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Just few minutes ago I’ve added new illusory paintings by Andre Martins De Barros to our Facebook channel (along with few other illusions I thought were too subtle/weak for our homepage). You be the judge. Please don’t forget to “like” our FB group (you can do it via the sidebar facebook box) if you want to receive all those 2nd grade illusions that go straight to our channel.

Concerning what I have prepared for you today, I might be a bit late, but good stuff should always be good stuff! As you see, what might appear as obviously photoshopped photo at first, can in reality turn out to be quite opposite! Again, you be the judge, but know that there is a hidden clue that exposes the illusion, one that can be seen in the second photo. Only hint I can give you is to concentrate on the limbs! This photograph was created by BrodyQat (on Flickr), and you may find more photos if you visit this link.

Vintage Santa Claus Illusion
Vintage Santa Claus Illusion


114 Responses
  1. Macy says:

    Well that’s obviously real.

  2. darthnix says:

    I dont understand. wheres the illusion?

  3. Janneke says:

    Isn’t it real?
    She is wearing black-white make up. You can tell by her left hand on the second photo!

  4. Entharion says:

    Well you can see the reflection of the red suit on the grey of her suit, too accurate for the average photoshopper.

    nice illusion :)

  5. Laura says:

    Ummm I have no idea! I am hoping someone out there either gives me a HUGE hint… or the answer! LOL!!!

  6. Honey says:

    what’s going on?? are u tellin me that her skin is grey in reality???

  7. Laura says:

    Wait a second….. I think I know it! It LOOKS photoshopped, but isn’t. This photo wasn’t changed in any way?! I look at her one hand with the glove and see…..hehehehe!

  8. Sarah-Jane says:

    lol, what are we supposed to see??? ;)

  9. Care Bear says:

    Kinda like the little girl in Shindler’s List but from a different color perspective.

  10. kelly says:

    is it a manequin?

  11. Joe says:

    Uh? I don’t get the illusion or the clue.

  12. Poppy says:

    The red of the coloured Santa’s jacket reflects off the grey of the vintage Santa’s jacket.
    Very cool.

  13. you dont need to know says:

    what am i looking for?

  14. ali says:

    She’s in black & white costume and makeup?

  15. qwertyuiop says:

    is the guy pinching the girls bum or something?

  16. Penny Lane says:

    Nice! :)

    HINT: look at the uncovered limbs in the second pic… maybe you’ll notice something ‘strange’… ;)

  17. KW says:

    Usually I get these but this one is just not doing it for me…

  18. dakota says:

    here cloves are white??
    or isnt that it.

  19. A Snail says:

    Hmmm, I have a feeling this is photoshoped. The darker areas have a higher than average amount of red, only by a bit, but consistently above average. You could explain some of it as reflected light e.g. on her trousers below her left hand on the second photo, but the sack in her right hand is just too far away for that and its a very similar amount of extra red, it should be much lower if any.

    There are also a few other oddities with her hair, but that could be down to a low quality jpg file allowing some bleeding of red.

    Finally her face and eyes are exactly the same imbalance of red to green and blue as the cloths. Getting that in reality seems unlikely, I have a hard enough task to match two socks together, never mind matching her eye colour to her cloths and the sack.

    I’m kind of hoping that at this point you will probably point out that the illusion has nothing to do with the colours and I have missed the point of this illusion.

  20. OhioCPA says:

    well, the second pic the girl’s hand looks like maybe a mannikin?
    Also, the face looks exactly the same, even though the head has been turned.

  21. aj says:

    i soooo get it now

  22. A Snail says:

    Ok, I was probably wrong in my previous post, I found this video on YouTube, she is about 4 seconds into the video. Faking video is much harder, and there are a few other photos I came across where some of here makeup was wearing off.

  23. Awesome Anonymous says:

    I DONT SEE IT!!!!

  24. layne says:

    wow in the second picture her hands look like a flesh color i gess it might be real…

  25. anon. says:

    It’s subtle, but also glaringly obvious. I thought it was photo shopped at first! :D

  26. Cherry Blossom says:


  27. kimbo says:

    it’s a fake! a plastix doll!

  28. robert gerritsen says:

    Whatever boose is in the bottle in the first picture.

  29. Sunny says:

    I think we’re meant to think that she’s real and painted grey and stuff, but I do think it’s been photoshopped for her to be in black and white. I may be wrong but in the first photo, the bobble on her hat has been missed out… If that is part of her hat.
    I still don’t get whether this is an illusion or not.

  30. Sally says:

    Nope … not getting it, shes proberly wearing black and white clothes and makeup .. but wheres the clue that exposes the illusion??

  31. climber59 says:

    I don’t see an “illusion.” I heard about this lady a month ago and she had the same costume last year.

  32. Lunar says:

    The woman is wearing a grey outfit and has used grey make-up on her face and hair. You can see the red from the other guy sort of “reflecting” on her

  33. T.storey says:

    toes are a great way of getting around,maybe.lol

  34. Typeaux says:

    The young lady hasn’t been Photoshopped… no need, since she is wearing a gray Santa suit and gray makeup. Her suit gives her away, since it is a fine-weave material that reflects some of the color from the gentleman’s red suit next to her. Without taking eyedropper measurements of color saturation in her mittens, I can’t say if they are giveaways or not, but I definitely see red reflections in her suit on her left, um, side. :)

  35. Patsy says:

    IT’S A DOLL!?!

  36. ann says:


  37. David Bethke says:

    She’s wearing a gray colored outfit, and grey makeup on her face and hands (worn off a bit in the second picture).

  38. Anonymous says:

    Ah, it’s a mannequin.

  39. Bjorn says:

    no shadow

  40. Daniell says:

    I don’t get it. Please tell me what it is!

  41. thedirtyknapkin says:

    its a 2d cutout… look at her shadow

  42. David Cherry says:

    Make-up and grey suit?

  43. Dustin says:

    Is it possible that it’s a mannequin in both pictures? Incredibly realistic, but to me her hand looks fake and doesn’t appear to have fingernails. Thoughts anyone?

  44. Lila Joy says:

    ???I’m confused.???

  45. Shae Wilkerson says:

    One of her breast are bigger than the other lol…

  46. plmethvin says:

    Okay what am I looking at?

  47. the stupid guy says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaa what am i supposed to see?????

  48. Theo Adams says:

    Haha awesome :D

  49. Ron Calhoun says:

    No clue what the deal is. ???

  50. Lizzie says:

    I understood it, but I didnt like it :/

  51. lily says:

    limbs are white & woman is black.she must be wearing gloves.

  52. Joe Black says:

    She’s standing in front of a picture. In the second picture, the guy casts a shadow, but she doesn’t. She’s actually, standing on his shadow and s/b blocking part of it.

  53. KuhBuhDuh says:

    She’s … painted grey?

    I know it’s tough to keep finding optical illusions all the time, so even though this doesn’t rock my world, keep it up.

  54. Soumyee says:

    She’s painted herself grey?

  55. A random person says:

    The reflected light from the red Santa suit gives her away in the second picture. it’s pretty nifty.

  56. sienna says:

    shes not real
    shes a mannican

  57. Sean says:

    This ‘woman’ is a fake?!

    • Mr.Chicken Wing says:

      Indeed, look at the sencond picture and look at the girls hand, it is not real, thats proof that she is not real.

  58. Jiying Zou says:

    what is it?

  59. zak says:

    …i dont see a thing. But there’s seems to be some thing unusual on the girl’s limbs

  60. RedDeer says:

    Is the woman a Mannequin / dummy ? Face looks a bit too stiff.

  61. Nice idea, well executed!

  62. Tonya Davis-Stinson says:

    That is an awesome suit!! Check out the video for her:

  63. drew says:

    she doesnt have a shadow

  64. Scott McNay says:

    Here’s another set of pictures, a couple of which have comments:

  65. Chrisley Abrigo says:

    omg ! shes using shorts !

  66. Laura says:

    Lets see, her clothes are grayish and her make up is grayish? Like you said the photo was not tweeked or shopped or anything. It is what it is!

  67. A real “brain twister”, Can’t quite figure it out. It appears, to me, there is something about the hands and the feet that are not right. Something about the color has a pink tint to it. I just don’t know………

  68. DDonohue says:

    I still think it is photoshopped. In the first picture, the end of the hat (just above the ball) is red. But in the second picture, it is grey. I think somebody just missed her hand in the second picture.

    • Stashiv says:

      The clue on the limbs in the second photo is that you can actually see the red reflecting from the gentleman next to her. This is not photoshopped or altered in any matter. She simple wore a grey suit and gave the appearance she was being displaying in black and white. In the first photo the hat you see in the background which people are assuming was missed during editing is from someone else behind her. There are no tricks, she’s not wearing makeup, you’re just presented with the illusion that she is due to the extreme difference in the colors of the suits

    • ParveshK says:

      @Stashiv Thanks for making clue easy. It was big illusion for me that, what the illusion is?.

      Yes she is not a photoshoped image but she is wearing makeup of grey. You can watch her in video at this link -

      Actually the real illusion was for live crowd. It somewhat loosed its worth as an image.

  69. Somebody says:

    The girl is painted? In the video linked by Tonya Davis-Stinson, the back of her neck doesn’t looks grey.

  70. debbie says:

    In the second photo her gloves are cream therefore she is wearing grey/white clothes and painted her face grey.

  71. Jeff says:

    If you’re interested in how it’s done, see http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/12/30/desaturated-santa-claus-costume/.

    It’s exactly what you’d expect.

    I really have no idea what looking at limbs will do, other than she appears to be wearing gloves.

  72. Rob says:

    This is amazing. She desaturated herself to make herself appear black and white in the real world.

    Go Santacon!

  73. Geo says:

    Not her limbs his. His left leg is unusually darkened plus she doesn’t cast a shadow.

  74. SteveRiese says:

    This is one of your best postings to date! Very interesting and very different. The links to the video and other pictures make this even better.

    Good mis-direction with the “concentrate on the limbs” comment, too. I thought her left sleeve looked collapsed and maybe she had an artificial limb.

  75. t says:

    Cute and funny. Plus I found Waldo right away!

  76. Akael Alias says:

    good illusion

  77. Davor says:

    I only get it after seeing the other links the people have provided.

    “Looking at the limbs” is worthless, or I am blind. Since alot of people commenting on it, I don’t think I am alone. The clue is bad.

    So please tell me, what looking at the limbs is suppose to me?

    I finally get it, only after reading the other links provided. Thanks people for providing those limbs.

  78. Takehiro Fujii says:

    Not Photshopped?

  79. Whoa says:

    It is a mannequin! A figure. Made of plastic. You can tell by the hands :)

  80. jay says:

    A black and white santa…

  81. zahid says:

    I think it is really simple she wore a gray suit and cap, an appropriate wig AND a FACE MASK. The clue to the limbs were to makes us look at her HAND, which she forgot to deliberately chose not to make gray, am i right?

  82. zahid says:

    I think it is really simple, she wore a gray suit and cap, an appropriate wig AND a FACE MASK. The clue to the limbs was to makes us look at her HAND, which she forgot to or deliberately chose not to make gray, am I right?

  83. Jane says:

    Hey, I think I can see, she wears gloves are not really white, are as bleached, so it looks a little yellowish.

  84. Grace says:

    I was like “Limbs, limbs, WTF! She doesnt have hands!!!!

  85. Mr.Chicken Wing says:

    everyone look at the second picture and look at the girls hand, ITS NOT REAL! PROOF!!!!

  86. Dan says:

    What is the illusion?

  87. Steven says:

    I love how people just think they know 100 percent whats going on all the time. If you dont know, just say you dont know. To say she’s not real and actually mean that is ridiculous. Click the links and see how the guy created the costume. Give props where props are due. It fooled you fools. A mannequin? lol. wow.

  88. Alysha says:

    its weird :)

  89. sMARTaSS says:

    In the first pic, you can see her cap beh9nd her head.

  90. tot says:

    she has gloves on because the grey pint would smear off and the gloves are not a grey color

  91. Bruce Gomes says:

    I had no idea what the illusion was suppose to be until I read through the comments.

    FYI… I… am… color… blind.

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