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Spinning Ferry Wheel IllusionHey everyone! While you are reading this, I’m probably on my student journey to Santorini and Kreta in Greece. This is some kind of excursion students in my country take at the end of their college. I’m still 2 years from finishing it, but can’t hurt to travel, right? This post was written before my trip and my brother activated it as I ordered him (he is the one responsible for Mighty Magic Tricks). Hope he doesn’t mess this, and correctly activates my optical illusion articles in the following days (VIX don’t ruin this site!)(Vix: buahaha!).

Concerning the illusion, the wheel on the left is classic optical illusion we’ve already seen in famous Spinning Girl Illusion. Basically, if you observe the wheel carefully, you can make it turn both ways. You’ll need some training, but after few minutes, you’ll be able to change the spinning direction very quickly!

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120 Responses
  1. Random says:

    This is a great illusion – don’t look at it too long or you get dizzy!

    I think I know how it’s done, but I won’t spoil the surprise so early in the posts.

  2. Anonymous says:

    if you look at the middle it just goes left right left right and it doesnt spin and if you look in the hut at the bottom it stops and bounces up and down

  3. Eva says:

    kool i made it turn both ways!!!
    im not very good but i can make it work…

  4. Stephen says:

    That is a great illusion. I can’t see how it works, but it is great.

  5. Chelsey-Ann says:

    WOW!Thats really clever! But I managed to turn the wheel both ways straight away.

  6. macromania says:

    hasn’t this illusion been posted before on this site?

    anyway, thanks for bringing it back up again.. it’s one of my favourites.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i see it i see it!! at first it was just clockwise, but now it can go either way!

  8. Chris says:

    thats well cool, i have ‘trained’ myself, and can make it switch any to go any way, of course we know its only two frames alternating with the same time difference but none the less, still good.

  9. Trigger says:

    I think I built one of those! Mine did not seem to turn both ways though!

  10. Death says:

    Thats awsome!

  11. amit says:

    really cool ilussion :)
    up & down you look that what change the dirction

  12. Lin (boggart girl) says:

    I find it easy to turn the wheel when you look at the purpe and blue area in the middle.

  13. angellegg says:

    Incredible ! It turn both ways !

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sweet!

  15. Tony says:

    Lol that is weird

  16. Cody says:

    its a timed procedure… every (about) 30 seconds it changes directon

    -Cody

    (im finally first)

  17. Pedro says:

    in this one we can actually change the direction if we concentrate. but on the girl one i think its just the animation changing direction. ima go check it fbf

  18. **cara** says:

    wow, i like this one, i can actually do it, i couldn’t get the spinning girl to spin both ways! this one’s easier! cool. p.s. First Comment?!

  19. Mike says:

    When i blink it spins the other way!

    Very cool illusion.

  20. Anonymous says:

    lame

  21. Nathan says:

    no1ns there 2 activate comments 2 bad. this illusion is evrywer and evry1ns seen it, is this the best u could come up with?

  22. Anonymous says:

    MUHAHAHA! I am able to make it go both ways. My mind is all powerful. but no really this is a cool illusion. :-)
    sabrina

  23. Sheepa says:

    Nice one, much easier to control than the spinning girl one though. Just took me a few secs to make this go in the desirable way.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It didn’t take me that long to get it to change, maybe 5 seconds after I read the article, maybe a little less or a little mor, point is, it was easy for me. I think that that is one of the best illusions on this site (that I’ve seen)

    keep up the good work!!!

    Oh, and Mighty Magic tricks is awesome too!!!!

  25. JAE says:

    Nice illusion! – but should it not be called a Ferris wheel, after the American guy who built the first large one?

  26. edouard says:

    it’s the illusion of an illusion…

  27. Anonymous says:

    tham

  28. Anonymous says:

    amazing illusion!!! I can change direction with my mind!

  29. Anonymous says:

    This one is ten times easier than the spinning woman one

  30. Anonymous says:

    all it takes for me to get it to change directions is to look at it through one eye, then change the eye i look through.

  31. jeffrey says:

    HEHE!! IT SPINS BOTH WAYS AT THE SAME TIME!@!

  32. Anonymous says:

    love this one! just flick your eyes to one side to make it go one way and vice versa…though if you stare at the centre of the wheel, you can see that it just kinda rocks back and forth =P

  33. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, I got it right away! Definitely one of my favorites!

  34. garrett says:

    it’s been done too many times to be cool any more!!!

    P.S. First comment?

  35. TiKo says:

    Vearrreee enterestink!

  36. Anonymous says:

    thats crazy.

  37. David Noel says:

    To see it spin oposite, look away then relook at it. The illusion is two frames…. just offset. So if you catch the first frame on the left, you will see it going clockwise, and vise versa.

  38. =P says:

    pretty cool, although i’ve seen this one before. it is actually just composed of just 2 frames.

  39. Anonymous says:

    this is actually very easy. what i did is close one eye at a time and it would spin to the opposite direction when i blinked

  40. Belinda says:

    Very pretty! Easy to change direction, though: I just looked to the left, and suddenly it was turning counter-clockwise. Whichever side I’m looking at is moving downward. Does it work that way for others?

  41. scottie says:

    It is also just 2 pictures going back and forth

  42. Anonymous says:

    neat! i had to stare at the center for awhile to see if it was really an illusion or just a loop that changed directions occasionally…

  43. Anonymous says:

    Call me simple minded….but that is just the coolest illusion! ;o)

  44. Anonymous says:

    ok well to change the direction (atleast this way i can), you look at the Top right of the ferris wheel and you’ll see it spinning clock wise, if you look to the top left, you will see it spinning Counter Clock wise…

  45. Anonymous says:

    what?! that was amazing!

  46. Charlieman5255 says:

    1st Comment!!!

    I think it works because it’s just two pictures going back and forth. you acn do this with the lights that go around movie pictures at the movie theater.

  47. Anonymous says:

    It’s a FERRIS wheel. (not ferry)

  48. Maisking says:

    Thats amazing. I can do magic with my own eyes!!!

  49. nellvan says:

    do you have to have a widget to actually SEE the illusion? escape from the crimson room was the first one i ever saw.

  50. Anonymous says:

    well good

  51. Erich says:

    Hi. When I look wheel in the up side, it changes direction continuously, every 2-3 seconds!
    I’m crazy?!!
    (I’m sorry for grammatical errors, but I don’t speak english!!!).

  52. Julie says:

    Nice! It didn’t take me too long at all to be able to change the direction of the wheel. I looked at the center first and then followed one of the arms out to the side quickly, and then I was able to make it go backwards. (I obviously saw forwards first!)

  53. kage says:

    Really bad, just look at the middle.. this is not a illuson :S

  54. Anonymous says:

    this one was easier to “manipulate” than the spinning girl illusion…

    good one though.

  55. Anonymous says:

    MUCH EASIER TO CHANGE THAN THE SPINNING LADY
    CAN DO THIS ONE AT WILL

  56. Anonymous says:

    I am a master!

  57. Drama Queen says:

    this is one of the coolest illusions ever i love it to pieces. will there be any more similar to it because they are great!!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Wow this one is real. Thanks for not posting another fake one of these.

  59. mango says:

    can make it go whichever, including switching constantly. Fun!

    Have a nice trip!

  60. Angel says:

    Very good. Very simple.

  61. Anonymous says:

    1st comment!
    Wicked illusion!

  62. Anonymous says:

    If you can’t make it spin both directions, try blinking … and “think” of it going the other way. Works like a charm.

    I found this easier than the spinning ballerina one myself

  63. Anonymous says:

    Hehe.. I might have seen this one a little to many times but if you look in the middle it looks like it’s stuck (Cuz the animation itself is just 2 frames/pictures looping)

  64. Phill says:

    OMG this is true. In the start it took some concetration to make it change direction, but after i minute i could do i in a snap.

    This illusion is cool

  65. Анастасия says:

    I didn’t get the one with the girl, but this is cool!

  66. Anonymous says:

    This is really cool. Looking at it, it spins either way.

  67. Anonymous says:

    i can make it go back and forth taht’s easy.

  68. Anonymous says:

    If you close your eyes, imagine it going the other way, it will.

    If you close your eyes, imagine it getting “stuck” and wobbling back and forth, it will.

    Pretty cool.

  69. Anonymous says:

    look at the middle, its just going back and forth quickly so it looks like its spinning

  70. Aroosa says:

    That’s rally cool. I got it before a few minutes. How about everyone else?

  71. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh Nyquist, good to know you still exist…

  72. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it actually called… a Ferris Wheel…?

  73. Krystina says:

    I did it! (1st)

  74. Anonymous says:

    thats sooooooo cool it really works

  75. jb says:

    its obvious, fergy is fat thats what its about = )

  76. Anonymous says:

    ha, it makes my eyes hurt!
    but for me it changes direction after i blink!?

  77. Robin says:

    I like this one! :-)

  78. Anonymous says:

    It a Ferris wheel, Not Ferry! Dont be dumb.

  79. Anonymous says:

    oohhh, ahhh….

  80. Anonymous says:

    I lokked in the center and saw that the center of the wheel was going back and forth, so it’s not going any direction.

  81. Anonymous says:

    Its not spinning, just fliping side to side.
    Cool illusuion though

  82. Anonymous says:

    A few minutes… how about a few seconds?

  83. Anonymous says:

    this illusion is awesome!i luv it!

  84. Yummeh says:

    Yay!!
    Ok thats all.

  85. i*is*awesome says:

    i think that this has sumthin to do with the angle were looking at this and that it keeps flashing from light to dark
    um…. am i the first one?

  86. Simon says:

    Nice Very cool.

  87. t3hbl00dy says:

    It is too easy to manipulate

  88. Anonymous says:

    aha, I figgered out to do it. anyways, :woohoo first comment!!
    -a person

  89. PavelK says:

    It’s simple :) I really like spinning girl most.

    P.S. VIX, glad you’ve managed :)

  90. Bas says:

    *hint*

    there are just 2 pictures, you can confirm this by looking at the bottem or at the centre.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Haha I love this.

    I can do the same thing with my fan at home, but it takes longer, so its not something you can change, its a trick of the eye.

  92. Anonymous says:

    I’ve also done this with a fan, specifically my ceiling fan spinning at a low speed. Usually happens late at night when I’m trying to fall asleep and find myself staring up at the ceiling. :)

  93. Anonymous says:

    dude that was crazy when i turned my head left and right it would move but thats just me

  94. edderiofer says:

    #16, it’s every second, not every 30 seconds…

  95. Steven P. says:

    Look at the middle. Notice its shakes, not spins. However, our eyes perceive that it is spinning, because it is shaking both ways. This was done by a 12 year old.

  96. Anonymous says:

    Lol cool :)

    It does make me dizzy tho -.-

    To me it goes the different direction every 2 seconds

    But I think that might just b me :S

  97. Anonymous says:

    You just need to look at the base and then back at the wheel ~ that’s how to make it change direction….

  98. Samantha says:

    —big spoiler—

    just look at the position of the wheel. imagine it on the outside and it turns clockwise imagine it facing you it turns counter clockwise

  99. kabobohan says:

    simple….
    try looking right side…it turns right doesn’t it?
    now try looking at the left side…and it turns to the left… pretty cool though..

  100. Tom says:

    Wow!! its amazing!! everytime i turn my eyes the otehr direction the wheel went that way!!
    very cool

  101. chris bott says:

    Seeing this illusion made me realize how they achieved the spinning woman. That one had me amazed and baffled.

  102. Anonymous says:

    Wow, now every time I blink it switches direction! :)

  103. clarrisa says:

    coooool!thats fun!!!!

  104. you can also make it stop spinning cool illusion

  105. liam says:

    its not even spinning it moving one way then the other really fast to give it the effect that its spinning.

  106. Eric says:

    wow i like this illusion!
    its really fun

  107. i.love.illusions says:

    at first i could not make it change directions… then i decided to try looking at the center of the wheel and that got it to change. after that i could make it change any time i wanted like flicking a switch. either by blinking or twitching my eyes left or right. can’t make it stop spinning, though…

  108. the b-sharps says:

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

  109. :) :( :D says:

    This is simple if u look at the middle of the image. All it is is 2 images switching back and forth.

  110. cheyenne says:

    its like going back and forth rapidly and thats how u think its going around and around but its just going back-forth-back-forth ect.

  111. Niko says:

    there’s just 2 images shifting rapidly, that’s all to it, just 2 static images switching, giving the impression of movement

  112. MSSTLove says:

    IM Special, i could make it switch right away :D

  113. Grace says:

    It’s FERRIS wheel.

  114. Abu says:

    Its just a animated image(gif) with a pre-determined time do change the direction.
    This image is trolling you guys.

  115. Kozupii says:

    Try looking at the Base of the Structure… if you seee that it only Frames a Left to right , Simultaneous Shake as in (Shaking a Doorknob) you could be able to catch yourself on the Spinning left if you focused more on the (Left twitch) and Via with the Right.

  116. says says:

    Stare at the outer part of the wheel than turn your eyes the way you want it to go.

  117. mirage says:

    fake, the animation is manipulated to make the mind think the wheel has started spinning in the other direction. If it all were just a matter of the mind then it wouldn’t flip after so many seconds every single time. Don’t believe me? Time it.

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