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By on May 12, 2006, with 45 Comments

Does this object below seem to move? Does it make you nervous? I forgot the complete explanation of this illusion, but I remember it has something to do with few of your brain areas beeing too near to eachother. It makes them falsely interpret perceived information.. or something… Try to stare at this for a minute… it will drive you crazy, CRAZY I tell ya!!!

Shimmering Optical Illusion


45 Responses
  1. Seth says:

    I get a cool effect when i look at the picture and scroll up and down. Not sure if it’s a result of my browser or my brain :)

  2. Deepak Menon says:

    Well it shimmered and moved in a few seconds and it is a nice illusion – and like you – I also dont know why – But you have a wonderful site and thanks

  3. nehqqq says:

    vortex swalow me now.

  4. Crissy says:

    it’s pretty creepy when you minimize your browser so you can drag it all across your screen. i also noticed it did something weird when i scrolled up and down and decided to move it all around.

    its not the browser, its your mind!

    i cant even explain what happens… like two little bulges out of the middle

  5. Bonnie says:

    OOh, i didnt notice it moving when i stared at it, but stare at it and then look at a blank wall…i saw a really fast moving spiral thingee….can ya see it?

  6. nacitar says:

    in firefox, while scrolling with the keyboard (not mousewheel), two circular wavelike shapes formed to the left and right of center.

  7. Graeme says:

    Could maybe even be an afterimage

  8. niki says:

    I think it spins from the inside out.

  9. kristen says:

    when ya scroll up and down fast it looks like a little bug flapping its wings in the middle…but thats just me

  10. Sbredflag says:

    whoa! When i stared at this for like 20 seconds it started like flapping. 10 more seconds it practiclaly jumped from the screen!!!!!

  11. Joy says:

    I always wanted rainbow eyes!

  12. peter says:

    wow. this is amazing if you try it as an afterimage.

  13. andy says:

    Super! Very nice!

  14. SKYLINE- says:

    to those peeps, STARE AT THE CREEPY HOLE .
    Like its trying to get out of the screen…

  15. Pandas says:

    when i stared at the middle it seemed to grow…..

  16. me says:

    yah the afterimage is kool………….puts me in that happy place with the killer rabbits, but doesnt try to get out of the screen….*sighs* yum…….blood……

  17. WOW!!!!! says:

    I stared at it for a half minute and some of it went backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Rawr says:

    haha i went cross eyed hahahahaha fun
    i can actually still see it if i blink

  19. pokage says:

    It’s coming to get you!! Or Freddy Krueger might jump out of the hole.. odd.. but it’s evil!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is what I feel it might be,

    Stare at this image for 30 seconds, and then look at a white screen. I felt seeing a spinning image. (Might be because I have watched too many illusions just now, but I feel this might be the illusion here).

  21. Anonymous says:

    i think its slowly makeing me go insane……….

  22. rainbow vertigo says:

    istare for 30 seconds without blinking then look at white door i see spinning spiral

  23. Tory says:

    ahh, its sucking me in!
    and its interfering whth my typing brainwaves, I had to hunt and peck this one.

  24. Tory says:

    ahh, its pulling me in!
    and its interfering with my typing brainwaves, I had to hunt and peck this one.

  25. Fideon says:

    wow… look at the center for a few seconds, then close your eyes tight, and you will see some kind of circle spinning around…

  26. Lara says:

    *HEHE* Cool!~! it does have a funny affect when you scroll up and down!~!

  27. Anonymous says:

    i like to minimize it and move it around, it is one of my fave vortex illusions. They just rock!!!!

  28. Dave says:

    Stare at the center for about 30 seconds then look at some text and it will start to swirl. Pretty cool

  29. Michelle says:

    Wow, it almost seems as if its breathing. Kind of creepy, but I didn’t see the spinning part, just appearance of movement like growing and shrinking and growing and shrinking (like breathing!).

  30. some dude and his buddy says:

    we stare at it for 15 seconds, look at a white backround. i see something spinning and my bud sees something being sucked into the middle of it.

  31. Mr B says:

    Did you close your eyes after starring at it for a while?

    You see a circle rolling from right to left, at least I do. Try it and let me know what you see after you close your eyes after watching it for a while.

  32. girlie says:

    it looks so cool!!!

  33. Orangempress says:

    Stare at the middle for 10+ seconds, then close your eyes. This. Is. AWESOME.

  34. Jamie Yochim says:

    holy crap i stared at the middle and i was actually getting nervous

  35. BooOO says:

    WOOAAHH then i see the letter bend o.o wow thats kool

  36. Nikki says:

    The ” see next random illuson ” button is bent after looking at it

  37. Tim says:

    Is it just me, or do red circles appear in that pic when your stare at it for a bit…

  38. Scott McNay says:

    The “wings” that you see when scrolling appears to be a moire effect. It’s a side-effect of the time that it takes for the screen pixels to change color/brightness.

    You can tell that it’s a hardware issue, because you get a totally different effect when you move the screen around!

  39. Makeymakeyyy says:


  40. GeniousHacking says:

    Its not your browser, its your mind.

  41. Inkinhart says:

    I saw the time vortex, a la Doctor Who. No, I seriously did.

    (The drums, the DRUMS … 1234 1234 1234 1234 1234)

  42. JM says:

    Nothing is moving, I guess everything is well spaced in my brain :)

  43. JC says:

    it make me feel that it is a portal

  44. BunnyGirl says:

    OH MY GOD!!! When I look at the typed words on the screen, after staring at the picture, the words are so WAVY!!! I hope I didn’t interrupt something in the delicate system of quantum physics!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait, how do I know about that? I’m only 11 years old… but then again I’m as smart as hell!!!! Up top, anybody?

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