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By on May 22, 2012, with 66 Comments

While 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..

  • JacLan

    Very interesting indeed!

  • Kristy

    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.

    • pha

      Agreed. It doesn’t work and the faces look normal.

    • James

      That’s because you didn’t follow the instructions. You looked away.

  • Anon

    reflects their true self….

    • Kyle

      Or your true self.

  • yo

    hahahaha so funny

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  • leperchaun

    This is really cool! :)

  • xD

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

  • Chris

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

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2012/03/schizophrenia-test.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OpticalIllusions+%28Optical+Illusions%29&utm_content=Google+Internatio ultimate chimera

    very strange how this works

  • Colleen

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie543 debbie

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

  • Stephen

    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!

  • billyg420

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

  • Beverly

    I Dont Get It? Whats suppost to happen?

    • AnnOnymous

      By not ‘seeing’ what most of us see, it indicates that you’re pereferral vision isn’t narrow enough. No big deal.

    • your mom


      and i don’t get the effect either, just so you know.

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  • Casper

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

  • http://www.moillusions.com Grace

    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

  • Germania Jim

    So, what was supposed to happen?

  • Lena

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

  • http://itunes.apple.com/album/my-lucky-day/id418000079 Perceptual_Whistler

    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…

  • mary

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

  • Izzy

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

  • Sakura

    Woah! They almost look freaky!

  • Andrea

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

  • Ash

    Soooo weird…. dont get it :) but cool

  • Care Bear

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

  • http://idiotekmusic.blogspot.com/ RuloCore

    LOL @ Meryl Streep

  • mamaK

    Weirdest thing EVER!!

  • glittergirl

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

  • eric

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

    til you realize its the afterimage of the last picture

  • eee efff geee

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

  • Josue Boo

    lol! too wow!

  • Lee

    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.

  • griffin

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

  • Roosie

    Well that one had me laughing away!! :D

  • http://almostreadytogoamish.blogspot.com/ rn

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

  • April

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

  • http://freepeoples.WebStarts.com I says:

    woah that cool

  • cooper17

    yes, very interesting! cool!


    Maybe it’s a way to see the real you

  • Steve

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

  • Ambrily

    Funny! ;)

  • http://Mollusions.com MsConfidential

    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.

  • Ken

    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.

  • Phil

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

  • Anoymous

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

  • why me!?!?

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

  • Leah

    That was cool!!!

  • Someone

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

  • Mark

    Its scary but its funny at the same time

  • cecil mcqueen

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

  • BlackAngel

    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!

  • baja

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

  • S1

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

  • MJ

    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.

  • AyakoHide

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

  • pha

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

  • David K

    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

  • Jackson

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

  • Adèle

    Trop drole!!!

  • Momma

    Funny stuff!! They are all fake anyways! lol