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By on February 9, 2012, with 24 Comments

The Warping Cushion Effect is yet another optical illusion that proves how selected patterns are able to distort the reality we perceive. Just look at the diagonal lines below! Even though they are perfectly straight and parallel, as well as the rectangles they form intersecting, something obviously doesn’t seem right. The warping effect that makes the lines misbehave prevents us from seeing the picture in its true nature. But what is responsible for such an amazing effect? Is it the stripes, their color and alignment? What would you say has the strongest impact? Shoot!

Warping Cushion Effect


24 Responses
  1. Joe says:

    No one aspect of the picture alone has a strong effect on the distortion, rather, every part of it works together to produece the over all effect.

  2. Care Bear says:

    I’m warped enough thank you.

  3. NeeL says:

    My mind makes me think the black striped squares are in front of a gray striped background. Nice trick, but it results in so much more:

    This eases the focus, which makes my eyes shift images: that thing you need to do to see 3D images, seeing black striped square #1 with the left eye and black striped square #2 with the right eye, thinking it is the same square.
    This makes the whole image closer then it is: I tried to touch it with my finger, but poked through it before I hit my screen.

    Most coolest effect!

    This need to be printed on a large wall and with a few beers you can get lost in it! :D

  4. Kathleen says:

    Also the lines quiver as your eyes run over the picture. I would go insane if I had that Cushion on my couch.

  5. Florian says:

    I find that it also shows grey and black, yet if I look at closely all vertical lines are black, When i scan the image up and down, I get a curly cue at the diamond intersections.


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  7. plmethvin says:

    doesn’t give an effect at all, in my opinion.

  8. Phaeton99 says:

    Oddly, this one only works if I don’t look straight at it.

  9. Cindy says:

    If you look at it as thought it were a “Magic Eye” puzzle, the effect disappears. Interesting.

  10. Shaun says:

    whoa, this one messed with my head, got stuck in a trance….

  11. Nelson says:

    Try looking about 3 or 4 inches to the outside of the picture and it get’s pretty wiggy!!!

  12. Scott says:

    For me, the warping alternately appears and goes away.

    Interesting, though, is that if I focus on one diamond where the black/white is in a certain phase, the surrounding diamonds with the opposite phase appear to “vibrate” or “flicker”. I wonder if this is a true illusion or if it’s an artifact of CRT scanning (or scan frequency flicker)?

    Nice one.

  13. Kimmo says:

    Awk, almost makes my eyes water ;)
    It’s all right (?) as long as I can watch at one point, but when eyes wonder around the gray striped parts seem to be behind the black striped ones.
    Would make very interesting and disturbing wall paper :)

  14. Juergen says:

    I guess, that the little triangles at the crossings cause the effect. It is, because they disturb the stripes in some special difference.

  15. Nanyi says:

    It makes me dizzy…

  16. Larry Lix says:

    The high contrst black and white makes the distortion more pronounced. Take any factor away and the whole illusion won’t work so….

  17. Lana says:

    BTW, there is another interesting effect, apart from warping the lines.
    If you stare in the middle of any rectangle for 2-5 seconds, the stripes in the rest of the rectangles form square labyrinths.

  18. Gunjan Dixit says:

    Besides the warping effect, it also gives a stereogram effect.

  19. spelling corrector says:

    not produece

  20. erin8ball says:

    it’s the sripe colors

  21. bob says:

    i don’t see any thing !!!!

  22. Michael says:

    i dont see anything, is it because of my astigmatism?

  23. Dillon says:

    if u scroll down slowly while looking at the picture the diamonds appear to move but the background doesnt. REALY cool!

  24. Aeloua says:

    if you move your eyes really fast around the picture, you can see interlocking ‘spirals’

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