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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

  • momofask

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

    • astrid

      bro what u smokin?????? u cray cray uh its goin sidewayzz obvs

  • wagsman

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

  • Don

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

  • amber

    That is no optical illusion they are spinning

  • CorralesID

    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

  • TAM

    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.

  • http://theoriginalbeatlebug.deviantart.com BeatleBug

    wow! :D this is so cool!

  • Greg

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

  • http://facebook.com Daniel

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

  • klikmac

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

  • AnnOnymous

    Very eye catching.

  • Angry person

    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

    • astrid

      um whyd u repost bro? like u r sooooo unorgnal gosshhhhhhhhh like for sereal k bye

  • billy

    wikerd

  • Rackergen

    Seizureman approves.

  • erin8ball

    the tires dissapear and reapear.

  • eksohorg

    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.

  • Josh

    it does seem that the spokes are turning clockwise :)

  • John

    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

      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.

  • I Rule!!

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

  • Bell

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

  • jake

    its a .gif file

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