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By on March 28, 2011, with 61 Comments

Cory and Laura discovered optical illusion we feature today, and both of them submitted it almost at the same time. So I think it would be fair to give them both credit for their discovery! The flickr artist behind our newest flick goes under the name Robert Bruce Murray III, and what he manage to achieve with his photo is somewhat known effect of flying letters. Just kind of look to the left or the right or above the photo. Have the letters started to float already? Is it only me, or do you see it as well?

  • Nikolai

    It doesn’t seem to float to me. It seems to be moving closer!

    • Detective Kitty

      moving closer is what he meant….:P

  • amelia

    i dont get it wats the illusion

  • random

    Thats so cool! Its like the words are coming to get me!

  • Sami

    I noticed the floating is more apparent if you look at the side of the image. For example when reading your explanation of the image, the text seems to come towards you.

    • Valerie

      Yeah! that’s exactly what I found.

    • Dolphin

      I agree.Did anyone else notice it seems to be 3D?Or is it just me?

  • Jessica

    This is pretty cool- it seems to be moving closer to me!

  • http://www.moillusions.com me123987645

    hahaha! i was reading the description and the words started getting bigger! see i thought this was some strange illusion with random words, i had no clue what that was supposed to mean!(actually i still don’t know)

  • Ryebread


  • Ryebread

    the image seems to tilt if you look at the word “sweet” from side to side.

  • Louie

    The sweet road is coming right at ya!

  • Layneeeeee

    when i was reading about the illusion the letters seemed to be floating in very random directions

  • joseph ts.

    nikolai is right.they seem to be moving closer rather than float.good one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matias-Hosiasson/743778493 Matias Hosiasson

    cool realy illusionary!!

  • Ussi Bear

    Great! =D

  • Jess

    that’s amazing!

  • Brad

    Oh my life the letters are coming towards me!

  • ZL123

    Nice. I also see the picture bulging out! When I was reading your text above the picture, something came out. It was my favourite-coloured words!

  • Kamil Nowak

    I was looking at his picture on the iGoogle widget for like 5 minutes to see if it was really getting bigger or not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Syafiq/1560734082 Muhammad Syafiq


  • Kimon

    They are expanding… it’s a bit threatening and intimidating. O_o

  • Janmanni

    Amazing! It is like they are getting closer or getting bigger. Continually, which is impossible. I had to cover part of the image to make sure it is not a video or a gif image.

  • Denis

    These letters do not fly unless you induce it by looking left behind etc. However, they are flying letters in the sense that they are superimposed on a much fainter background.

  • Cyphis

    It floats no matter where I look. It floats if it’s in my field of vision at all… It goes crazy and grows and shrinks and changes shape… almost subtly, but my brain’s definitely constantly trying to do some work on it lol

  • Day

    Hmm this isn’t really what I would call an optical illusion. It’s just a simple text shadow really, unless I’m missing something.

    • http://www.sortofnatural.com Robert Murray

      no text shadows were used in the making of this… thing (want the psd?)

  • William

    Interesting trivia question might be, “What is the background photograph”.

    Its a subway train in a station of the Washington DC Metro system!

  • Mark P

    Doesn’t look like they are floating, but it does look like they are getting bigger. Especially when I move my eyes around.

  • Adam

    here’s a tip I noticed. When looking at the letters it didn’t work for me. But after that, I read the text at the top and it was becomming 3D while looking out of the corner of my eye at it. So read the text above and you’ll see the picture coming out.

  • Wayne

    someone has been drinking very early today

  • yea

    yea u r right it comes closer whenyou look above it…

  • fossda

    whoa… that’s weird! it also looks like they are coming to me. cool optical illusion!

  • ihorizon

    My eyes!!! My eyes!!!

  • Jupiter

    I too see the “floating” better when not looking straight at the image but off to the side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DavidBlair1977 David Blair

    These Optical Illusions are so awesome! I have no freakin’ clue how they make these images seem to just float around all over the page!!! So Cool!

  • MR. Majorca

    oikkee komiaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! ja let,s go

  • Nora

    I only get the effect when I move my eyes and look near the letters, for example circling around them.

  • Anonymous

    I found it the best to look at the right

  • Care Bear

    Sweet Road? I’ll pass. Diabetic.

  • chris

    it looks like the letters are expanding

  • Ron Calhoun

    I see the movement.

  • Rick

    yeap they float … towards me ..

  • jeo

    i dont get it

  • Melinda

    Letters are coming towards me too. Very cool but hurts my eyes if I stare too long.

  • Fred

    It seems to grow, apparently due to the offset letter shadowing. As you glance to either side the shadows give the illusion that the letters are oriented differently. It’s subtle but quite effective.

  • The Thinker

    It seems to creep toward you when you’re not looking at it directly…Insidious…

  • Eric

    for me, it comes at me – nothing – comes at me – nothing; in waves

  • Dex

    This illusion makes me feel nauseous in some weird kinda way

  • http://www.sortofnatural.com Robert Murray

    Hey… Thanks for featuring my photo!

    Mind linking the photo back to the original page? http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirddesign/5561477785/

    glad most of you seemed to like it :)

  • Detective Kitty

    lol i noticed it when looking up to read the text….

  • AppaloosaGirl

    Ahhh make my brain hurt >.<

  • sai

    can’t see the illusion, i’m usin mobile phone.. :|

  • Jared

    yea I see it. Its not too hard XD

  • Kobe

    Holy sh!T. I didnt even know what to do. i was just reading the text and it just popped up in my face. then i was like. WTF? i must be spending to much time on the internet. then i got the the part where it sayz how to do it. then i laugh my ass off.

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  • Julia

    lol, that’s so cool

  • Mani

    AAAAH! I was trying to read what he wrote… AND THEN THE WORDS CAME CLOSER!!!

  • brandon

    If you put your hands making a “heart” around the borders of the lettering you can stop the illusion of it actually floating. Depth perception at its best

  • Guest

    It doesn’t work brandon

  • Guest

    I took a pic in 3D and in reality it is popping out!