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Virtual Haircut Audio Illusion MP3Adam 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.


148 Responses
  1. Shauzia says:

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

  2. Baller77 says:

    Can you post the link Shauzia

  3. Anonymous says:

    that was so freaking awesome!

  4. Rifton says:

    Wow, that effect was amazin’

  5. Anonymous says:

    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!

  6. Haha951 says:

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

  7. Kristin says:

    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!

  8. Anonymous says:

    i could feel goosebumps on my head with the scissors part

  9. Rachel says:

    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.

  10. ...dana! says:

    I did the same as rachel.

    I LOVED it. Definitely one of my favorites!

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Anonymous says:

    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

  12. Vandigo says:

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

  13. Luke says:

    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.

  14. K™ says:

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

  15. whig says:

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

  16. J-Sharpie says:

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

  17. Anonymous says:

    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.

  18. AK says:

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

  19. Eulif Davis says:

    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

  20. alcstarheel says:

    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

  21. Anonymous says:

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

  22. Chris K says:

    use 1asphost.com, its free :D

    thats so freaky, it felt so real!

  23. Chris K says:

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

  24. Thrife says:

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

  25. Baller77 says:

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

  26. Eshita says:

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

  27. alex_can_fly says:

    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

  28. Anonymous says:

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

  29. Tom says:

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

  30. Anonymous says:

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

  31. Anonymous says:

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

  32. Steen says:

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

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

  33. 33rd or so comment? says:

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

  34. Anonymous says:

    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

  35. Robert says:

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

  36. Anonymous says:

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

  37. Anonymous says:

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

  38. Anonymous says:

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

  39. x-kate_eya-x says:

    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

  40. Anonymous says:

    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 :)

  41. Tiarnan says:

    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

  42. AWS_SK83R says:

    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

  43. Anonymous says:

    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


  44. cathalina09 says:

    that is so cool!!! huwaw!!.

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

  45. Anonymous says:

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

  46. Anonymous says:

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

  47. Anonymous says:

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

  48. Anonymous says:

    So this is an “audio illusion?”

    I thought it was called “stereo recording.”


  49. Anonymous says:

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

  50. Anonymous says:

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

  51. chicoboy says:

    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.

  52. Anonymous says:

    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!

  53. GOPI says:

    Really Fantastic….

  54. Anonymous says:

    this is fokin´ awesome!!!

    this site is perfect! :)

  55. Anonymous says:

    the code dont say the same my code was 3972

  56. Anonymous says:

    nice…. very nice

  57. Sérgio Viana says:

    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


  58. Billy says:

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

  59. Anonymous says:

    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.

  60. Anonymous says:

    i heard it befor but its still good!

  61. Satya says:

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

  62. Anonymous says:

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

  63. Anonymous says:

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

  64. Anonymous says:

    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!

  65. Anonymous says:

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

  66. Anonymous says:

    That was just sweet!

    Sounded perfect on my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Headphones.

  67. Sane Person says:

    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…

  68. SoopaMuddle says:

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

  69. VOLTAGE34 says:


  70. jono! says:

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

  71. deadbeat says:

    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

  72. miss.amiee4eva says:

    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

  73. Vish says:

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

  74. Manju grace says:

    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..

  75. Ashish says:

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

  76. Ian says:

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

    soo scary but awsome!

  77. Ollie says:

    SETERA! omg scary

  78. Nabeel Khan says:

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

  79. Nabeel Khan says:

    i run a wp blog too(em a webdeveloper/programmer) and will like to suggest that you add the “wp thread comment” it makes the comments appear in a hierarchic order and the users can reply to individual comments too :)

  80. Julie says:

    :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

  81. Jamodawg says:

    Scares me when he puts the bag on me.

  82. Mohannad says:

    Magnificent !!

    I liked it so much


  83. Charlie says:

    Whoever made this should REALLY make another one.

  84. qwertyuiop says:

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

  85. Someone says:

    the conversation is very funny

  86. 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? ;)

  87. M says:

    This really freaked me out.

  88. Daaaaaaaaaaaaave says:


  89. jakate says:

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

  90. Esteban Serrano says:

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

  91. prasad says:

    Elaa Elaaa……. wow max……

  92. Shelbers says:

    Creeped me out….

  93. Random says:

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

  94. Omkar says:

    Really fantastic and mind blowing…

  95. sourabh says:

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

  96. Grace says:

    i got a nice haircut! :)

  97. Anonymous says:

    What is the name of the algorithm?

  98. isabella says:

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

  99. M says:

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

  100. Ava says:

    ahh thats sooo creepy =(

  101. Molly says:

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

  102. mrscorcher1 says:

    its better if you close ur eyes

  103. Ryan says:

    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?

  104. Megan says:

    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!

  105. Imtiaz says:

    Just simply owsome :)

  106. coady says:

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

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

  108. Emily says:

    So awesome!!!
    Really addicting!!

    • sindy006618 says:

      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 says:

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

  109. sareen says:

    oh .i feel very creepy

  110. snehal says:

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

  111. Jesenia says:

    Tris Sony work

  112. enc0d3r says:

    upload something similar to virtual barber shop

  113. enc0d3r says:

    this one really Awesome

  114. Bloog says:

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

  115. nobody says:


  116. Dilu_BGR says:

    Really really Mind blowing sound. we enjoyed mostly

  117. Abisso says:

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

  118. saravanan says:

    where can i download this mp3

  119. Sijo says:

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

  120. Helen says:

    OOOOH my gosh! That felt soo real!!!

  121. purnendu says:

    incredible …..i

  122. Etalihina says:

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

  123. Vishal says:

    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 …

  124. sophie says:

    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!

  125. Sijo Varghese says:

    Awesome…….cool illusion

  126. ovais khan says:

    i like most to listen haircut of barber shop.

  127. Damian says:

    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.

  128. Taylor says:

    Creepy but cool!

  129. Hatson says:

    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.

  130. Brian Schmidt says:

    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)

  131. chandu says:

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

  132. Red says:

    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…

  133. Tommy G Starfire says:

    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..

  134. Hanna says:


  135. MMM says:

    They should make a dentist next…

  136. cv venkatesan says:

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

  137. Ashish Shah says:

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

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