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By on April 17, 2007, with 148 Comments

Adam Cline found another audio illusion for me to put on the site. I tried serving it through Google Mail podcast player, but it didn’t work. This audio illusion works in a same way as holophonic matchbox mp3s. Visit our audio illusions category for more cool illusionary mp3s. Don’t forget to hear Shepard’s Paradox, and be sure to check your hearing at “Ringtone audible only to under 20 year olds“. Oh, I almost forgot to mention:

This effect works best if you put on your headphones on. Download and listen to the Virtual Haircut mp3.

  • Shauzia

    Cool!!! Love it!!! This site rocks!!!!

  • Baller77

    Can you post the link Shauzia

  • Anonymous

    that was so freaking awesome!

  • Rifton

    Wow, that effect was amazin’

  • Anonymous

    OMG that was the greatest audio illusion that I’ve ever heard!

    The part where he whispers in your ear is creepy. It seemed like I could feel his breath in my ear or something. And when he was clipping my hair I could feel it standing on end. EEK. Creepy!

  • Haha951

    Wow, that was an awesome illusion. I had just listened to all the other audio illusions yesterday, so this ruled!!!

  • Kristin

    that is CRAZY. my bf can’t go to barbers because the buzzer by his ears makes him all jumpy – i should make him listen to this :) way cool!

  • Anonymous

    i could feel goosebumps on my head with the scissors part

  • Rachel

    That was very, very cool. I think I have goosebumps!

    None of the links worked for me, so I just went to i-am-bored.com like it said in the description of the illusion, and type “virtual haircit” in the search bar. It was the first result that came up.

  • …dana!

    I did the same as rachel.

    I LOVED it. Definitely one of my favorites!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    that was so cool!!!! i used my computer for the first half and earphones for the rest.defidently better with the earphones….. that was so cool.and when he whispered in your ear! i was so creeped out. thanks for the cool illusion

  • Vandigo

    I found myself looking around to try and find the people . . .>.>

  • Luke

    OMG that was crazy i closed my eyes and it flet like you where in a barber shop like when he snaps his fingers and the wishper just freaked me out completly that was CRAZY.

  • K™

    I Felt Like They Were Cutting My Hair!!! The guy Who Whispered Sounded Creepy Though…..

  • whig

    Check out Odeo for an embeddable MP3 play you can use on your blog.

  • J-Sharpie

    What does he say at the end? Setera? how do you spell it?

  • Anonymous

    It’s a great recording but this seems to push the envelope on the concept of “optical illusion”. In fact I am not sure there’s an “aural illusion” at work here. Sorry – not one of the best.

  • AK

    OMG PROBABLY THE BEST ILLUSION ON THIS SITE, and thats saying something

  • Eulif Davis

    OMG, I’ve heard audio virtualization before, but that was the best I’ve ever heard! Using 2 microphones was pure genius to get the proper effect. I’ll be running off to listen to the rest of your audio illusions! =D

  • alcstarheel

    I went to i-am-bored.com as Rachel did. That was sweet! Only problem I had, don’t know if anyone else did, was when he said either left or right, he was on the cuing the opposite ear. But that whisper made me open my eyes and look to the right to see if anyone was there lol

  • Anonymous

    I put this up on my site for you. I’ll have to listen to it when I have time! It is here:

  • Chris K

    use 1asphost.com, its free :D

    thats so freaky, it felt so real!

  • Chris K

    aand.. WTF?!? the guy in the picture is a dentist! rofl

  • Thrife

    woow!!! this is awesome!!! where can i find more of this??? i want more X3

  • Baller77

    That was stupid and unrealistic
    The least scary part was when he whispered in your ear
    No, im just kidding
    that was fucking awsome

  • Eshita

    WOW WOW WOW!! This is awesome! So Real! Specially the whisper!

  • alex_can_fly

    Wow! I love this! I live in England near newcastle (north easty bit) and ive known about this for at least a year! didnt think it really classed as an illusion…still great though

  • Anonymous

    I could literally feel his breath on my ear!!!

  • Tom

    Is this a binaural recording? Pearl Jam recorded one of their albums using this method.

  • Anonymous

    That was absolutely amazing…does anyone know where you can find other files similar to it?

  • Anonymous

    That was so awsome!!!!!!! but the guy who wispered scared me :*(

  • Steen

    Very Cool – I kept looking around for the guy… hehe

    and THANKS for finally killing “1st post” loosers :)

  • 33rd or so comment?

    HOLY CARP!!!!!!!!!!!! that was so cool!! Love the website btw…

  • Anonymous

    WOW, I have surround sound DJ headphones, and It was like that dude was totally next to me. HOly shit, that was amazing! GREAT JOB

  • Robert

    Very cool!!! It works even better if you close your eyes while listening with headphones.

  • Anonymous

    wow that was pretty cool, though i dont quite see how its an illusion.

  • Anonymous

    AAAAAAAAA PEOPLE!!! PEOPLE!!! Where can I find more of this Virtual Illusions

  • Anonymous

    i hate the bag!!! it feels horrible! if you close your eyes it makes thing sooooo much better but it is amazing anyway :D

  • x-kate_eya-x

    That was so freaky!
    I didnt know it had started at first and kept looking round for people!
    And when he put the bag on your head it felt so real!!!
    Love ittt!

    Kate <3

  • Anonymous

    very good, a friend let me listen to this a while back on his phone and I loved it. Been looking for a copy of my own for a while lol.

    I’d say it’s an illusion because although the audio source is stationary (if your using headphones they dont walk about the room do they?) your brain is making you think that someone is walking about the room and cutting different areas of your hair.

    Very clever indeed :)

  • Tiarnan

    O_o omg so real, what does he whisper in2 ur ear at the end? so great i think that i have a virtual haircut in a REAL barber shop lol O_O >_< so annoyed that i think its virtual in a real barber shop im scared that he/she will put a bag over my head lol

  • AWS_SK83R

    this really plays with your mind, i think becuase youre hearing all of that, your brain wants to believe its really happening! what i mean is like
    in link 2 when luigi but the bag over my head, i could actually feels something touching me, and when the people were walking around behind me i couldve sworn i saw shadows along with it…i think becuase your hearing all of that, your other senses are adapting to it so it makes it fell like its actually happening

  • Anonymous

    amazin!!!! sit in dark room WHEN YOUR RIGHT OFF IT ON CHARLIE OR RUKKAS but do not open your eyes at any moment in time till its finished!!! haha cant be explained in words


  • cathalina09

    that is so cool!!! huwaw!!.

    anyone here knows where i can find illusions like this??..

  • Anonymous

    Cetera from Starkey Labs, Inc.
    The software used for this illusion

  • Anonymous

    did you notice that when you wear the headphones on the wrong ears the effect also changes, then your right is suddenly your left.

  • Anonymous

    the effect works best if you close your eyes and lay back ;p

  • Anonymous

    So this is an “audio illusion?”

    I thought it was called “stereo recording.”


  • Anonymous

    Wow, I kept having to look behind to make sure there wasn’t a man behind me!

  • Anonymous

    AHAHA I LOVED IT and when he whispered AWESOME and i was shivering and laughing the whole time

  • chicoboy

    To poster # 48, yes, it is a “stereo” or binaural recording and is made by putting 2 microphones in a dummy head to create the acoustics and whatnot. Also, shut up. There’s no need to be such a sarcastic killjoy. Stuff like this may not technically be an illusion but people have every right to be impressed with it as most folk don’t hear stuff like this through their headphones often so let them have fun with it and kindly keep your “whoopie” to yourself. thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS! it is sooo creepy the way he whispers in your ear and the first time i listened to this i thought somebody walked in my house when the door opens in the beginning

    i downloaded it onto my mp3 player it’s so cool!

  • GOPI

    Really Fantastic….

  • Anonymous

    this is fokin´ awesome!!!

    this site is perfect! :)

  • Anonymous

    the code dont say the same my code was 3972

  • Anonymous

    nice…. very nice

  • Sérgio Viana

    Where can we find more sound files like this one?

    I’ve been searching but i got nothing :S

    i tried looking for audio illusion, holophonic and binaural recording


  • Billy

    That was awesome! I got scared when Luigi whispered “Setera” in my ear.

    • WOW!

      Wow me too! Freaky when the plastic bag went over my head!

  • Anonymous

    That was sweet!! It was like i was getting my haircut without actually getting my haircut. When he whispered at the end i was a bit jumpy from how realistic it was.

  • Anonymous

    i heard it befor but its still good!

  • Satya

    Amazing.. I felt like I had a real haircut!!

  • Anonymous

    @23, it’s a Barber, he’s giving the dude a shave :P.

  • Anonymous

    I jumped when the electric sheers came closer to my ear lol

  • Anonymous

    No one in their right mind would snip hair that fast…

    That’s the only problem I had with believing it, they snips were far too quick. Other than that, great foley work!

  • Anonymous

    oh god, when he whispered in my ear, i jumped. SCARY! lol

  • Anonymous

    That was just sweet!

    Sounded perfect on my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Headphones.

  • Sane Person

    wow!!! it sounds so real…

    i listened to it when i was home alone and it was soooo scary and creepy…

    my advice… dont listen to it when you’re home alone…

  • SoopaMuddle

    That Was Totally Excellent… Never heard Of Anythin’ Like That Before… Felt Like The Bag Was Over My Head For Real… Serious Goosebumps!! lololol



  • jono!

    dat woz fuckin awesome man i hav had it …at least…4 times.its a shame its not real!

  • deadbeat

    guys guys,4 d0s who gets high,u g0ta try it aftr d0in sum g0od weEd man,its frkin awes0m,its lyk realy REALY awes0m,da clipin n d raz0r part 2.i nearly fEl owta ma chair wen d bastard whisperd dat thng in ur ear.haha,try it guys

  • miss.amiee4eva

    OMFG…wen i first heard him talking to u i actually kinda screamed coz i thought he was acutally in my house!!!
    wen he shaves ur hair it felt so real that i actually touched my head to make sure it was shaved.i actually did that bcoz my aunty who knew nothing about this said “oh look! amy’s hair disappeared. i later fouund out that my sis’s boyfriend had actually told her to say that!!
    u ppl should realy try this!!
    5 stars

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  • Vish

    Fuck….that was the fist reaction when that bastard whispered in my ear so creepily…
    amazing and beautiful effect of sound recording most hear…

  • Manju grace

    uhh…how such a daring thing cud happen to my ..ears…the whisper..in my ear taking my nerves…and the ..plastic…dum…awesome..man..

  • Ashish

    The “Virtual Haircut” is really a very very nice and fine piece of art!!! Keep it up!! :)

  • Ian

    when he whispered in my ear I could feel him brathing on me!

    soo scary but awsome!

  • Ollie

    SETERA! omg scary

  • Nabeel Khan

    thanks for the download mp3!! :) i heard it before but wanted to download for my friends :)

  • Nabeel Khan

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  • Julie

    :O This is amazing if you listen with head phones and shut your eyes in a dark place it really makes it sound real all of my friends have tryed it even me and it is soo cool when its done you even cheak your hair because it sound so real just brilliant

  • Jamodawg

    Scares me when he puts the bag on me.

  • Mohannad

    Magnificent !!

    I liked it so much


  • Charlie

    Whoever made this should REALLY make another one.

  • qwertyuiop

    the whisper is so creepy!
    and the bag is quite scary too

  • Someone

    the conversation is very funny

  • http://www.binauralbeat.info binaural beats

    I had a listen to this haircut dealeo without any information before hand. Just “listen to this”. So you can scratch out the power of suggestion in my case. Some people may be more inclined to say “this is sweet” if they have been told it is, the power of suggestion always operates to a different degree with different people. However, I was wowed by my trip to the “virtual barber” based purely on my experience there. Pretty neato!

    If you heard some slightly fancier stereo, then you did hear something different. That difference may leave a bigger impression on some people than others for any number of reasons. If something is hyped up, I know I will have a tendancy to dismiss it as no big deal before even experiencing it, in most circumstances anyway. It’s part of my conditioned reaction to things that are hyped up. That may be a little of what is going on for some people.

    And hey, if you don’t hear anything worth fussing over, then that’s just how it is.

    Did I mention it was awesome? ;)

  • M

    This really freaked me out.

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  • jakate

    super awseome really cool i feel like shoutung dont cut ma hair heheeh lolz

  • Esteban Serrano

    MOI hasn’t posted any new audio illusions in awhile… they are awesome

  • prasad

    Elaa Elaaa……. wow max……

  • Shelbers

    Creeped me out….

  • Random

    I’ve never been so freaked out before. Holy fu…

  • Omkar

    Really fantastic and mind blowing…

  • sourabh

    Its awesome yr!..superb keep it up(‘-‘)

  • Grace

    i got a nice haircut! :)

  • Anonymous

    What is the name of the algorithm?

  • isabella

    OMG… I always scream when he whispers in my ear. Seems like he is by my side. :O

  • M

    i’m not getting it =( can someone help me out?

    • Rouxhan

      You must listen it with earphones

  • Ava

    ahh thats sooo creepy =(

  • Molly

    OMG!!! It felt like I was actually in there!!! SO SCARY!!!! XD

  • mrscorcher1

    its better if you close ur eyes

  • Ryan

    Can someone explain what the illusion is here? To me it just seems as if the audio is being panned from one speaker to another. Is the panning itself some sort of illusion?

    • jordan

      if you close your eyes and use headphones it sounds like you are there

    • http://ibq3.webnode.com/judys-profile/ IBQ: Judy

      Idiot you need HEADPHONES

  • Megan

    Wow!! This is amazing! The part where he whispered and the part where he put the bag over my head was so creepy, cause it sounded so real!
    Do this but with your eyes closed, and wear headphones!

  • Imtiaz

    Just simply owsome :)

  • coady

    its cool because where my computer is they seemed to actually walk through my house except when he washed his hands

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2009/07/hunter-and-his-pray-illusion.html Cookie Monster

    I well creeped out when he put the electric reazor to my ear and when he out the bag over my head!!! =)

  • http://kiwigurl13.wordpress.com Emily

    So awesome!!!
    Really addicting!!

    • sindy006618

      i know i cant stop listening to it!! my friend started screaming when she listened to it all because it was a joke and we really were cutting off all of her hair lol!!!

    • sindy006618

      she thought we cut off her hairbut we didnt just wanted to clarify that

  • sareen

    oh .i feel very creepy

  • golu

    So good

  • snehal

    wow amazin!!!
    i was so scared when he started cuttin hairs…
    it seems to b real…

  • Jesenia

    Tris Sony work

  • http://premiumnewaccounts.blogspot.com enc0d3r

    upload something similar to virtual barber shop

  • http://premiumnewaccounts.blogspot.com enc0d3r

    this one really Awesome

  • Bloog

    Its awesome!! i got goosebumps all over my body!!!

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  • Dilu_BGR

    Really really Mind blowing sound. we enjoyed mostly

  • http://abisso.net84.net/ Abisso

    Oh, what a wonderful experience! So realistic to the point to be almost scary… plastic bag on the head… whoa!

  • saravanan

    where can i download this mp3

  • Sijo

    This is marvelous..,,,really freaking …omg…its wonderful…just listened n nokia n8 with sterio headphones !!

  • Helen

    OOOOH my gosh! That felt soo real!!!

  • purnendu

    incredible …..i

  • Etalihina

    It makes me shiver and it actually tickles when the razor is ‘moving around my head’ Wow…

  • Vishal

    its really awsome but anyone can tell me, tht in t end he was telling about Digital algorithm “Zatara” …. what does it means ??
    can u plz tell me …

    • Tommy G Starfire

      Cetera is a magic word, when you hear it you will be

  • http://facebook.com eimiymgwa

    like this!

  • sophie

    omg that is soo wierd! i felt like i needed to check my hair was still there after hed finished, and he scared the hell out of me when he whispered in my ear! i thought someone was really there!

  • Sijo Varghese

    Awesome…….cool illusion

  • ovais khan

    i like most to listen haircut of barber shop.

  • http://bet.com Damian

    I have been fascinated by stereo, and panning effects every since discovered FM radio as a child.
    My world forever changed.
    Now that I am an adult music producer, I still work panning effects into my music wherever possible and try to give my listener an added treat in their ears. Especially when they have on headphones.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this.
    The ‘whisper’ in the left ear and the ‘bag over the head’ parts were my favorites.

  • kishan

    I u

  • Taylor

    Creepy but cool!

  • Hatson

    Well, I wasn’t expecting that to work as well as it did, but well done. Also, the part where Luigi puts the plastic bag over your head freaked me out a bit.

  • Brian Schmidt

    The company that created this audio is called QSound Labs.
    Their technology is in a new 3D audio game for iPhone and iPad called Ear Monsters (http://www.EarGames.com)

  • chandu

    this freeked me out .. it was really an amazing experience .. i just loved to hear again and again .. soo cool and awsme.

  • Red

    My heart almost skipped a beat when he put the bag on my head. I actually forgot I was listening to that and started looking around to see who’s talking. I jumped when the drawer was closed…

  • Tommy G Starfire

    Starkey’s Cetera technology is based on an innovative new algorithm- the complex mathematical formula that drives a hearing aid. Cetera’s algorithm can match the exact characteristics of the wearer’s ear. This customization removes the barrier that most hearing aids erect between the incoming sound waves and the data sent to the brain for processing. Joking, its a magic word. really..

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  • MMM

    They should make a dentist next…

  • cv venkatesan

    friends i got it the website to download this audio :)

  • Ashish Shah

    It’s marvellous
    I love it.
    I had naver heard berore.