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By on March 31, 2007, with 33 Comments

This one is pretty simple. Reder who goes by the name NYIslanders2121 sent me this optical illusion with following explanation: “Hi! I have been a HUGE fan of your site for a long time. I was browsing iTunes recently and I discovered that the image they give for the band, “They Might Be Giants” is in fact, an optical illusion.” I have received many more optical illusion submissions, but I just get them at the rate where I can’t follow posting them anymore, for example, I post one and get 3 new… don’t worry, they are still in queue and waiting to be posted next ;) What you see below is simple transparent screen optical illusion. Many more similar can be found inside “Transparent Illusions” category.

  • Anonymous

    sweet, really like this, loving your work also via my dashboard widget. keep up the good work!

  • Person

    woah good eye

  • Anonymous

    I do not get it

  • iceguy


    and HA! first comment

  • Anonymous

    Um…is a transparent screen really an optical illusion?

    I usually like this site, but this one …. not so much.

  • Semicolon

    Yeah!!! They Might Be Giants, best band in the world.
    I always go to their page on iTunes and see that picture and thought it was so cool, I can’t believe it never occurred to me it would be great for this site.

  • Anonymous

    that doesn’t look real
    i mean the eye’s above where it should be
    idk if i like this one so much
    there are a ton of illuions like this

    i normally like this site too, but this……

  • James

    Poor excuse for an optical illusion if you ask me…

  • Anonymous

    worst one yet

  • amikemike

    Is it an Illusion, Yes.
    Optical Illusion not unless you have a lazy brain. Optical Illusions make you think, this is a No Brainer

  • NYIslanders2121

    wow! thanks for publishing that so quickly! : )

  • Anonymous

    oh i think i get it
    at first glance its suppose to looks like hes using the camera feture on the cell phone but the picture is actually the eyeball on the right side, if you notice the part of the nose on the cell.

  • mandi

    this one is cool
    plus i love They Might Be Giants

  • Jason

    It seems pretty easy to see that the camera on the outside of the phones top flip cover ison, and the “viewfinder” is the phone’s screen. Therefore, it appears that it is transparent. This is one of the more imple ones to figure out, I think….

  • Anonymous

    2 ppl who were not the first posters said they were, how embarassing…especially for a guy who posted the 4th comment over 10 minutes after the first one.

  • Evgon

    boring. lame. aww!

  • Anonymous

    particle man, particle man…

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is wrong with you people? Can’t you see when you are NOT the first to comment?

  • Anonymous

    There is clearly just a hole in the mans phone

  • Anonymous

    i dun get it…???
    how is it an optical illusion???

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a transparent phone, it a picture of an eye on the phone screen to make it look transparent. Good one too.

  • Noisulli

    great, three first comments -.-
    if i had known people who visit this site are so childish i’d never had taken a look, goosd thing the illusions are of a better quality than the intelligence of those guys.
    Though I have to agree n the fact that this optical illusion certainly isnt one of the best i’ve seen here.

  • Anonymous

    well its a bit wierd and not very much of a illusion its jsut a camera well i can also do hat with my phone dnt like it hat much….

  • wow

    wow this is pretty fruity cause its obviously just a frikin camera….wowwowwowwowwow fffrrrruuuiitty.

  • Anonymous

    Or rather than an optical illusion, maybe (JUST MAYBE) it MIGHT be the viewfinder of a camera phone. *Gobsmack*

  • Anonymous

    if you are getting too many illusions to post then dont waste time posting dumb ones like this. there are already plenty of these on your site that are much better than this one.

  • Anonymous

    just lookin around at the illusions and noticed the cell phone is the same as mine and it is just a picture with the camera.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like he’s just taking a vid. of his eyeball in his cell.

  • Kaoru Matsubara

    You can see it might be his cellphone, I think he did it on camera mode, and then put his eye, and then zoomed a little to make it weird. Good one though…

  • Matt

    TMBG is the band notbowen uses on his how not to play videos on youtube

  • peter

    tht is terrible..seriosly not an illusion..its simple..how can tht possibly be an illusion..plz some1 explain
    looks to me like some1 holdin a phone in front of their eye
    y dont i take a pic of my nose and then…hmm…put it in front of my nose…WoW

  • Hello

    i don’t get it

  • http://www.cuttingboardbamboo.net chopping board

    I can see that they are doing, using the eye on the phone screen to be his right.
    Nothing illusion about that. Come On…….