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By on February 21, 2010, with 114 Comments

Glad you liked those Escape The Room games I posted! There are many more to come, in days to follow. Mainly because you requested so. At least this what the ratings in our previous post are telling me. I feared many would object to non-illusion orientated material, but I’m glad I was wrong. But now we should return to our main course. I have prepared something interesting for today. As simple as it may be, this photo managed to trick me. Probably because I tend to overlook the details, always concentrating on the “big picture”. This probably makes me superficial at observing things, but there isn’t much I can do about it. I’m sure you’ll see it quicker than I did, but just in case you don’t – there are hints all over the place. Check the file-name, tags… and if all this doesn’t help, would I make your life easier if I told you that the poster bellow was actually an ad done for Disneyland? Yeah, trivial – I know…

Thumbs Up Illusion


114 Responses
  1. HEY! says:

    the guy only has 3 fingers and a thumb!!

  2. Michael says:

    first :))

    thats so easy i spotted it straight away!! There’s only 4 fingers on the hand :)

  3. BG says:

    Three fingers and a thumb. Your Disney hint gave it away!

  4. Facebook User says:

    it only has 3 fingers!

  5. FrankandJoe3 says:

    there are only 4 fingers! ha! my little brother and I saw it at the same time!!!

  6. coolcatbad40 says:

    this is so cool but grows

  7. Andrea says:

    I’ve been staring at this for 30 minutes trying to figure out what the illusion was because I didnt know the three fingers was part of the illusion. I thought maybe the figers were thumbs but the joint at the end is too short.

  8. meh says:

    i know wat u mean scott g, but look, those fingers have 2 joints after the first knuckle. a thumb only has 1

  9. watever says:

    A finger is missing.

  10. Marcus says:

    Well, everybody says “he’s got only three fingers!”
    Now, since when did the thumb stop being a finger..?

  11. egdirbr says:

    lol, it took me a second. Very subtly done, nice realism.

  12. Don says:

    Ok i’m still stuck in the room from yesterday..

  13. Kidsrock12347 says:

    Omg this is to easy it only has 4 fingers…..i would love to see much harder to figure out illusions

  14. jdot says:

    Umm… I’m confused… Is the fact that there are only 3 fingers actually the illusion in and of itself?
    What’s the illusion in that? The photograph is actually only showing three fingers, I can’t see anything that is tricking my eye… I just saw 3 fingers and accepted it and then went searching for the illusion..
    Am I missing something? What’s the illusion?

  15. Facebook User says:

    i don’t see it… except there are only three fingers visible and smallest finger is hidden inside the fist (thats quite visible)

  16. Darren says:

    Those are actually feet. The one foot is seen from the side with the other foots toes are wrapped around it. Im sure of it…

  17. me says:

    it took me like 1 minute to realise the hand only had 4 fingers XD

  18. Kourtney says:

    Thank you for all your hard work. I loved escaping the room and this one had me stumped for a few seconds as well. I love this app!

  19. the man says:

    I am still in the room, does it mean I’m going to be stayed in there forever?

  20. josipa says:

    I still dont get it. what is the illusion? the fact that this hand has only four fingers??

  21. Kris says:

    LOL I stared at it for like 10 minutes, thinking there was something hidden, bcs the 4 fingers seemed too obvious… until I read comments… it’s Mickey Mouse’s hand!!

  22. Mg says:



  23. ghjkil; says:

    lol huge fingers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. No one, says:

    Haha that is just weird! But cool…:)

  25. Cinthia says:

    Woah, have you noticed that most cartoons have only 3 fingers?! That’s why it was an ad for Disneyland! hahahaha realy smart and funny!

  26. Janice says:

    Woot I noticed it before I read the blurb! I’m proud of myself.

  27. v says:

    The thumb is a phalange so it’s a different type of finger – probably because it opposes the other 4 (or3(.

  28. Pel says:

    I don’t think of this as an illusion, but just some clever Photoshopping. I saw the missing digit instantly. From the way you described it, I thought maybe the hand/fist would resemble a Disney character’s face or something. Good, but I don’t think photoshopped things should be considered an illusion :P

  29. tinkerer says:

    4 thumbs!!!!!!!!! :)
    saw it right away!!!!!! :)

  30. David says:

    Right Kris – Mickey Mouse’s hand (paw??) – without his gloves on!

  31. AdB says:

    No illusion to this, just some photo shopping
    And some bad quality as I may say so
    Very cleary to see the middle finger has been removed, you can easaly spot a cut line between the forefinger (1st) and the ring finger (2nd)
    The cut line runs in a curved line to the lower end of the wrist
    so the ring finger and pink are simply tilted counter clockwise to fill the place of the middle finger

  32. Katie says:

    I had to read the comments to get it…
    It’s really cool…and i feel stupid for not thinking of it before!

  33. Tom says:

    this isn’t an illusion … it’s just Homer Simpson from an alternate universe

  34. Scott G. says:

    I see the main trick, but I wonder if the folded digits are thumbs as well, or if they just look that way b/c of the way they had to edit the image.

  35. Gillian says:

    Anyway they say the dude has 4 fingers and 4 me it is only hiding the last finger and i can do that.Really!!!!!!!!!!

  36. For Marcus says:

    For Marcus,

    The thumb was, and is, and will always be NOT a finger. This is because the thumb only has one joint, whereas the fingers have two.

  37. cassy says:

    Wow theres only 4 fingers on the hand….it got me at first but 5 seconds later i got it so come on you can do better

  38. " T " says:

    Nothing’s wrong with it… OH WAIT. Yeah. Of course. It has 9 extra fingers!

  39. Wolfman2200 says:

    You know, if you stare at the picture long enough, the stripes turn blue. ;) LOL! JK!

  40. Ms.Observant says:

    heck, at first i thought this was a colors darkr on the other side thing then it hit meh!

  41. imri says:

    i get there’s 3 fingers and a thumb but what does that have to do with Disney land?????

  42. Rahul Yadav says:

    well what crap it has all the fingers the pinki is twisted inside and he hasd coverd it with the other 3, its nosense!hahahaha realy smart and funny!

  43. Errol says:

    Three fingers and a thumb!

    BTW, the thumb has never been, and will never be a finger.

  44. v says:

    Where’s the illusion? People are born with different configurations (commonly referred to as birth defects).
    My poor Mickey! My poor Mickey!

  45. v says:

    What’s the illusion? An illusion is usually referred to as seeing something that isn’t there – as with the rainbow or the dots at the intersecting lines – Is there something I’m missing here?

  46. Justice193 says:

    the thumb is technically a finger, but because of the number of joints, and the fact that it is opposable, scientists consider it to be more than a mere finger, and so not calling it a finger is acceptable, but if you want to live your whole life using your thumb like it wasn’t opposable, by all means, call it a finger.

  47. HKWongalong says:

    Has no body picked up what the significant of the three fingers and a thumb means for Disney?

    Think MOUSE.

    great site btw, now back to getting out of that darned room

  48. chris says:

    Lol, Rather than notice the illusion, I actually spotted your spelling error with the word bellow. Good illusion by the way. Keep it up !

  49. Billy says:

    I dont`t get it..
    I noticed the 4 fingers only right away, I know someone who only has 4 fingers and i`ve seen someone with 6 before

  50. Anon says:

    First thing I noticed…

    Yeah, very trivial.

  51. Joe says:

    only 3 fingers.. not really an illusion.

  52. rd says:

    Here is a suggestion for you. Post one question associated with every illusion you post. Every illusion is like a puzzle, and you want to state clearly what the puzzle is. For example, “This picture was created without any photoshopping; it is a real photo. How was it done?” Or “What is this object, in reality?”, “What is wrong with this picture?” Put this question in bold, to separate it from other small talk.

    That will clear things up a lot and prevent confusion about what the viewers are supposed to be able to tell or do.

  53. Rick Haviland says:

    Three fingers and a thumb. To simple???

    • happydoodle says:

      ya i noticed the three fingers — and one thumb! ;) — right away, too easy. i saw it then kept looking cuz i thought it was something different, since that was so easy.

  54. nic says:

    i was looking for something for about 10 mins, i got so annoyed that i only realised that he only has 3 fingers and a thumb when i read the other posts.
    maybe thats just cause im not very good at spotting things tho. :L

  55. Luigi Antonio Raw says:

    I noticed it straight away before reading any text and then when I read about it I was expecting to see more.

  56. harry says:

    does the little bump on the middle/right side of the pic mean anything?

  57. my arss says:

    i never noticd that

  58. Joe Black says:

    For all of those people who think the Thumb has less joints that the other finger, curl your thumb in and count the joints. You’ll find three just like any other finger. The first joint is deeper in the flesh, because it connects to the hand differently, but it’s a thumb joint nonetheless. Look at an X-ray of a had sometime . . . three joints!

  59. DJK says:

    Mickey Mouse only has three fingers and a thumb.

  60. Callie May says:

    I got distracted by the ripple in the wall paper and didn’t notices the fingers till I left the room and came back

  61. Facebook User says:

    I looked and i looked and i looked i saw the hand lol

  62. trebam says:

    So this fellow has a double jointed little finger… COOL illusion by the comments I read above!

  63. The~Man says:

    Does he have three fingers or something?

  64. Quangdao says:

    Donald Duck!! Turn your heads clockwise 90 degrees!

  65. Samantha says:

    Oh that’s annoying. I saw the three fingers right away and spent ten minutes trying to figure out what in the hell the illusion was.

  66. Cynthia says:

    Looks to me like they are all thumbs

  67. Delenn Deszcz says:

    Wow. That was kinda confusing 4 a second.

  68. Louboutin Shoes says:

    Wow. That was kinda confusing 4 a second.

  69. Mitschka Advisory says:

    It took me a while! Thumbs up from Mitschka

  70. Mandy says:

    I’m usually easily fooled, but I spotted this one immediately.

  71. mark d says:

    what a load of rubbish. not an illusion, more a picture of someone with only 3 fingers.

  72. !!me!! says:


  73. Maverick says:

    i think the author needs to understand the meaning of the word illusion before posting it just to get cheap publicity.

  74. Just Me says:

    I think the illusion is that the stripes on the wall distracts you from the fingers.

  75. Lizzie says:

    The paper got me

  76. Violet says:

    Slightly-less-bothered ditto of what Samantha said above.

  77. Mardi Graz says:

    Are you people serious?…cuz that’s the first thing I noticed about the pic…I just spent 10 minutes crossing my eyes, tilting my head and squinting trying to see what I was missing….The optical illusion couldn’t be something so obvious as three fingers! It’s not the fingers….

  78. coolez says:

    i can do that little bit

  79. Dolphin says:

    Big hint:He says it was an ad for disney land!!!

  80. christian louboutin says:

    i can do that little bit

  81. samir says:

    don’t post stupid thing like this in future it waste our time or either mention what the illusion is so that we can see what actually you wanna show.

  82. JunO says:

    He was simply hide his pinky and covered it with another fingers
    I have try this and simply works!

  83. Anonym says:

    I can’t believe I spotted the three fingers plus thumb right awyay, and then I lost like 10 minutes looking for some “illusion”.
    I did notice it was Photoshop though, because the palm of the hand seems to have been ‘patched’, but I don’t see any “illusion”.

  84. SHYzone says:

    Poor kid!!!

  85. xao says:

    who’s hand is it?mickey or donald?

  86. Tamour says:

    The Illusion in this picture is the relation ship of the hand with the cartoons remember cartoons have only 3 fingers….. the hand resembles it and shows the relation of humans with cartoons…

  87. cw says:

    It took me about 5 whole minutes to see that there were only 3 fingers. Granted I wasn’t concentrating on the pic the whole time. I have a lack of detail orientation, too, and I’ve conceded that this is the way I am. lol

  88. Denise says:

    The illusion is that his pinky finger is tucked under the other ones so it just looks like he only has 3 fingers. Try it yourself, it’s a convincing illusion.

    • Nathan says:

      Its a fat person, so its just the fat folding over It happens to everyone, but its very noticeable on fat people.

  89. Mitcha says:

    Che… I noticed the fingers straight away.

  90. Innuendo says:

    I can see a digital seam on said hitchikers hand

  91. andrea says:

    An illusion would be if if he had all five digits but it looked like only four. boooooring

  92. brown poot says:


  93. brown poot says:


  94. andrea walkers says:

    brown poot why did you poot?

  95. brown poot says:

    I dont know

  96. andrea walkers says:

    brown poot why did you poot

  97. brown poot says:

    cause I’m in my bath tub

  98. NJ says:

    and he called that an illusion? O.o guess he don’t even know the meaning of the word “illusion”. boooooooooooorinf

  99. Aisling Eileen O Carroll says:

    whats the illusion?

  100. tilmen says:

    Hi there!

    Here are my ideas about this illusion…

    1-This fat pinky cant be hidden
    2.Can’t there be two hands?
    3.Why are the stripes there?

    good illusion if it is…

  101. @gigi no pinkie 4 fingers

  102. Jim says:

    I really am Pissing Myself Laughing!

  103. the kid has 4 fingers

  104. Janet says:

    I was so busy staring at the “thumbs up” that I didn’t notice the 3 fingers until I went back and understood the first puzzle and returned to this one.

  105. CWThomas says:

    This little piggy went to market,
    This little piggy stayed at home,
    This little piggy had roast beef,
    and this little piggy had none,
    and this little… Oh, I’m out of piggies. Now I’m an angry bird.

  106. Jane says:

    I have a cousin that was actually born missing fingers and toes. If she saw this, it would probably upset her. :/

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