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By on May 22, 2012, with 66 Comments

VIDEO Pretty Celebrities Turn UglyWhile ago I have posted an interesting optical illusion video showing relatively unknown distorting effect in action. This recently discovered phenomena uses god-knows what kind of trickery to distort ordinary (even beautiful) faces into ugly caricatures.

It’s also worth mentioning that the discovery was made by accident, or – pure luck if you will. Perhaps someone was listing still photographs of people’s portraits, while his/her focus drifted away from their faces. If you’re interested to learn more about the effect, you should check our previous article on this topic.

But for now – just sit back, relax and play the clip. Just don’t forget to follow the instructions given at the very beginning (focus your eyes on the white cross in the center). So, what have you experienced? Could it be that this is how drug-addicts experience the world around them? Dunno..


66 Responses
  1. JacLan says:

    Very interesting indeed!

  2. Kristy says:

    doesn’t work for me, if I keep my eyes on the cross the faces don’t register so I don’t actually know what they’re supposed to look like but when I look away from the cross at the actual faces, they look normal.

  3. Anon says:

    reflects their true self….

  4. yo says:

    hahahaha so funny

  5. serge says:


  6. leperchaun says:

    This is really cool! :)

  7. xD says:

    WOAH! LOL…i knew they werent all that pretty…pshhh their beauty is just an illusion… xD

  8. Chris says:

    Wow!! I was not expecting that. So weird!!

  9. very strange how this works

  10. Colleen says:

    Someone please help me. I’m trying to submit an illusion and can’t because this is a shared computer. Can I send one in from my own email account?

  11. debbie says:

    u kwnon , this looks like some of the women, that do it with needles.

  12. Stephen says:

    The interesting is, it doesn’t have to be 2 pictures side by side. It still works even with just one picture. Cover one side of the two pictures, but still concentrate on looking at the crosshair, and you still get the same effect!

  13. billyg420 says:

    That is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen!

  14. Beverly says:

    I Dont Get It? Whats suppost to happen?

  15. Pulchra55 says:


  16. Casper says:

    wow, very cool. What is happening in our brain when watching this, so strange.

  17. Grace says:

    very intersting……and im damn intersted in the optical illusions that are published/shown on igoogle….it is actually and really very very cool…..after every two days, something new is published and it is never boring….
    i really liked the optical illusion “who is holding whom”…it was a little bit difficult to check it out that actually who is holding whom……. heheheeee

  18. Germania Jim says:

    So, what was supposed to happen?

  19. Lena says:

    Huh? i don’t get it. The effect doesn’t really seem to work in my eyes

  20. That is seriously trippy. I had to watch it again, this time looking right at the faces, just to make sure it was really just normal photos of people. Wow…

  21. mary says:

    thats the best illusion ive seen in a while! very interesting phenomenon… i wonder why that works…fascinating. they look like cartoon characters!

  22. Izzy says:

    Saw this on Tumblr the other day.
    Freaks me out!

  23. Sakura says:

    Woah! They almost look freaky!

  24. Andrea says:

    Wow, that is weird!! (and awesome!)

  25. Ash says:

    Soooo weird…. dont get it :) but cool

  26. Care Bear says:

    I always knew there was something too perfect about all those airbrushed celebs.

  27. RuloCore says:

    LOL @ Meryl Streep

  28. mamaK says:

    Weirdest thing EVER!!

  29. glittergirl says:

    2nd comment!!!!!! yaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!
    its really cool if you watch the FACES first and then the CROSS second!!!!!!

  30. eric says:

    ah thats crazy!
    seems fake – makes no sense ???

    til you realize its the afterimage of the last picture

  31. eee efff geee says:

    I keep on getting distracted by the moving photos -_- nice illusion.

  32. Josue Boo says:

    lol! too wow!

  33. Lee says:

    i thought this illusion was on here a while back, only the faces changed much faster. Either way, I think it would be more effective if they did.

  34. griffin says:

    ok that was freaky. reminds me of that scene from scary movie 3 with the ring spoof

  35. Roosie says:

    Well that one had me laughing away!! :D

  36. rn says:

    That’s an amazing trick! I had to cheat a couple times just to confirm I wasn’t seeing images deliberately warped.

  37. April says:

    I liked it… However I kept wanting to focus on their faces! But it was very good! :)

  38. I says: says:

    woah that cool

  39. cooper17 says:

    yes, very interesting! cool!

  40. HPANAMIO says:

    Maybe it’s a way to see the real you

  41. Steve says:

    Fantastic! The ugly effect works when viewed from the side or even upside down.

  42. Ambrily says:

    Funny! ;)

  43. Looking at the video for the second time. which i haven’t gotten It first time, You can really see the crazy looking face’s from these celebrities. well that was a great video.

  44. Ken says:

    I had to look over directly at the faces as I was convinced at first that it was a prank, it’s quite bizarre but brilliant.

  45. Phil says:

    Some of the look freaky without looking at the middle. Jim Carrey. Matt Damon. Kevin Spacey.

  46. Anoymous says:

    wow this illusion is cool and its on my birthday! Really Cool!! :D

  47. why me!?!? says:

    that’s cool. oh and happy birthday,Anoymous!

  48. Leah says:

    That was cool!!!

  49. Someone says:

    What is the URL of this video?So I can watch it whenever I am bored.

  50. Mark says:

    Its scary but its funny at the same time

  51. cecil mcqueen says:

    man talking bout a freak show. u think that’s how we reall look and just don’t know it

  52. BlackAngel says:

    OMG! This is so freaky!! These things always scare me a little because some sites will trick you into staring at sometning then show this hideous face or something, but I always take the plunge anyway.. Plus it is so scary what the mind does in these things. Makes you wonder what are we REALLY seeing? Also, as Cecil McQueen mentioned what if that’s what we ALL look like to everyone else?! One more thing to think about!

  53. baja says:

    thats sooo trippy! i had to watch it more than once cause i kept lookeen at the faces

  54. S1 says:

    If you don’t see it, try different page zooms (ctrl + mousewheel).

  55. MJ says:

    That was so cool…! I never thought that it works but it is so great to experience it… Well it just give me a little headache their as I have a very good perception.

  56. AyakoHide says:

    It didn’t work for me. =w= When I look at the cross, the faces look normal. :3

  57. pha says:

    Doesn’t work for me. Does it require depth perception? I lack that…

  58. David K says:

    The faces haven’t been altered but you’re clearly not using the best possible picture of some of these people. I think Sean Penn is pretty much a jerk, but even I think you could have found a better picture of him

  59. Jackson says:

    One of the best I’ve seen yet. Well played.

  60. Adèle says:

    Trop drole!!!

  61. Momma says:

    Funny stuff!! They are all fake anyways! lol

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