymous

    Focus on the head and stare at the eyes and the circles will stop moving.

  • Anonymous

    hahaha hehehehe dancing robots hahahaha hehehe jejeje jajaja

  • PrincezzWannab

    Robot Rock by Daft Punk

  • **~**AAAQ ueen**~**

    DO THE ROBOT!!!!!

  • **~**AAAQueen**~**

    I feel the same way, Maggie.(I’m 10)

    (sorry for double posting)

  • Anonymous

    the dots are placed in such a way your eyes cant focus on them, that why when the pointer is on it it looks like it stops because you can focus on the broken patters.

  • http://www.youtube.com The Lion king kid

    waa ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    ok so aparently the guy died at age 69 as this is sad i have to ask
    how old are you moillusion guy???

  • Don Ameche

    Mr. Herman Verwaal died a few years ago. His sight is no more.

  • http://Aol.com Do

    The wiggle, wiggle , wiggle!

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  • Kanogias

    nice ILLISIONS man