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By on September 29, 2012, with 30 Comments

Two Face Optical IllusionSorry guys for me being absent for the last two days. I just hope this illusion Sandile found will make it up for the gap.

If you concentrate on the photo our South African fan shared, one I have attached to the right of this article, you will see what appears to be fused frontal/profile headshot of a young man. Now if you observe this very same image with your palm covering first left, and then right side of his face, you will end up with some pretty confusing results.

I’ve created a mockup below just to make it easier for you to see both frontal and sideway view. Even though we had something similar posted here before, I still have trouble figuring these kind of illusions.

Unfortunately, Sandile didn’t provide us with info on the artist behind this, so if you have any clues be sure to share them inside your comments. Higher-res original can be found right after the jump.

Two Face Optical Illusion

I’m a South African who loves illusions. I really don’t know if you have this one, but it’s been disturbing my brain for quite some time now. I really admire the person who created this and just thought I could share it with everyone. Keep up the good work! – Sandile, RSA

Two Face Optical Illusion


30 Responses
  1. dani says:

    Awesome! The one on the left looks Egyptian style. The more I look at it the more I’m baffled. It seems like the nose is in profile but the eye is looking straight on in a seamless transition. Very well done.

    • eric says:

      dido – almost
      i found the seam, left to right its 2/3 of the way through the forehead, cuts down through the eyebrow at ~-30º, around the inside of the eye, down in a bit of an arc around the nose to the nostril, out again, down around the mouth (if you skwint here you’ll 2 white lines. continues around underneath – chin is straight on

      still cool – still well done
      I feel like it should be a statue, with the inside of the face concave

  2. breandan says:

    I remember my father having a bunch of these kind of pictures when I was about five, back in the dark age, before color tv. They were postcards. He would ask me questions about what I saw. Unfortunately, I never saw him again.
    Thank you, your illusion today brought back a long lost memory for me.

  3. SoundMaster says:

    Simple but effective, I like it!

  4. Norm says:

    Brilliant! Finely done, beautiful work!

  5. aragix says:

    at first it looks like both options are possible, but when you take a closer look you can see the left side ( his right) of his shirt. so i can safely conclude that he is look into the camera.

  6. mbecker says:

    Hooray Photoshop

  7. Yep says:

    Haven’t we seen this one already?

  8. TOMMY says:

    Most Excellent photo[illusion] I’ve seen in a long while!

  9. robin rule says:

    I know someone just like that but only he is four facesed.

  10. Scott says:

    Looks like one photograph and some well-done “scissor” work. The “scissor”-cut is especially crafty around the eyelash and beard. Really good!

  11. Roeland says:

    This one is the best so far. I think because of the nose. Compare these:


  12. Mkay says:

    Actually, I find it rather spooky and unnerving!

  13. Antti says:

    Just brilliant. My mind spins around and cannot decide wich way the face is. There cant be two in one…

  14. Adam says:

    I love these illusions. They look weird.

  15. Jace says:

    Creepy! I love it! It keeps flipping back and forth.

  16. Clemmie says:

    If you cover one half of the face, you get a guy either staring forward of sideways. Confusing, Eh?

  17. Holly says:

    The Sideways Face Looks Like Raymond, From ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.

  18. Malky says:

    Only works if you have binocular vision (which I don’t)I therefore can’t see the third view shown.

  19. Johnny says:

    This one is good, but it would work even better if the eye was looking at the right of the picture.

  20. BaZZa101 says:

    It is 2 images grafted together.
    It is NOT a scissor Cut Out.

  21. wwandrfeil says:

    is this an app?

  22. mndi89 says:

    Nope, just photoshopfinal2.jpg

  23. eya says:

    it looks like an edit picture :) jokee. okay niice one. how’d they do it?

  24. Someone says:


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