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Do you find that black spots appearing? How many black dots can you count? This illusion is a classical one and originally discovered by Elke Lingelbach.

The Shimmering Dots Magical Illusion

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57 Responses
  1. Ooga Smooga Wooga says:

    i’ve seen this everywhere. classical things to mess with your mind. the best. i have this on my shirt.

  2. georgina says:

    there is exatly 60 black dots

  3. Kimberly Park says:

    No, it isn’t.
    There are exactly 70 black dots.

  4. Leftie2 says:

    There are exactly no black dots. Mighty Optical Illusions. How intriguing.

  5. Douglas says:

    Nope, There are exactly 70 white dots

  6. me1/2 says:

    there all square retards!

  7. Hai says:

    aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!make it stop!!!!!!!

  8. Spud says:

    it doesn’t work well when you’r blind in one eye. yeah, B-A-D case of pinkeye leads to infection, leads to blindness. oh well, cool illusion

    • ebbhyen says:

      I’m also blind in one eye. Question: The white squares where the lines intersect; if you try to focus on a few of them, do all the rest of them disappear? At first, I thought the illusion was that there really was no white squares.

  9. BurninRubber says:

    AAAAAH!!! MAKE IT STOP!! MAKE IT STOP!! NOOOOO!

  10. Lexi says:

    Isn’t it amazing how our brains work like that? It’s so cool!!!

  11. Nachos Yummy says:

    Hai why does it always have to stop for u?

  12. Nick says:

    yeah but it doesnt work if you look at it from an angle

  13. Louis says:

    I Like Poop

  14. Sppedstriker says:

    OMG they’re all around me!!!!!!!!!!
    Make it STOPPP!!!!!!!!

  15. Me says:

    Spud, i closed 1 eye and it still worked fine

  16. sum1 says:

    i like the others in this section more

  17. alana says:

    its all hite-70 and if you dont look at the dots 56 black dots, i counted. kool huh?

  18. Ashlee says:

    Make it stop!

    They got me surround!

    OK,OK I ADMIT I STOLE THE LAST COOKIE JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!

  19. Cindy says:

    STOP IT! THOSE DOTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY!!

  20. meeow? says:

    OOOOOOOOOkay I’m really glad to hear that You like PoOp Louis, i really didn’t need to know that,lol.
    kool illusion though

  21. yenterb says:

    Actually, there are 69 black dots, because if you focus on one white square, the rest of the squares become black dots, and if you don’t like that explanation, there are 70 white squares.
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    I support correct grammar.

  22. Thomas the Genius says:

    If you look at it at a angle, all the dots appear white.

  23. Anonymous says:

    THIS IS WICKED! i AM AN ARTIST AND HAVE JUST TRANSFORMED IT INTO A PAINTING, IT WORKS BRILLIANT.
    I AM GOING TO DO A MULTI COLOURED ONE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS, YEAK MY EYES!
    dAWN.XX

  24. Anonymous says:

    lol you guys crack me up

  25. Monkey Martha says:

    Actually there are no black dots if you focus on one white because they all turn to white squares so in your face yenterb!

  26. Anonymous says:

    A very common illusion, but it works!

    -zymer2003

  27. tamz12 says:

    tamz12

    the 1 with nick who said does it work from an angel well i have got the answer yes it does so please find more like that plz

  28. Anonymous says:

    kimberley park is right. there are 70 black dots! i just counted the white squares. see i’m smarter than a lot of you and i’m onley 11!

  29. Victoria says:

    There are exactly 0 black dot

  30. Anonymous says:

    You guys are ALL WRONG!!!!!!! there are 70 white squares and 0 black dots!

  31. juegos says:

    I feel like black dots are jumping around, drive me nuts :)

  32. cantel says:

    there is no black dots if u take the time to look at them one by one and cover the other ones up with ur hand u can u there is no black dots

  33. PaperMoon says:

    That’s much better than the orange dots one. I see dots everywhere when I look at this one. :)

  34. Heyhey didnt know wad to put as my name... says:

    Those who want it to stop, do either of these: look away OR close one eye ;)

  35. Alisha and Via says:

    Ooooh my eyes… my brain soooo cofused…!

  36. Mr B says:

    Who ever counted 70 only multiplied the sqaures, 7 X 10 = 70. You cant see very many spots on the outside line no matter how hard you try. I expect there would only be 50 – 60 at the most.

    Bill

  37. cuiling says:

    ..how do you guys count? to me the dots keep moving around..is it my fault? i dont think i move my eyes at all

  38. Ari says:

    I know that you like “poop” Louis, but thats nothing to do about the illusion.

  39. supahman300 says:

    just count as many white dots there are coos the black dots only apear there. 10×7:70 =)

  40. ben says:

    0, exactly 0 black dots and 70 white

  41. Thundersong says:

    are all these illusions confusing me, or does anyone else see flashing black dots?

  42. karryssa says:

    let me get this straight… there is no black dots. am i right?

  43. fanaticbychoice64 says:

    I DONT C BLACK DOTS I ONLY C RED DOTS…. fanaticbychoice64

  44. jenny LOL! says:

    thts kind of old and omg its driving me mad >.<

  45. cervix says:

    thats a damn GIF meaning its fake and animated

  46. melissa says:

    How can you count them if they keep moving

  47. annaj:) says:

    omegosh im gonna go blind wow thas soooooo wierd!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Tenrashack says:

    There’s zero black dots! But by reason of optical illusion, there could be 70 black dots. But there’s still none. Period. :D

  49. Chica says:

    There are no black dots. The effect of the optical illusion is explained by a neural process called lateral inhibition.

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