Sarcone’s Broken Dish Illusion

Here’s another cool illusion, coming straight from Archimedes’ Laboratory. Same as many before, this illusion was created by master of illusions, mister G. Sarcone. The problem is, I only got it to work once. So how this works? Apparently, if you concentrate strong enough on one of the lobster’s eyes, after some time it will seem that the broken piece of the plate rejoins the rest. At least the outer black rim should appear as perfect (non-broken) circle. As Sarcone explains, this amusing effect occurs because our brain tends to iron out broken lines. Did you manage to get this work?

78 Replies to “Sarcone’s Broken Dish Illusion”

    1. ya i know!!! i had to do this thing with my eyes, that you know that u get when you concentrate on your finger in front of you, and kinda try to look THROUGH the finger, and then it kinda goes double and transparent?? try it ppl. cool but obvious.

  1. Wow! Not only did I see the dish come back together, I’m now seeing the afterimage of a blue lobster floating around in the air. Cool!

  2. i saw it instantly when i look at the eye… but maybe because i have small glasses that help when i’m staring forward… but the edges or not effected… so my brain might be use to fitting them together

  3. While looking at the eyes the entire black line became distorted which did make it look like it was unbroken. The same effect occurred with the white line.

  4. Just a lame picture to me.. Without the lobster thing the black line will become one as well I think, it’s just what you put on your plate :)

  5. Black line becoming solid was a secondary effect for me – first thing that happened was white line vanished completely, leaving lobster on a plain blue plate with a v at the top…

    Reminds me of when I was on the loo as a kid and used to stare at the tiles on the floor in the bathroom until the gaps disappeared

  6. i saw it…but the trick hurts the eyes. =>
    it also causes a negative image even when you look away – and the dish is also whole

  7. That is always amazing to me. How the brain can adjust and change something like that intrigues me. You would think if the brain could do something like that we would not have Alzheimer’s, but I guess only healthy brains can piece the plate back together. (?)

  8. Yes it works for me! Except there’s one piece i can’t get to fully conform to the rest, and thats the diagonal “/” piece, i can get the “\” to work, and the inner circle to work too! but not “/” :P
    Very nice illusion.

  9. This is pretty cool. Kinda see the unbroken line out of my peripheral vision but if I try to look at it or shift my vision its gone.

  10. Yes, dropping a lobster on a plate can break it except for Melmac or Correlle. I would try to make yours come together but I just can’t look into its eyes without feeling sorry for it.

  11. Worked for me me. Not just the black line, but all the circles. Maybe this is why I don’t see all the broken things that my wife puts on the honey-do list. I focus on something else and everything else seems fine. Just a thought.

  12. I got it to work, but I would quickly look up at the rim just from reflex and then I would have to do it again :)

  13. it worked for me :) i looked in the bottom eye and the black ring started shaking and corrected itself, and then the backround went blue

  14. omg it didnt work and now i see an afterimage of the stupid lobster! im only eight you know so i dont say bad words like ( i am just gonna copy and paste from stuff i found ) ass OK i say BUTT lol

  15. I actually watched the lighter blue rings dissolve into each other creating one solid blue plate with the black outline as it mended itself.

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