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One of our fans, person that goes under the nickname BSmile sent me some of his favorite .gif creations. I found them interesting enough, but wasn’t sure were they considered illusory enough to be presented on this site. Until I stumbled upon this animation below. Whoa! Can you see the illusion before I point it out? If not, concentrate on the pink cell-like formations. I don’t understand how BSmile managed to get them to constantly appear to shrink, while in fact their size is constant. Please reply you if see them shrink too, or have I gone crazy an started to see things…

Trippy Animated Illusion


99 Responses
  1. jorjeea says:

    rofl love it <3
    Also first comment. Had to :D

    • Bob says:

      It is awesome and I do see it shrinking – after I look away – whatever I look at seems to be distorted for a while. Then when I look back they are large and start their shrinking. A real game changer.

  2. BSmile says:

    Thanks for posting my animation Vurdlak.
    BTW, this was created using only 4 individual frames.

  3. Laura says:

    Hey man! I don’t know about the shrinking pink things, but I do know that watching this makes me get the munchies! Peace Out!

  4. Peter Gorham says:

    I thnk I could watch that for hours.

  5. ice_wolf325 says:

    i love it! it matches my theme for igoogle homepage

  6. Cyphis says:

    Yeah they constantly appear to shrink. Took me a min to find out which part was not changing, but the pink does seem to be stable as the rest is dynamic.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I saw it shrinking too! :)

  8. amiee says:

    o.o trippy stuff

  9. dave says:

    Where do you find the answers to the illusions on this site if you can’t figure out what they are?

  10. that’s a great one. I stare at it and it really seems like it is shrinking and moving away from me.

  11. catzrules says:

    love it :) really awesome illusion! second comment :)

  12. Jeff says:

    Wow, not only do I see them shrink, but they almost seem to keep going down a tunnel. I found that if I stare at them long enough, I can actually kind of hold and release them in motion, and if I blur my vision slightly, they reverse and grow.

  13. darthnix says:

    if you look in the corners, it looks like they are shrinking into the corners

  14. Care Bear says:

    If I wasn’t tripping before this illusion, I am now. It was fun.

  15. JohnnyDuck says:

    I see it!

  16. Greg Drohan says:

    to me it looks like the whole “snowflake” keeps moving away. great animation!

  17. Taylor says:

    awesome!!! i see it :D

  18. Slammer says:

    WOAH!!! that’s awesome!

  19. Iva says:

    nope, you’re not crazy :] i see it too
    it’s really neat

  20. Jacob says:

    looks like the pink thingamagummys are spinning around and they seem to expand and shrink constantly

  21. Moorish says:

    Technically the shapes are shrinking, while being replaced by new ones.

    Meh, not for me.

    • Cyphis says:

      No they are not technically shrinking. That’s the point. You simply fell for the illusion which means “meh,” it is for you.

  22. a person says:

    this is so cool…….i c it shrinking
    love this

  23. ryan says:

    they get smaller

  24. Alice says:

    OMG! So cool, I love it!!! :) :D

  25. popesantaxiv says:

    I found that so soothing…

  26. janeth.chavez says:

    REALMENTE INCREIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. vic 181 says:

    shrinking maybe ? but can u see the jumping frogs as well lol don’t know if they were intentional or are they just an optical illision ??? lol

  28. tori886 says:

    haha just because we both see the pink things move doesn’t mean you aren’t crazy, it just means that we are both CRAZY!

  29. Pete says:

    The pink ovals definately appear to be shrinking. I also see the corner pink objects to be retracting into the corners and seeminly disappear. Furthermore, the pink ovals that are shrinking suddenly grow back to their original size and begin shrinking again. Also, stare at the image for about 20-30 seconds and then look at a wall – reminds me of my mushroom days! lol

    I love my brain!

  30. Laura says:

    Whoa it’s getting smaller O_o

  31. CD says:


  32. Dave says:

    whoa! I’m not sure what would happen if you stare at it for long, but it seems something would.


    Trippy is right!

  33. Kidsrock12347 says:

    yeah it does look like there shrinking, u not going crazy :P

  34. Aja says:

    the yellow radiating out from the center makes the background appear to be getting bigger, which makes the pink appear to be getting smaller.

  35. Jeremiah says:

    Yeah, and if you look at the corners (for me anyway) it seems as thought they’re shrinking away offpage…. pretty neat stuff

  36. SnowBerey says:

    lol at first im like whats the illusion? i only see them shrinking…. then im like OMG THAT IS THE ILLUSION!!!!! lol im smart :P

  37. Rebecca says:

    haha its awesome BTW nice way to be first! xP

  38. The illusion is very nice, I to visuallised the pink spots contacting and violet colured regions continuously expanding ,I enjoyed it!! thanks for sharing!!

  39. Jeff says:

    Very strange. Yes they do appear to shrink. Nicely done.

  40. Larry Bergeron says:

    the snow-flake pattern does seem to shrink, and the same time i see the pattern receding into the distance but at the same time it stays the same size. ive seen stuff like this before, and it a trip.
    this is the first that ive registered, but ive been viewing MOI for maybe a year. very good stuff, i “LIKE” it!

  41. Louie says:

    I couldn’t look at this for more than five seconds. This is almost exactly what I see when I suffer from migraine headaches. Not pretty.

  42. Kathy McCormick says:

    I do see them shrinking

  43. Buckyball says:

    Very nice, it’s the surroundings that shrink and therefore you assume the pink parts are shrinking as well.

    By the way, at first I saw shrinking, but I can also see it expanding!!

  44. Tony says:

    It’s just an illusion boss:)

  45. jclark says:

    trippy is right

  46. Sparky says:

    It shrinks amazingly fast!

  47. Michelle says:

    Definitely trippy. My first impression was that they’re shrinking too, but if you really watch one you can see that they don’t. Excellent!

  48. Tim says:

    Yes, it looks like they’re shrinking.
    That doesn’t mean you’re not crazy. It just means you aren’t seeing things.

  49. bluepool says:

    so amazing!

  50. Jupiter says:

    Wow. Pretty cool though it hurts my eyes…. But I DO see them shrink. It seems any moment they should disappear..

  51. Tamara says:

    They’re shrinking….but they’re not. Trippy!

  52. Nate says:

    second comment!!! they are so shrinking

  53. parclair says:

    No, they are not fixed, they are shrinking. ‘-D

  54. Kimon says:

    The lines glide over the purple patches. The lines shrink,the purple patches don’t.

  55. fossda says:

    its a good optical illusion,it looks like its shrinking but really its srinking and getting bigger.

  56. William says:

    Really nice illusion!

    Also, I noticed this: If you focus on the center for some time, it’ll seem like the pink dots in the corners of the picture moves further and further away from the center, and at last disappear!

  57. barbara barron says:

    Yep they shrink, but the centre star explodes. Very good! hate to look at it with having had too much to drink!

  58. me123987645 says:

    I see it and so does my friend. Nice illusion!

  59. Mommynator says:

    but seriously…WITCHCRAFT!!!

  60. Love it! I am lamo!! The comments cracked me up, I looked back at the image, and it cracked me up!! You all are great~


  61. Curious… I wonder if you can force yourself to see the exact opposite; every line and curve moving in the opposite direction (and thus instead of shrinking, expanding).
    But that depends on the number of static pictures that it contains. Are there two, or are there three? (or even four?)

  62. Bruce says:

    Is there a way to permanently download or buy this Illusion for one’s on computer?

    • BSmile says:

      The easiest way to save this GIF (in Windows) is to ‘right-click’ on your mouse and choose ‘save as’. Then save it to a designated folder on your hard drive.

      Glad everyone (mostly) is enjoying it.


  63. Techrocket9 says:

    Nuuuutttsss… It’s real:


    That’s the best illusion in a long time…

  64. Vera says:

    Whoa is what I got. Very nice work!

  65. Milly McKimmy says:

    the definitely appear to shrink

  66. Glenn Willis says:

    Thankyou it was refreshing!!

  67. Dolphin says:

    It gives the illusion of the pink spots getting smaller,very nice.I love it.

  68. Glenn Willis says:

    To me they appear to come at me!,then go around then back in!!!

  69. ZL123 says:

    Yes, they do appear to shrink!
    But I can also force myself to make them look fixed.
    Good job!

  70. Eva says:

    Creepy! Sure looks like its shrinking.

  71. Try blinking fast, it wont shrink

  72. Sean says:

    Are you sure this ain’t animated? This is making my eyes hurt…

  73. Shriya says:

    if you look in the middle it stops moving!!!! try it and see for yourself!!!

    • Shriya says:

      it didn’t happen the second time…it was just coincidence. and it is definitly animated coz I pasted it onto word document and it stopped moving!!!!!

  74. stormfox says:

    concentrate on the centre, and the corners will leap away o0

  75. AJ says:

    it looks like they are pulsating. my eyes are hurting now.

  76. MIki says:

    Definitely shrinking !

  77. ertq says:

    its not the outer side of is pink a little inner side is slight green in the pink that you cant recognise. inner alittle greener the in is real green and the flowing to center effect distrat your concentration massively that you cannot concentrate. so you think that shape gotta get lost in the center that it gets alitte bigger thant it gets aliitle smaller thats what we saw
    but its alittle distraction trick

  78. Cynder says:

    Its a gif image so its animated… FAIL

  79. vince jory says:

    its cool but hurts my eyes

  80. kell says:

    wow cool its an animation the pink stuff isnt shrinking the outer beadsare getting smaller then bigger

  81. narvin says:

    fake optical illusion, its a animation that is moving, not a picture , u can con others but not me , try using paint of somehting to open nit will stop moving

  82. awseomeness says:


  83. miracle albario says:

    it is shrinking but it is not,, how amazing!!
    i felt like anytime,, it will disappear

  84. yasmin says:

    i see the get smaller to i think

  85. Rachel says:

    They are shrinking. its a constant streem of lines and they shrink but new lines replace them giving the aperance of never shrinking.

    • austin says:

      yes its like the mirror effect it looks like its getting smaller because the lines are moving closer while the pink stays the same and the lines fade and new lines appear

  86. lonnie says:

    use your best Chong voice, “Hey, far out man, now pass the acid”

  87. Grace says:

    And not an

  88. BSmile says:

    Do you like it

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