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By on June 10, 2009, with 47 Comments

Before I show you how our newest optical illusion works, I’d like to mention we got ourselves a brand new widget – our very own iPhone app, to be more precise. Took some time to get this developed and then approved by Apple, but the results are finally here. If you own an iPhone, and would like to show some kind of support to this website, I’d appreciate highly you getting this app to your iPhone. Unfortunately it will cost you $3, but paying for servers that host this site became pretty expensive. Just to be transparent, I payed $3,000 today for one year of hosting on a dedicated server. You can understand how your iPhone app purchases could somewhat help. If you have really hard time paying for this app, but would really like to have it, drop me a line and I’ll probably send you a copy for free. Now let’s check the latest illusion – try moving your eyes around this image. Do the spirals seem to move? Be aware that both of them are static JPEG images. The “animation effect” present is more than extraordinary, agree?

Running Spirals Illusion

Move your eyes around, even though they appear to move - these figures are static


47 Responses
  1. Annihilis says:

    I’ve always loved your site, and will make sure that if one day I get and iPhone, will buy the app! Anyways great illusion!

  2. AGuy says:

    It works really well if you scroll the page up and down.

    Very nice

    • anon says:

      ikr! it goes faster it kinda makes my head spin once in a while but its worth it cuz its awesome!!!

  3. Jessica says:

    didn’t even haVE TO MOVE MY EYES

  4. Facebook User says:

    cool. i think it helps to make them move if you either move your eyes from left to right above the pictures, or if you scroll up and don the page. nice illusion.

  5. laila says:

    ya!! kewl!

  6. Leonie says:

    I agree!!
    It is weird to see that the spirals seem to turn when you scroll up and down!

  7. Gigantic says:

    great illusion… :) i works better if you scroll the image up and down

  8. Leonie says:

    … and when you blink with your eyes for a while, you can keep them turning for a longer time!

  9. Psychadelic Steve says:

    Combined with an active background such as Drempels Desktop you can really “weird out” your workmates.

    What has he been smoking lately!!!

  10. Mr. Spock says:


  11. Erik says:

    It works better if you blink realy fast! Btw i love this site keep up the good work!

  12. Peter says:

    That’s amazing. I could get the rotation to stop – but only for a second. I had to put my cursor under one of the colours to prove to myself it really is a static image.

  13. BraDRoBBo says:

    Woooow! its very good!!! A good old school illusion but this one is REALLY GOOD!!

  14. Sue says:

    Try scrolling up & down and you can speed up the spiral effect. Very cool!

  15. Pascale says:

    One of the most effective “animation effect” posted on the site! Great!

  16. Katelyn says:

    It works even better when you move the screen up and down.

  17. HEY! says:

    first comment :) Cool illusion!! BTW, i found out another way to make them move that is easier. Keep your eyes on the images while you move the page (with the thingy on the right) up and down.

  18. Blake says:

    first comment yeah
    btw scroll up n down rly fast it will spin :P

  19. Joob says:

    Sadly this doesn’t work for me.

  20. asianpearlkeeper says:


  21. Danielle says:

    Wow. I mean, wow. Those move more than any other “still” images I’ve seen! At first I thought they were animated, but I saw they were JPGs! WOW! Oh, congratulations on making and iPhone app! If I had an iPhone, I’d get it. I come to your site every day.

  22. Danielle says:

    Also, this illusion works very well when you scroll up and down.

  23. bismuth says:

    When I was reading your post and had some glances at the pics and had no doubts they are .gif images :-O
    But when I cover 1 picture and look at the other one alone it’s perfectly static

  24. T says:

    awesome, these usually don’t move that well, but these are really good.

  25. Lol says:

    It really looks like those are moving if u scroll up/down and watch them.

  26. Terra says:

    Wow, I saw this on my igoogle, and when I looked at it I was surprised that it stopped, as I thought it was a gif XD

    This is the strongest ‘animation’ illusion I’ve seen!

  27. Facebook User says:

    very “girly” thing to say but it is a very pretty illusion and very good as well. Debby x

  28. Keetly says:

    Really fascinating optical illusion, one of the better ones in my opinion.

  29. ¬¬´ says:

    I love this site I see every day on my google but I dont speak english so I dont understand all that I want

  30. whiskeyjoe says:

    just scrol the site up and down! then the effect is even more intensive

  31. Byung says:

    Hi Vurdlak,

    I see this motion illusion having a scientific value because the illusory motion effect is circular. When researchers in the area explain why the illusion occur, they often use relative motion of image elements caused by “linear motion” of eye movement. However, the effect for this picture is not translation but rotational, which is not expected by relative motion caused saccadic or micro-saccadic eye movement.

    I would like to know who is entitled to get credit for this picture.


  32. FaLk says:

    At frst when I saw i thaught “WTF, why has vlurdak put up animated .GIFs” ;-).

  33. Timdpr says:

    Love it! One of the best illusions of it’s type I have ever seen, it’s almost impossible to stop the damn things!

    BTW, do you have a paypal ‘Donate’ button on this site, o mighty Vurdlak, I’m sure you’ll get a decent chunk of well deserved money.

  34. agave says:

    Try blinking your eyes rapidly

  35. Anonymous says:

    “If you have really hard time paying for this app, but would really like to have it, drop me a line and I’ll probably send you a copy for free.”
    Is thhat supposed to be sarcastic?
    I mean, everybody, should have three dollars spare!
    Now, if you use the silly argument that homeless/refugess/e.t.c don’t, well I’ll just say, “WELL THEY DON”T HAVE INTERNEt, YA NINCOMPOOP!

    BTW, you really Should [sic] have a donate button

  36. Marcy Dickey says:

    I am familiar with this type but I havent seen this one. By the way love this site.

  37. patati says:

    Do you have any idea why the circles are spinning with me just looking straight at them ? What does that mean? It is hard for me to make them stop? Just wondering if you knew

  38. PaperMoon says:

    Wow amazing! They look like they are spinning. :)

  39. JesusGirl says:

    This ones cool, :D It also works if you look at one circle and then you look at the other. The first one you looked at seems to be moving to. :-)

  40. ... says:

    WOW!!! That’s the best “spinning” illusion I’ve ever seen! Amazing!

  41. Annie says:

    stare at the center and they hold still

  42. kyadav says:

    pretty amazing

  43. kyadav says:

    that is really dazing

  44. STRETCH97 says:


  45. katrina says:

    scroll up+down fast to see them move fast. I thought that up I guess and it worked.

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