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By on May 14, 2006, with 77 Comments

Shaking Matchbox Holophonic Audio IllusionAnother user submitted illusion we got today. It’s a little different type than previous Audio Illusion, Shepard’s Paradox I posted. Be sure to check Mosquito Audio Illusion too! Def Oksbjerre sent us this MP3 file with explanation:

“This one is so amazing. You have to listen to it with headphones. A shaking matchbox is moved around your entire body. It’s so realistic!”

This effect works best if you put on your headphones on. Download and play the Shaking Matchbox mp3.


77 Responses
  1. Joey says:

    I was home alone and I listened to that post, but I had to stop because it freaked me out! It sounded like someone really was standing behind me shaking a box of matches. I happened on your site (it was on bloggers main page). I’ve bookmarked it and I will definitely come back OFTEN. Thanks!

  2. Xuzon says:

    Briliant :D Kinda scarry :)

  3. Double-Z says:

    I’ve heard this before, it’s very impressive. They built a microphone which simulates the human head (it looks like one too) and recorded it using this mic. Very clever.

  4. Judy says:

    Wow, that was amazing! It really makes you want to turn around and find the source of the noise.

  5. jennifer says:

    it was kinda cool but then it freaked me out cuz i was home alone and i was on the internet and i heard about this website from one of my friends at school so i came home i got on then i just started going to a bunch of different stuff most of it kinda freaks me out

  6. t says:

    that was crazy! I couldn’t stop turning around and trying to find the matchbox behind me!

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  8. biclops says:

    woah…. i felt i could just punch whoever it was shaking the matchbox when i closed my eyes, freeeeeaaaaaky

  9. bowlero says:

    year, i wanted 2 grab the bax and stop it shaking

  10. Merdis says:

    Oh, wow. This is the best one by far. Great site! Keep them coming!

  11. Suraj says:

    dude, please add more audio illusions man !!!

  12. KEVLAR says:

    The matchbox was awesome and the door at end freaked me out(i was home alone)GET MORE AUDIOS!!

  13. u ttama says:

    is the best in saudi arabia

  14. Pandas says:

    what the heck? that was so weird. i had to end it early cause there was no noise in my house and it was just creepy. felt like there was someone or something behind me…

  15. wesley says:

    this is like the newer version of the abraham lincoln show at disnyland. you put on the headphones and the guy cuts your hare and stuff.

  16. Ale says:

    Hi everyone. The argentinian Hugo Zucarelli is the holophony inventor. He worked in Pink Floyd´s “Final Cut” album and some Roger Waters solo album. Also worked with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

  17. willis says:

    it didn’t scare me but for some reason i felt a tingling feeling in my hand

  18. Sam says:

    It scared me so much, and My brain kept saying “Stranger doing something crazy! RUN!” and I felt like everyone could hear it…I had to take the headphones off to convince myself….and, when it felt it was moving up and down you spine, I got really scared, and my back had this tingling sensation, and my breath got really heavy

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Dude, i didn’t feel anything that totally sucked…

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Dude, that is friggin creepy!! that scared me So damn much when i 1st listend, i have the volume CRANKED and it was freaky!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I was so scared…when i got done listening to that i could still hear it in my head…..freaky

  24. Anonymous says:

    wow!!!! amazing!!!! how do people do this!?!?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hey this is also a great holophonic clip: http://www.holophonic.ch/intro.php

  26. human says:

    nice stuff
    should get more
    can you please get rid of the unreadable stuff when posting comment

  27. ryan_filkins says:

    dude, that is not cool to listen to when its 2 in the morn. and no one else is up… and i live in the country surrounded by woods..

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wow ace! it’s kinda freaky
    I kept turning around lol!

  29. big_red says:

    Excellent holophonic illusion. It’s like I was in the same room with a pyromaniac, and I was the victim! Awesome!

  30. emma says:

    ok…. big fan of this site, seen a lot of things I really liked. but this was the first time I actaully found an illusion worth commenting on…. this was one of the most creepy things I have ever experienced… I kept looking over my shoulder expecting to see the matchbox… great stuff… keep up the good work work with the site!


  31. Cameron says:

    oh man, i was gettin creeped out cuz it felt like someone was behind me

  32. Erika says:

    its not letting me hear anything. I’m clicking play and nothing happens and it also won’t let me download it either.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I tried it with and without headphone because first I couldn’t find my headphones (again), but even without you can clearly hear it going round!

  34. Anonymous says:

    all they do is pan th soun frm left to rite

  35. Anonymous says:

    i thought i could actually smell matches at one point! i don’t like it!… but actually i love it

  36. Anonymous says:

    what was it supposed to do? cause it hurt my ear.

  37. Anonymous says:

    when the match lights i first feal like i could smell it burning!

  38. Anony-Moose says:


  39. Anonymous says:

    That is soooooo freaky!!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    They actually just recorded it with two microphones…

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  42. kimmy says:

    wow amazing kinda freaky but makes you wanna turn around thinking someone is behind you shaking it lol x

  43. Jordan Bannon says:

    that freaked me out.that is so realistic.

  44. lol says:

    haha wen i was listening to this, i was the only one in my house that was still awake. then while i hear the footsteps, i actually FEEL the footsteps in the ground. turns out it was just my mom getting some water XD

  45. Hot Stuff says:

    That was so AWESOME! And realistic! I actually thought that someone was behind me shaking a box of matches because I was the only one home at the time. But WOW!

  46. janko says:

    omg i pissed off

  47. Jez says:

    omg! that was pretty cool. totally freaked me out though.

  48. me says:

    thats scary how realistic it is. it makes you think its like right in your face.

  49. Jamodawg says:

    It is so scary. Not AAAH! scary. More like. Whoa! I- Uh- What’s happening scary.
    To sum it up, if it’s dark, you are alone, and your back is facing the room, you nearly pee your pants.
    Also interesting at the same time…

  50. Someone says:

    why’s every1 saying it’s creepy? i just felt like a matchbox is shaking around my head, but no matter how hard i try to imagine it i still can’t get the matches to shake around my body. but i can’t agree more that the door in the end surprised me, i actually looked out to see if someone had banged a door

  51. paulo lee cervantes says:

    amazing very realistic,its kinda scary but its really amazing

  52. Chris says:

    i kinda felt “flames”.

    anyways, nice! very realistic.

  53. Veggies says:

    I tried it, it was awesome.SOO realistic, so you probably get big bucks for that.Congrats! Finnally people made somthing that other people enjoy!!!!!


  54. Devam Doshi says:

    Woah!! This shaked me out.. I have dolby 3d surround headphones and I thought the sound was going all over my head.. Thank you.. Best illusion on this sight! :-D

  55. Molly says:

    SO COOL!!!!

  56. Sam says:

    Omg i was getting chills!! Its so realistic!!!!!! Especialy if you close your eyes

  57. Melissa says:

    Whoa! I felt it go down to my feet lolol…

  58. Emily says:

    No way that is so realistic!
    Super freaky!

  59. Chris says:

    I’m at work, and this is keeping me awake, better than coffee.
    Brilliant stuff!

  60. Illusion Answer girl says:

    Try virtual barbershop it’s freaking scary!

  61. Abisso says:

    It’s disturbing… very well done at the same time, but not as good as the barber.

  62. Nicole says:

    Holy shit that is scary…Listening to it at night home alone with the curtains open definately freaks you out

  63. akki chettri says:

    it scares a hell out of me…hats off to this brilliant work

  64. notme89 says:

    This is fairly cool, especially when you have over-the-ear headphones on that block out most of the surrounding sounds/noise. Would’ve been cooler if they had gone in front of the mic(s) to add more depth.

  65. Etalihina says:

    Ohmigawd that was scary! I could feel the matchbox practically crawling down my back!

  66. Dave says:

    Known as “dummy head” stereo. Microphones are, literally placed in the ear canal of a detailed model of a head and the recording made. That’s why you only get the full effect from headphones. I have a demo. recording of someone walking around a room with lively acoustics, coming up close and whispering in one ear. Uncanny but the technique never seemed to catch on for music recordings.

  67. Ananymous says:

    When the match shaker was on my left side of my ear, i turned to my left and i thought i saw a box of match.

  68. Renee says:

    Simply amazing!

  69. Damian says:

    Great effects and great acoustics.
    You can actually visualize what you are hearing.

  70. Wendy says:

    Could only listen once it sooooo freaked me out! Great job!

  71. Hatson says:

    Whoever they were, they could atleast have said goodbye…

    Also, very well done.

  72. Grace says:

    Help I’m on fire!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Red says:

    I thought I was gonna get set on fire or something. It’s kinda creepy… I actually wanted to find the floating matches…

  74. Prince says:

    well I failed to listen to the whole audio file until I tried for the fourth time. It was creepy. I still don’t believe I heard what I just heard. The effect is even worse when you close your eyes.

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