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With all that offers like “Free Macbook” or free iPod, one thing is for sure, and not only for US visitors – you get daily free optical illusions on this site, wherever you live :) The newest one was on my hard disk for such a long time, that I forgot who created and submitted it. I apologize to that brave soul, who won’t get his name mentioned here. First time I saw it I thought it’s only interesting picture, but today I noticed that if you stare at the yellow circle in the center, outer rings will slowly start to rotate. After a while they seem to rotate so fast, you’ll think your mind will explode. This animation effect is achieved from those black & white stripes, you see in the background. They have strong effect in almost any illusion they appear in. If you notice anything else in the pic below, some other illusion, be sure to let us know! Thanks…

Spinning Circles

Spinning Circles Optical Illusion


53 Responses
  1. 30stmLovr says:

    the circles change direction for me… but i may just be going crazy :)

  2. DianaPotter says:

    I have a headache now…
    good picture…

  3. Rifton says:

    nice, really, this is awesome!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cool image, but the printer raster disturbs the illusion somewhat. Would work better if some denoising filter were applied to it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    nice one =)
    i could only get them to go round slowly though

    love your widget by the way =)

  6. funnygirl says:

    cool site! been enjoying the illusions for a while now but what can be more fun is reading everyone comments and the race to be 1st! by the way…..looks like i am!!!

  7. Sergio says:

    COOOOOOL I like so much this kind of illusions

    GENIAL Me gustan mucho este tipo de ilusiones.

  8. RJ says:

    I always loved this one. It is so amazing how the mind works.

  9. Haz anyone seen me? says:

    not bad, pretty intense for a Friday morning.
    First Post?

  10. T says:

    not desperately artistic, but a nice illusion anyhow.

  11. Erynn says:

    Nice illusion. I’ve seen a lot of these before. If I remember correctly, the reason for the “spinning effect” is caused by the minute adjustments our eyes make. These adjustments are always occuring, and are very small; that added to the high contrast of the black and white lines makes what is next to them appear to be spinning or shifting back and forth – depending on the shape and setup.

  12. Jesse says:

    that doesn’t work for me… hmmm… first comment!! yay!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Funny… i cant see anything move how long i ever look at it… been 30 minutes now..

  14. Anonymous says:

    You are right. The dark circles seem to rotate in the same direction. But, if you blink, they then seem to go in the opposite direction.

  15. superlyssa says:

    wow! that’s so cool! I love illusions like that.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just something I noticed: The rings will “spin” clockwise if you are right-eye dominant and spin counter-clockwise if you are left-eye dominant.

  17. Kami says:

    The magical wonders of the black line! Great illusion, i think my head DID explode!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I couldnt see the spins, but after staring at it long enough, I couldn’t read or see anything! My vision blurred, and, although it lasted only a few seconds, I DID think my brain would explode!

  19. Anonymous says:

    the blue rings spin when i look at it, its really crazy. it kinda hurts my eyes though, but still cool.

  20. margie d says:

    No you’re not crazy (or else we both are)–the circles change direction for me too–AND go quickly

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh. #1 had posted previously that they had the circles change in direction as they were rotating. Well, that’s the same thing for me.

  22. Gabsterrules! says:

    This spining circles is really cool! tnow that is a great illusion!

  23. PerfectPoodle says:

    MY HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  24. Anonymous says:

    More like there are spinning lights.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    woah, im getting dizzy, the dark blue and the green ring were spinning right while the blue was spinning left

  27. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t get the circles to spin, but I saw little clown faces in red near the yellow spot.

  28. Elisabetta says:

    I see the circles change direction every two seconds or so, even if I don’t blink! Cool illusion!

  29. kat says:

    my eyes just blur out until i can’t see the yellow circle then when i refucus the circles are stationary again.

  30. kat says:

    scroll up and down FAST

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  32. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

    i get a headache 2 – same as DianaPotter! but yeh its really kl! clever.

  33. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

    its seems to me that the green and dark blue circles go left, whereas the blue one goes right! maybe thats just me thou!! lol

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  35. Danger Machine says:

    If u scroll up nd down nd look at the pic, it sorta looks like da black nd white lines are turnig different ways nd r goin 2 hit eachoda! cool, but I dnt see da 1 it sez…

  36. Anonymous says:

    if you scroll up and down while looking at the yellow dot it seems like the blck and white lines are merging together

  37. Anonymous says:

    if you scroll up and down while looking at the yellow dot it seems like the blck and white lines are merging together

  38. blakdead6 says:

    this is idiotic

  39. Anonymous says:

    it doesnt work for me…maybe my brain isnt as dumb as yours..

  40. Anonymous says:

    If you look jusat above the green line at the stripes but look at the yellow circle in you perferial vision the waves on the yellow circle move

  41. Rand says:

    DUde this is freakin cool lolz,nice…

  42. marius954 says:

    Looks like a sniper scope in the middle-

  43. Michael Hayes says:

    the circles tend to look as though theyre moving towards me, and they just keep going like towards me..ya know?..
    thats what im seeing…
    cool pic though man

  44. IAmAnonymous says:

    If you stare at it for a while an then at a wall the wall seems to distort and wobble. COOL!

  45. Me says:

    Also if you stare at the yellow circle then stare at the paint on the wall it is jusy as interesting as staring at a circle

  46. drake says:

    Mine tastes a lil salty i might have added to much salt to the peanut butter

  47. Anonymous 2 says:

    Well, if you satre at the center circle for long enough, the top left corner and the bottom right corner starts to wiggle!

  48. iasdfb fe says:

    The yellow circle (if u stare at it long enuf) looks as if it shrinks :|

  49. Don says:

    There are words and figures that appear between the yellow and green. If I’m the only one that keeps seeing thing things they are going to put me in a white coat or give me a really nice award.

    I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award..

    I think I’ll go now ;[

  50. mahwish says:

    sooo wierd

  51. Kim says:

    idk if anyone else saw this but if you look st just the rings there is a light already going through it. so thats probably why you cant get the illusion if you print it…

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