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Skull Chaser Optical Illusion

Check the animation below, or simply click this image

Here’s an interesting approach to original Lilac Chaser illusion, invented many years ago… Wait for the animation to load, and concentrate on the center dot for a minute or so. Normally the skulls are disappearing in a clock-wise direction, but if you manage to stay still and concentrated, you will experience an afterimage of the rotating skull in places (where there shouldn’t be any). Hope you understood all this babling.

Originally I got this optical illusion from here, and have to admit: I was forced to crop the above and below embedded letters. Sorry dear fellow webmaster, hope you don’t take it against me – it’s just that the letters were too big and spammy for the illusion to be useful anywhere elsewhere than on its original website.

Skull Chaser Optical Illusion


45 Responses
  1. Cheese says:

    Dude, that is AWESOME.

  2. anonymous says:


  3. iloveillusions says:

    yay 1st….that is cool

  4. mira says:

    Wow, it works!!!
    And you can do it with a ceiling fan too :P

  5. Chad says:

    I do not get it haha

  6. BOPPER99T says:

    this one didn’t work as well as the lilac one did

  7. wikiwak says:

    oh, dear…the glowing eyes trick…now I won’t be able to sleep ! ! !

  8. speak your mind says:

    scary illusion..1st one to comment.

  9. tenshi says:

    very cool! i really like this!

  10. LaureDef says:

    Hello. I can believe there’s no connection between the success of each illusion and the number of comments. I visit your site everyday, for a long time and I’ve never left a comment. So that’s done now. Great site, that’s true. Some illusions are so impressive that you haven’t anything to say: you are dumb ! I’m a French woman math teacher, and sometimes I show my pupils ( 15-18 years old ) some of your pictures. Never mind about your english… I don’t speak english very well and I understand everything you write. Best regards from Normandy. Laurence.

  11. Kalthia says:

    Whoa, they all disappeared except for the bright white skull going in a circle!

  12. tiffany says:


  13. Aliyns says:

    I see the illusion, but it’s not all that impressive.. The original was better.

  14. Mona Mortifica Tuell says:


  15. bas says:

    can’t see it

  16. Detective Kitty says:

    the skulls don’t completely dissappear to me…and the afterimage is only a few dots…

  17. Somebody says:

    The only thing I could see is that the skull in the middle started to seem like a kissing gorilla O.o

  18. ashely says:

    you guys should try the jesus one go on google images and type in jesus illusion its amazing

  19. plopper says:

    aww it’s a a smiley face.

  20. plopper says:

    if u stare for a min, look away and blink

  21. Facebook User says:

    nothing to see :(

  22. Kali says:

    when i stared at it i didnt see it but when i looked at it for 60 seconds then looked at a white wall and blinked really fast i saw a smiley face … try it

  23. Bridget says:

    i couldn’t see it but my sister could :’(

  24. lolipop101 says:

    OMG thats one of the best i have seen!!!! thats amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Shell says:

    Aww, the after image is a smiley face :)

  26. milie says:

    i blimked but i’ll try again : )

  27. smallfry says:

    i dont get it, what’s it supposed to do??

  28. daniel says:

    this is just animated picture made in photoshop this is not illusion

  29. woot says:

    when i stare at it for a min or 2…

    F*CK I’M BLIND!!

  30. Marie says:

    uhh, doesn’t work at all. get better illusions, seriously T_T

  31. Simon says:

    I can’t get it to work
    I can’t concentrate on the center skull long enough because of the moving in the background

  32. Anna says:

    Look at the imgae for one minute.
    Then turn away (look at a wall or something) and blink. You should see a white smiley face.

    Hope this helped you :-]

  33. alaina says:

    the afterimage is a smiley face:D how cute

  34. joane says:

    it is cool….if u focus ur eyes on the red spot without blinking ur eyes..u will see that there’s a light under the images of skull moving clockwise..and that what makes the illusion going ;)

  35. court says:

    i dont see anything?i dont get it no matter how long i stare at it and i tried the looking at the wall thing i just dont see it!it loooks the same):

  36. taylor says:

    court: you look at a wall or anything. you keep staring and then after a minute you will see a skull on the spot where a skull disappeared. it took me a while to see it too, but then i understood.

  37. taylor says:

    i mean you dont look at a wall. :P

  38. Abob says:

    For me, the disappearing skull kept glowing yelloww…

  39. dude says:

    well ur seein rong! :-}

  40. rocker says:

    sparkling skull..awsum

  41. vibudh says:

    stare at the centre dot fot 1 minute .then close your eyes.the smile with the eyes and nose you can see(when your eyes closed) is the afterimage of the addition of all the skulls.

  42. Victoria S. says:


  43. Someone says:

    i dont get it
    it’s just creepy

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