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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.

They Might Be Giants Transparent Phone


33 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

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

  2. Person says:

    woah good eye

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do not get it

  4. iceguy says:


    and HA! first comment

  5. Anonymous says:

    Um…is a transparent screen really an optical illusion?

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

  6. Semicolon says:

    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.

  7. Anonymous says:

    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……

  8. James says:

    Poor excuse for an optical illusion if you ask me…

  9. Anonymous says:

    worst one yet

  10. amikemike says:

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

  11. NYIslanders2121 says:

    wow! thanks for publishing that so quickly! : )

  12. Anonymous says:

    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.

  13. mandi says:

    this one is cool
    plus i love They Might Be Giants

  14. Jason says:

    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….

  15. Anonymous says:

    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.

  16. Evgon says:

    boring. lame. aww!

  17. Anonymous says:

    particle man, particle man…

  18. Anonymous says:

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

  19. Anonymous says:

    There is clearly just a hole in the mans phone

  20. Anonymous says:

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

  21. Anonymous says:

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

  22. Noisulli says:

    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.

  23. Anonymous says:

    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….

  24. wow says:

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

  25. Anonymous says:

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

  26. Anonymous says:

    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.

  27. Anonymous says:

    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.

  28. Anonymous says:

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

  29. Kaoru Matsubara says:

    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…

  30. Matt says:

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

  31. peter says:

    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

  32. Hello says:

    i don’t get it

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

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