Vintage Santa Claus Illusion

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.


114 Replies to “Vintage Santa Claus Illusion”

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

    nice illusion :)

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

  8. 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. :)

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

  10. 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?

    1. Dude, you really need to get out more. I know it’s a given geeks are virgins and all but at least peek at the adult sites.

    1. I think the photo isn’t photoshoped at all, I think the gray santa is dressed all in gray and black, and wears make up. Really very nicely done, and a cool idea at that.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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………

  15. 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.

    1. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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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