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Video: Optical Illusion RingFrom the creators of one of the best video illusions we have in our archives (Little Green Dragon), here comes another interesting toy. Have you heard about optical illusion ring? Apparently, when you turn the ring one way, it seems to be getting fatter; but rotate it in the opposite direction, and it will seem to get thinner and thinner!

The illusion is utterly convincing, and really quite unexpected. It has to be something connected with those little holes in the ring. Seems they somehow visually change their size as you rotate the ring. Anywayz, however it works – it works really well! Let’s discuss what’s the effect in action here. Hope you liked this one – looking forward to hear your comments!

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83 Responses
  1. Hering says:

    I don’t see it.

  2. Nizati says:

    Ooh! i want one in silver please!!! hehe. It’s sort of like an illusion of movement.. something about that corkscrew shape the two lines have give the illusion. Very awsome and intricate. x.x so want.

  3. Peggy says:

    That’s neat. I want one. Anybody know if they sell them?

  4. Røb says:

    Cool, I want one!

  5. jasdip says:

    remarcble optical illusion :P

  6. Megan says:

    this is a very lovely trick of the eye. It is how the braids are made that makes the illusion work

  7. Jacob says:

    that is sick!!!

  8. Joseph says:

    Haha! I have that ring!
    I bought it from a magic shop when I was about 12. Wow.

  9. Jeff says:

    That is a very cool ring… if anyone knows where to find one I’ll like to get one myself.

  10. Ken says:

    very good for the average guy but easy if you think about it. The reason it seems smaller is because you can no longer see the hole and so the angle of the ring then leads the mind to think it is smaller because every line looks like it becomes smaller

  11. Care Bear says:

    I’m single. I’ll take any ring no matter what it does. I’m old and desperate.

  12. its kind of like a screw, it looks like it is going down but it doesnt

  13. JDPower says:

    I’m just not seeing this one :-/

  14. eb says:

    Can they make one that makes diamonds bigger? That would be perfect for that other optical illusion…. Marriage.

  15. jman says:

    its kind of hard to see in this video but i did notice it i think it has to do with the holes and the way the bands themselves seem to be twisted.
    i think i want one of these rings

  16. mcon1964 says:

    Where can I get one?

  17. mark says:

    that’s very neat, were can I get one…

  18. A Snail says:

    In the still picture the ring appears thin at the top and thick at the bottom. I think the illusion is caused because at the top its like looking through layers of chain links (stacked up) where as at the bottom your looking at the tops of the links.

    I think the technical term is imbrication and is a method of identifying which way a river flows by just looking at the stones(if there is no water visible in the river). If you look up the river where this happens, the river bed has lots of small stones, where as looking down the river the river bed has fewer large stones, dispite the stones all being the same size – a nice optical illusion in its own right.

  19. Freddie says:

    i have to admit, I couldn’t see it getting any smaller or bigger… mainly because his finger was covering half the ring

  20. Zade says:

    neato frito

  21. Not Impressed says:

    I think that just seems to happen because of the light.

  22. sona says:

    wow that is totally amazing. The best illusion I have seen for a very long time

  23. Davids says:

    The effect seems to be the interplay of light on the surface of the ring.

    Very cool. I want one!

  24. Beva says:

    Very cool!

  25. lolly xx says:

    ahh thats pretty cool
    you can see it’s because of the twists
    in the ring and the way the light is reflected
    makes it appear to be shrinking or getting bigger

  26. russell says:

    I think it’s actually the way the light reflects off the internal edges that makes the illusion. I wonder how it would look without the bright light shining..

  27. Someone says:

    it’s the design of the ring that makes us think it’s growing bigger

  28. Moon says:

    I think its something to do with the V shape pattern that appears on the ring. When you look at the pattern from its open end, you will see the gaps and it will have an effect of it being larger. If you see the V pattern from its sharp end, the gaps between the pattern will be hidden and it will appear to be smaller.

  29. Juanita says:

    wow that is cool! FIRST ONE YES

  30. proxylott says:

    wow!! is it corz of the lighting and the shape of the little ringlet things?

  31. Chris says:

    its all the reflection of the light and the gaps in the ring that makes it appear smaller or bigger depending on how u turn it

  32. Justice193 says:

    well this one is really cool, it probably has something to do with the way the light is hitting it as well.

  33. Stephen Newte says:

    Very nice. I assume it works by the angle of the central piece between holes and the angle of undercut and protuberences around the hole which makes the holes appear to close as they are viewed obliquely making the ring look thinner. Looking into the holes head on or slightly the other way, the opennings look larger and the ring fatter.

  34. Tim says:

    I think the key to it is that the holes are at such an extreme angle – it’s more like connected lilies than a simple braid.

  35. Ed says:

    Where can we buy one of these? It’ll be good for engagement.

  36. mehreen hasnain says:

    i think its the braid design of the ring which makes it look thin or fat.

  37. Valerie says:

    I didn’t notice it at first but after a while I noticed the chinks inside the ring getting larger and smaller. Liked it but didn’t love it. Worth watching video though :D

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  39. Kimon says:

    The secret is not the holes. It is the curvy surface that is like two drill bits with their groves winding in opposite directions. The effect is created by the reflections following the groves.

  40. crazyyboyy says:

    As far as I can work out the illusion works similarly to a drill bit – if you twist it the threds seem to turn up or down. If I’m right its to do with where the eyes are drawn by the twisting motion and by the play of light on the ring

  41. Angelina says:

    Quite impressive!!! Liked it so much.

  42. Hannah says:

    First coment i think! Its cool, is it like that earth illusion which seemed to go forward and went on forever?

  43. Kownn says:

    Cool!

  44. Jay Are says:

    Well, yeah it’s the latticework that causes the illusion; that and the static point of view, like almost every other optical illusion. Nice, but by no means impressive.

  45. Alfie says:

    Wow, that is very clever! I believe I vaguely know how this works.

  46. Jake O'Neill says:

    Thats pretty cool!!!

  47. joe B says:

    the dude in the video alone makes it worth watching. Reminds me of michael caine.

  48. jeremy says:

    thats an awesome ring. i want it.

  49. AmsterdamMan says:

    nice one!!!

  50. It appears, to me, that the holes go from smaller to larger. It also seems to have a little more gold as the ring gets larger. It is a remarkable illusion, yes indeed, yes indeed.

  51. Emiel says:

    awesome i want one! =D

  52. Awesome Anonymous says:

    that is cool. wonder where you can get one

  53. Jimmy Slater says:

    Pretty cool.. mirror image double helix joined side by side..

  54. Cyndaquil3 says:

    Kewl.

    …WOOT! First

  55. Katie says:

    I honestly don’t see it.

  56. Ryan Gamble says:

    Interesting illusion. It’s created by the reflections of a single light source on each half of the ring. As the ring moves, the angle of reflection changes on the surface of the ring, moving the point of reflection either inwards or outwards, depending on direction of rotation, creating almost a zipper effect. It creates the idea that the two halves of the ring are at one moment separate, but as the ring rotates, the two halves merge, or vice-versa. The illusion might not be as effective with ring made of a less-reflective material, but that’s just a supposition.

  57. Nobody says:

    sick

  58. Nuwis says:

    In each interlaced piece of the ring, there is a wide opening which decreases in size. When you turn it one way, the large section replaces the small one (in perspective) making it seem to grow. In the other direction, when the ring is turned, the small parts line up and seem to be tightening.. pretty simple :)

  59. servilan42 says:

    Ok, how does he do it?

  60. Patricia Ann Ingram says:

    Fascinating! I love it!! You have out done yourself again! Keep up the great illusions…

  61. Giftie says:

    very interesting,,

  62. Krysius says:

    Nice illusion! Wish i could manipulate my shape like that :D

  63. SeaNanners says:

    O.o

  64. says says:

    Oh my goshness! I am the first to comment. Well, I think it is pretty cool
    fom sez

  65. AC says:

    Like the illuion! Exsecpt the guy’s finger’s are HAIRY!

  66. xino says:

    sweet!:)

  67. That was cool! It’s the tractor-wheel-shape on the ring which makes the illusion! Clever one

  68. Massive Marbles says:

    Its really clever, keep’em coming!

  69. Dolphin says:

    I see this kind of illusion all the time!But it seems more awesome every time!

  70. Sebowos says:

    that guy make’s me sleepy

  71. Nommers says:

    It’s just appears that way from a reflection in light, which makes the gold shine and seem to expand and get smaller. But it would be pretty cool to have one of those, I suppose. Not the best I’ve seen though. I still like the Little Dragon Illusion. :D

  72. malagrond says:

    To simplify all the complicated explanations:

    The small holes are angled one direction into the “cone” shaped loops, so you lose sight of them as the ring rotates.

  73. Analiza says:

    I’m sure that I know a little how this works, it will be a bit difficult to explain though.

    Each of the little designs are slanted at an angle so if you look at it (how everyone else looked at it in the video) it would give your eyes the illusion that the ring was zipping up or shrinking as some say. I hope that made sense.. if I had the ring it’d be easier to explain. I could be wrong however.

  74. hayyy says:

    NOT AN OPTICAL ILLUSION!!!!!!!OR AT LEAST I DONT SEE IT!!!

  75. lolwut says:

    That dude’s knuckles are gross I couldn’t help but laugh.

  76. Nathan says:

    Looks like a zipper!!

  77. Zeb says:

    what if the ring really did change from the back of the ring to the face, he only turns it a litte in each direction. the part that is at the back of your finger could be tighter or smaller and the part that shows may be broader.

    • Zeb says:

      thats dumb Zeb you should really look before you post. You can seee enough of the ring to ee that itss the same all around, but only looks differnt because of the stuff the other people said

  78. wendy says:

    I want one

  79. LadyKryten says:

    they do sell these rings online. all you need to do is google optical illusion ring, they are less than 10 bucks.

  80. alex says:

    lol this is totally convincing!!
    btw if you want one its on amazon!

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