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Roger Smith watches your RSS feed daily. However, he hasn’t been doing it for too long, so wasn’t completely sure if we may had this one already. Fortunately we haven’t. If you look a the vintage photo below, at first it seems to be a simple couple with a large head floating between them. But things aren’t always what they seem. Most people will probably just see a large bearded head between the two figurines. It looks like some sort of Jesus head. But look again, carefully this time. What the photo actually shows, is a CHILD SITTING on the man’s knee. If you still don’t see it, block out the “hair” of the illusive head – it is just a collection of the background foliage anyway. The “eye” is actually child’s face (shadowed by a large white bonnet). The “nose” is the sleeve, and the “mustache” is the child’s arm. If you still don’t see it, be patient – It may take awhile to see it.

Strange False Head Optical Illusion


90 Responses
  1. KEVIN says:

    wierd AND COOL

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! I love vintage photos, and this one is beautiful, and I love the effect.

  3. jmfranco says:

    Well at first glance I just could see 2 adults and the child. After reading the explanation I could see the ‘Jesus’ head… Nice photo.

  4. Fran says:

    very nice, this one… after some minuts, I could see the child -:)

  5. oddriana says:

    This picture is beautiful.
    I love old pictures like this, they are just so amazing.
    The illusion was awesome as well!
    Good pick!

  6. Betty says:

    It took me some time but yes this is cool when you see the child. Wonderfull. I just love your pages!

  7. aholten says:

    Crazy. One of the best i have seen for a vintage photo.
    My son is still looking for the child.

  8. Terra says:

    Wow, That is one of the best illiusions you’ve posted! Amazing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Einfach genial!
    Best wishes from Germany :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    I keep seeing this freaky face… weird yet cool and scary at the same time

  11. Drak says:

    I love it!!! :)

  12. Elaine says:

    This one is way out of the park, way over the fence! Amazing

  13. Ashley says:

    Wow, this one is cool. It took me a bit, but I do see the child.

  14. Andreas says:

    it’s just excellent!
    i wouldn’t see the child if i didn’t read Vurdlak’s comment!

    well done Roger Smith!

    Give us many more of these photographs!

  15. scottt says:

    was this an accident or was it photo shopped?

  16. Anonymous says:

    jmfranco the illusion isnt about finding the mans face, its finding the childs body

  17. Anonymous says:

    That is actually one of the best I’ve seen.

    Nice one! :D

  18. Anonymous says:

    great picture, different…thanks for the great work!

  19. Clio Addams says:

    That was so cool. Took me a bit but now I can switch between head and child with ease.

  20. Anonymous says:

    there’s a weird creepy face between the child and the woman

  21. Ronds says:

    2 adults and 2 kids

  22. david says:

    Amazing, yet kind of spooky.. Did those people actualy pose to get this effect? I think it’s a to powerfull mirage to be a accidental face image. (especialy a jesus-like one) Anyhow..Vette shit!!

  23. Crystilis says:

    I actually saw the child before I saw the head. It actually took me a while to find it.

  24. Waz says:

    took me a while but finally spotted it. it’s the complete fusion of white that knocks me off.

  25. Nortelle says:

    Awesome…the best I’ve seen in awhile

  26. SMGreenfield says:

    It’s very cool, but it LOOKS like a fake. The tonalities of the white “face” seem brighter than other white tonalities — even those away from the border of the photo.

  27. Monkeylina says:

    i could see the 2 people and the kid right away, and i tried looking really hard for the head still nothing. tho i went away came back and there is was! the big head .. it’s awesome. :)

    Keep up the good work :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    It’s just a double negative.

  29. Anonymous says:

    i couldn’t even get this myself.. i couldn’t see the child, my bf had to mark it out for me. hahha.

  30. Cinkhope says:

    Wonderful !

  31. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I saw the child first and had to look for the head ;-)

  32. Anonymous says:

    No one yelled “First post!”? What happened?

  33. Greg says:

    fan-bloody-tastic! I love this sort of thing. Just naturally occurring illusions.

  34. Paradoxal says:

    got my eyes for long time…

  35. Ronds says:

    I saw 2 adults an 2 kis. One kid sitting on his father and a kid beside him. Of course I saw a face too.

  36. Ambrily says:

    It’s really difficult to see the child initially.. Wow, fantastic!!

  37. Mr Munnings says:

    Cool…and a bit freaky!

  38. Dragana says:

    Weird… Took me a few minutes to see the child :). I imagine the people that took the photo were pretty surprised with the result :D

  39. Sac says:

    I can’t see the boy!!!!!!


  40. Clément says:

    Nice ! Am I the only one to see another child face (blurred I admit) into Jesus’s hair ? Just next to the other child…

  41. AbuSimbel says:

    bellissima foto

  42. Anonymous says:


  43. oceanne says:

    amazing, beautiful, and yet it makes you really think….was that head really an illusion or is there as message somewhere in it?? i don’t know kinda weird thinking on my part..just seems to perfect for it not to have a meaning..more like the same would be cooool

  44. csieuchand says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! I don’t believe this image was photoshopped as I’m not seeing the characteristic pixelation associated with that practice. In response to the tonalities being different between the child’s clothes and the border, that may be due to the fact that the child’s clothes are “true” white in natural colour while the border is actually a different natural colour and only appears white because of aging discolouration.

  45. Perceptionist says:

    “I see dead people” …

  46. Elaine says:

    After looking at again and again, I saw another adult face just below the woman and another figure to her left next to her arm perhaps sitting down.

  47. Elaine says:

    …and yet another child being held by the woman in front of her.

  48. Anonymous says:

    there is actually 2 children look closer!

  49. Anonymous says:


  50. Heather and Rob says:

    Yeah. I saw the child in the middle before I saw the child in white on the mans lap. The childrens heads are side by side. Really freaky looking.

  51. Anonymous says:

    there are 3 kids, the one on his knee, the one in the man’s hair and there’s a third baby face right next to the man’s shoulder/neck….very cool

  52. Punni says:

    Cool Illusion. I simply loved it :)

  53. Anonymous says:

    lol, i am suprised there aren’t christian fanatics flocking to touch the picture because it HAS to be ‘the holy one himself’

  54. Terrence says:

    Very Bizarre. I like it. Blew me away. Dig.

  55. Morgan the (Almost) Muse says:

    That is awesome! I had to wait forever for the picture to load, but once it did I saw the child immediately. But I did kind of cheat, and read the text while waiting. :D

  56. Anonymous says:

    Behind the man, looking over his shoulder, is BASIL BRUSH … HA, HA, HAAAH!

  57. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that’s amazing, it took me a couple of seconds to see it, but it really is a child!! Very cool :)

  58. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t see the head at first. I just saw the kid.

  59. Anonymous says:

    wow thats really cool

  60. jolaola says:

    It’a miracle!lol
    I cant see anything else than Jesus face…
    Where are children wich u talk about???

  61. Superganj says:

    Wow I never would’ve been able to see that kid had you npt explained the illusion. Good one.

  62. loko says:

    it’s a child with a hoodie looking at the same thing his father is looking at.and for most it’s the face of jesus or something like that

  63. Gina says:

    wow that took me forever to figure out. i wouldnt hav gotten it if loko hadnt said the boy was looking the at the same thing as his father

  64. Cpt. Awesome says:

    OMG! its been over 10 minutes and i finally see the damn thing, thanks to loko, i didnt know what a bonnet was.

  65. phoebe117 says:

    i cant even see the child all i can see is he jesus head

  66. Loui Bayaua says:

    wow !! cool!! that kill me a couple of second .. . . . .
    i didn’t se it first it really take a seconds minutes or hours or even a day or a WEEK . . .for those stupid waahahha

  67. Jez says:

    there’s only 1 kid. geez people….trying to see more than is actually there.

  68. dani says:

    after about 10 minutes of staring at this thing i finally see the child!

  69. Michael P says:

    This can’t just be a coincidence, it’s proof of a miricle..

  70. AAARGH, I just can’t see the child! D:

  71. bowser says:

    i saw alot of faces but i saw the child last

  72. SP says:

    This is one of the VERY FEW optical illusions that has ever taken me any amount of time to figure it out. i Had to read the whole discription. This is top notch Opticalism. I looked at how the nose was so defined and the motuh, the hair, how could this ever be grass and bushes? But then when it told me about the bonnet ilooked down and saw the outline of the hat and it all just appeared out of nowhere, it was amazing!

  73. Amr says:

    LOL i didnt see it at first but i scrolled up to see something then went down , got shock by watching a big face on next to the guy, scared me lol.

  74. Amr says:

    but weired i saw the kid first not the face lol

  75. SJA says:

    It’s been more than ten minutes and I don’t see anything at all! All I see is a person’s face in the middle of the couple! I can’t see the cild’s face.

  76. Cari says:

    I GOT IT!!!where are the other children???

  77. P. Callaway says:

    Dosen’t anyone see the angle above the man’s head?…look at the ouline just top left of his head…see halo,wings,dress and head.

  78. inmyshoes says:

    It does look like there are transparent figures behind them.I think I’ve been looking to long.Time to move on.

  79. Sbtier says:

    It took me the longest time to see the head. All I saw at first was a couple and a little child.

  80. Kadric says:

    What about the face between the child’s shoulder and woman’s waist?

  81. Atomicquaser says:

    I saw the head in less than 5 seconds. This is not really hard to see.

  82. Taz says:

    I seen the couple and the head in between so I agree with Atomic, I don’t even see a child, that’s more harder to see than the head :S

  83. Dedge says:

    Very rare indeed!Nice photo too!

  84. rajni says:

    this is cool u c the illusion before the actual picture!! nice one!!!

  85. Anonymous says:

    I can’t see the child! Help!

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