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By on August 15, 2012, with 24 Comments

One thing I love about this site is our really huge audience! But what I like even more, is when fans recognize good stuff and reuse some of the illusions in a spin-off of their own! One such example is Deskarati’s Bike Optical Illusion, which used Reverse Spokes for an idea! Just look how this bike’s wheels seem to be spinning forward, while in fact they’re standing still. Here’s what the original author had to say about his illusion:

Here’s an intriguing looking bike. The wheels seem to be going round but are they? Are the spokes really moving or is just an illusion – Deskarati

Spinning Wheels Optical Illusion


24 Responses
  1. momofask says:

    It looks more like the bike is going backward to me.

  2. wagsman says:

    This is a GIF image. i wouldn’t consider it an illusion but more of a cartoon.

  3. Don says:

    The wheels appear to be moving at super speed if you look at them, then look away (just above the bike). Very cool.

  4. amber says:

    That is no optical illusion they are spinning

  5. CorralesID says:

    this is a two effectt spining, i mean the gray scale or cone loses its effect while rotating, the spokes seems like the dancing doll it can move right or left, it depends on your brain look close

  6. TAM says:

    I see this as animation and not valid as an illusion, since the “wheel” segments are changing color in a repeating pattern that includes the whole thing going through a sort of hiccup/glitch in the animation sequence with every rotation. Perhaps the categorization is arguable since animation techniques are often based on creating the “illusion” of spacial depth, motion, etc., but in my mind questionable to the extent that it is a well known and often used animation process devoid of all wonder and therefore doesn’t belong here.

  7. BeatleBug says:

    wow! :D this is so cool!

  8. Greg says:

    The wheels are moving. Click on the red X at the top of the IE page and they stop spinning.

  9. Daniel says:

    First to comment!! Just an amazing illusion well done!

  10. klikmac says:

    1st!! cool spin-off(spin-off, gettit?)

  11. AnnOnymous says:

    Very eye catching.

  12. Angry person says:

    The wheels don’t really stand still. Paste the picture into Word and you’ll see that the image remains stationary. See this: deskarati-bike1.gif

  13. Rackergen says:

    Seizureman approves.

  14. erin8ball says:

    the tires dissapear and reapear.

  15. eksohorg says:

    the spokes might be idle, but the color is moving, by the strobe effect of the changing colors it could be construed that the wheel is turning, if the strobe effect was stopped and the color of the spoked wheel was fixed on a center pivot and spun it would be the same effect.

  16. Josh says:

    it does seem that the spokes are turning clockwise :)

  17. John says:

    Sorry, I love this site, but this isn’t an illusion at all. Sure, the wheels are not spinning, but as many have said, the picture isn’t static either. The colors of the spokes are “rotating”. And backwards at that.

    • Jim says:

      Well it’s pretty obvious that the colors are moving, this is what produces the ‘illusion’ of the spokes (the lines between the colors)moving clockwise.

  18. I Rule!! says:

    The bike is spinnin backwards. These people are bare dumb these days.
    The inside of it is actually moving!!

  19. Bell says:

    Here’s the big tip:
    Put your finger in one of the spokes, and see if the are really moving. Any slight differences?

  20. jake says:

    its a .gif file

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