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By on June 6, 2006, with 99 Comments

Here’s one of classic examples how our brain can easily be deceived. When you first look at the image below, red stripes seem to move in one direction only. Try focusing on the central dot… See how the stripes started moving in the opposite direction? You can repeat this process as many times you want, it works all the time! Enjoy!

Stare At The Dot. Which Way Do The Red Stripes Spin?


99 Responses
  1. Neath says:

    Oddly enough I found that it seemed to switch back and forth. It would clockwise for a while, then switch and go counter clockwise for a bit, then back the other way…..

  2. anon says:

    After a while, I found that I could “will” it to go one way or the other.

  3. mina says:

    same here, anon, i could practically tell it to go one way or another, not literally of course but i could say in my mind that ‘its going left’ or ‘its going right’ and it would look like it was going that way. youre right too neath, cause if you just look at the stripes they change direction.(also,if you move your pointer slowly over the stripes back and forth they seem to change direction

  4. dandra says:

    i also noticed for me anyway if i tilted my head left or right it would go in that direction.

  5. Nette says:

    well when I actually payed attention to it it did seem to go back and forth as if in a rocking motion, but in such a motion that it would spin half way left then half way right. Not making a complete circle on either side.

  6. Hai says:

    whoa! super awesome!

  7. hh says:

    I could make it change. It was really funny

  8. blake says:

    thats cool man

  9. Ace Decade says:

    I can control the red stripes! I say “Left” and they spin left!!!
    I am the master of red stripe!

  10. DBL VSN says:

    I have double vision and can see them moving in different ways at the same time. It is absolutely amaziing.

  11. ME! says:

    omg same here Ace Decade!

  12. M 2 the H O says:

    anon ur right, its like a clock.
    if you want to hear tick instead of tock you hear tick! vise versa! THIS IS SO COOL, but im off 4 a pint

  13. Jessica says:

    They are just simply blinking lights going from red to white and back again making it seem like they are moving .

  14. kristen says:

    sometimes as theyre spinning the stripes seem to widen

  15. Qntoine says:

    yea… when u look at the stripes, they go one way, and once u stare at the dot for a sec or two, the stripes turn around the other way

  16. BurninRubber says:

    They spin counter clockwise

  17. Nachos Yummy says:

    Its like if you try you can control it! THIS IS MY FAVORITE! (besides the evil ninja kung-fu karate bunny! lol)

  18. Shrimpy says:

    It does not matter which way they appear to be spinning. They will do so whatever way you follow them. If one of the spots was different than the rest then it would matter which way they appeared to spin.

  19. Chris says:

    This is sweet… I can “will” them and all but when I use the arrow keys, it responds to those, too!

  20. kt says:

    lol i forgot it was animated at first and al i thought was wow this is the best illusion ive ever seen, it really doe slook like is movin

  21. bill says:

    it isnt going either way, it flashing. think about it

  22. Pandas says:

    good point bill. anyways, i can make them go either way without even looking at the dot. ooohhh, beat that people!!! haha

  23. kimmery says:

    HA HA HA HA i made it go backwards and forwards by changing my eye movements!!!! so cool

  24. AHHHH!! says:

    its not spinning!!! the red stripes are simply alternating places which gives the illusion of spinning. if you cover all but a small portion of the wheel (say about 3times the width of a red stripe) you can clearly see the alternating

  25. Anonymous says:

    people! it is an animation. so, that means it does go one way. Try counting the seconds in between switches… it should be regularly spaced. That’s because they are only spinning one way at a time. It’s a gag

    • Skimberly says:

      You are very wrong. It is not spinning at all, just alternating between red and white, Our mind interprets it as spinning one way or the other.

  26. Anonymous says:

    i found if you slightly moved your head right the wheel would turn clockwise and if you turned your head slightly to the left the opposite would happen

  27. Anonymous says:

    Cool, I can make them change too. Now I can even do it without looking at the center dot.

  28. Mozilla says:

    It switches directions. It’s just an animation lol

  29. L337 H4xx0rz says:

    also if you move your eyes back and forth over the top of the circle, it will move in that direction. I figured out how it works too! It really just blinks back and forth, giving the illusion that it’s moving.

  30. human says:

    This is Cheap!!!
    i think it is not our mind. the wheel is changing direction every so often.

  31. blacksquirrel09 says:

    I noticed that it’s not so much willing. Be careful of your eyes. If your eyes stray even a little bit, it seems that it will move back to clockwise. I think you need to keep your eyes DEAD center on the dot, or else it won’t switch, or you’ll switch back and forth.

  32. Meg says:

    i could see them spinning in either direction or just flashing, each rectangle alternating between red and white without looking in the middle

    … by the way i know they are not actually rectangles.

  33. Anonymous says:

    if you make yourself go crosseyed then you can watch 2 circles spin in opposite directions….
    Tres cool

  34. blah... says:

    If you say left it goes left because you THINK it goes left.
    when you make your head go to the right it GOES right because you think it does.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I can make them change direction at will

  36. Anonymous says:

    This is cool because it isn’t switching back and forth by it self really it is your brain because I saw clockwise and forced my brain and saw counter- clockwise.

  37. AWS_SK83R says:

    tilting your head back and forth makes it switch direstions on command!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    If you look a little above the pic, like at the words, move your eyes from side 2 side… Cool, huh?

  39. Anonymous says:

    I found moving anything would spin the image, moving your hand across the screen would spin it to the right / left, focusing from red to white could change direction, and inside my head I could change the way it spun, by simple commands. Also blinking changes it.

  40. elkeleeesgay says:

    that’s a gif animation.. is so fake

  41. makoto says:

    it might just be me but when the thing is spinning counter-clockwise it looks like the background color of the stripes turns slightly teal which i thought is really cool :D

  42. Anonymous says:


  43. Kevin says:

    dunno but if you move your eyes randomly, looks like it stop moving, nice!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    for me when it flashed the red and white stripes would just take each others place. it didnt really move

  45. Anonymous says:

    its obvious. THere is lots of red spokes and a white ring behind. These go opposite directions! You can tell because when you look at it carefully you can see it going in both directions. THe only this works is because you aren’t lookin for that you are looking for the change as you stare at the dot.

  46. Anonymous says:

    okay, this is just me, but i think because there are 2 colours u think its moving in 2 directions, but in reality its only moving in one, i held something over a red shape going clockwise, and as others have put i ‘willed the shape’ to go anticlockwise, what i focused on when i willed it was the white shapes, and when i saw it go clockwise i focused on the red shapes, but thats just me.

  47. ganksta says:

    I know how they do this!!! The wheel isn’t really spinning, the red and white are just changing colours constantly so it could be moving in any direction as you want…i may be wrong but it makes sense!

  48. Anonymous says:

    it’s going back and forth every 1 or 2 clicks but i can’t really will it any direction for more then like 6 clicks.

  49. Manuel Rodriguez says:

    I already have found the trick. It depends on the eye with which you look at it, with an eye one sees in a sense and with the tro one sees in the opposite sense. How does it work? Not, I said that alone wise the Turk!! XDDD

  50. Anonymous says:

    kopklmmmmkop crazy now…….haha

  51. KEEP THE PEACE says:


  52. cmilton111 says:

    How can I get a clock like this or just a wall piece. Does this come in a wallpaper? I love this one…

  53. HHHhhh says:

    it changes depending on which side of the picture you look at

  54. Alex says:

    I do this kind of stuff with ceiling fans all the time. I was doing it before I found this site.

  55. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    I dunno. Which ever way you want!

    P.S. 5th?

  56. Ices625 says:

    Um. This is kind of a fake. If you stare at JUST one single red stripe for 6 seconds… you’ll notice that they all change direction after about 2 sections. So this isn’t an illusion in my book. Just a circle of rotating stripes that change direction and try to fool people into thinking they’re only going one way but “appear” to go different ways or something.

  57. lovelygirl!!! says:

    even if you don’t stare at the dot the red stripes are still moving!!!

  58. Woodcrow says:

    Originaly Posted by Ices625 says:
    July 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Um. This is kind of a fake. If you stare at JUST one single red stripe for 6 seconds… you’ll notice that they all change direction after about 2 sections. So this isn’t an illusion in my book. Just a circle of rotating stripes that change direction and try to fool people into thinking they’re only going one way but “appear” to go different ways or something.

    uhm no, that’s where the effect works idiot

    • Elliot says:

      Uh no sir you are an idiot, if you keep swaying side to side you’ll notice it is an illusion not effect..idiot

  59. nonebutme says:

    when i stare at the dot, i can see the white turning blue..

  60. Alexandra says:

    same nonebutme
    I can make it go back and foth this way that way without ;looking at the dot

  61. Hopelessz says:

    Their actually not spinning its just 2 frames repeated still a nice illusion

  62. Mashy says:

    the red and white parts are switching every frame

  63. Hugglepuff says:

    they don’t spin at all, they just blink from one to the other so they will spin whatever way you want them to

  64. clemente says:

    it changes if you want… =)… doesn´t matter from where are you seeing… just think that it is changing

  65. Alicia says:

    @Hugglepuff is correct, they are not actually spinning, the colors are simply flashing from white to red and red to white. Our minds assume that something at that speed is spinning.

  66. Elliot says:

    yeah its fake

  67. Tobs W says:

    Hmm… gaddamnit… I said i’d leave this site 20 minutes ago…

  68. pad says:

    Ripoff not a illsion just a thig that changes ways. one 2 secs clockwise the next anticlockwise it is wierd

  69. correcter says:

    lol nice try but total rip off lol it changes its own direction look at it first time for few seconds see waht way it moves look away for a few then look back its moving diffrent way lol nice one liar XD

  70. Brian Peralta says:

    1 word *FAKE*

  71. Zerot Zallander says:

    For those that thinks that the circles changes direction after some time they’re wrong. It’s your brain that fucks up. If you follow the red spots it continues to go to the right all the time how long you ever want it to. the same is with the white one. The only reason that we should look at the black dot in the middle is so that the white collour “changes” into a blue likely collour, in that way your brain/eyes start following the white/blue pieces instead of the red ones. but as soon you start looking at the red ones the circle starts “moving” the other again.
    I agree with Hugglepuff.
    I disagree with Woodcrow, Ices625.
    @HHHhhh : Nope.It doesn’t.

  72. randompasserby324 says:

    seeing as there are only two colours, how can it be spinning anyway? it’s just flashing red, white, red, white etc.
    nice illusion :)
    i used to love watching christmas lights, because it looks like they move along the string of lights. even though it’s only flashing on and off, it’s still cool. :)

  73. Melisa says:

    One more thing about this illision: If you stare at it, the wheel color will change from red and white to light blue and red. Try it

  74. Truong says:

    when I look at the black dot, the circle seem to go both way!!!

  75. Daan says:

    This scares me.
    I have been following one strip.
    And for some reason it changes when you look to the other side.

  76. pucca girl says:

    to me it stays still and and moves then stays still

  77. daniel says:

    They don’t spin, it’s just two pictures that are overlapped and slightly tilted.

  78. ferret says:

    I can see it going in both directions very cleary
    P.S im a very smart ferret ;)

  79. H J says:

    This is absolutely Fake.
    The image is in a gif (moving) format.
    Save the image as a bmp image and you iwll find that it does not move at all…
    Next time be careful…
    But its a great attempt to make it look like an Illusion….

  80. GROOV3ST3R says:

    With my left eye they are going counter-clockwise and with my right they switch to going clockwise…. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY SIGHT?!

    I love that illusion :)

  81. anko8aug says:

    when your driving watch the hubcaps on the wheel at the highway same thing

  82. andy k says:


  83. roger says:

    its actually just red and white panels which switch back and forth like 12121212 then 21212121

  84. priya says:

    deserves to be called an optical illusion

  85. Lacey says:

    Also, for me, the white turns to like an aqua blue color.
    It changes directions depending which side of the picture you look at. xD

  86. says says:

    Am I the only person who sees it going in both directions?

  87. literal says:

    There is no spinning.

    They flash between red and white without an illusion of movement.


  88. Hellix says:

    If you watch the dot from the left side of the monitor it spins clockwise and if you look from the right side of your monitor the it spins anti clockwise

  89. Beverly says:

    It’s still movin when looking at the opposite direction! Isn’t that right

  90. Josh says:

    all the red do is flash

  91. Brandon says:


  92. Anonymous says:

    You can change the direction in 1 second without moving

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