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By on July 24, 2008, with 44 Comments

Probably triggered by recent articles: spinning girl and spinning man, one of our visitors named Daniel, submitted this photo and named it The Water Man. I believe Daniel also saw one of our previous billboard illusions titled “The Water Full of life“, and wanted to provide similar, masculine version. Previous (feminine) illusion was very similar in it’s nature, and pictured a water shape of a woman with her arms spread wide in the air. I don’t think I need to point where the illusion hides, but would like to let Daniel describe how his photo was born: “Hi, now that the Olympics are very close, you might consider this picture for your blog. I took it few days ago on a Golf Club near Karlsruhe in Germany. First time when I saw it it, it looked like there was a man bowling! Regards, Daniel”. Can you see the same thing? Remember, this is a photo of a water tap, not frozen ice like I first presumed.

The Water Man Illusion


44 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    The man is bowling with a human skull!

  2. Ally says:

    I don’t exactly see the whole picture, but i see the basic shape of a guy bowling…it does looks a lot like ice o___o
    is it just me or is the water like…splitting in half…?
    kind of weird, but cool.
    uhhm, first comment? (maybe.) :D

  3. John TKG says:

    Wow that’s a good one. At first i thought it was a male figure with abstract proportion. But now i can see the man bowling despite his terrible bowling posture.

  4. Anonymous says:

    woah, you can see the mans head nearer to the bottom. Saw it right away

  5. Eva says:

    That is one nice illusion, specially since its from a water tap.

  6. shiwa says:

    nice illusion :D

  7. Anonymous says:

    Great photograph!! I should brag that I got first post, because there are currently no posts. But then I would look like a moron when someone posted earlier in the day and their comment hasn’t gotten approved.

  8. Rems says:

    Maybe i’m blind, but i cannot see any man in this picture/illusion…

  9. P-entertainment says:

    Pretty cool, especially if it’s real ;) Anyway, Mighty Magic Tricks should be restored. As I’ve said before. If you need someone to run it I will, I already have a lot of tricks which would fit the site :D

  10. tonyg says:

    blah, keep it real mighty illusions, come on now

  11. Anonymous says:

    Really disapointing. Not even close.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Cool! If it’s not photoshopped it is even more cool!

  13. Francisco says:

    Hmmm….A water man. I sure hope there aren’t any in my water!

  14. Kevin says:

    Thats so cool….ok, kinda cool.

  15. Amanda says:

    Is this one of those capri sun commercials?

  16. Jackie says:

    Looks like someone dribbling a basketball

  17. Anonymous says:


  18. seanki says:

    1st comment and that is cool!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love these, thank you Daniel. I am confused though, you state that YOU took this photo at a golf course and then you state it is not frozen ice like I first presumed. If you took the photo, wouldn’t you know it was water and not ice?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Very nice!

  21. lisa in LNK says:

    This is really neat.

  22. Anonymous says:

    1st !! yay love the illusion

  23. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    unlike it’s feminine version , this one is 100% photoshopped

  24. Vince Ste. Marie says:


    Kind of scary, the way the face looks….

  25. i says:

    1st comment?

    anyway….thats so cool!!

  26. Anonymous says:

    this is not even an illusion. its aubviously photoshopped.p.s. misspelled. p.p.s.1st comment?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Cool! I wonder how he got it to be clear when it was out of a water tap . . .

  28. Anonymous says:

    First comment? Cool this is awesome but i think it’s photo shop

  29. Anonymous says:

    i think i c it lolz

  30. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that’s very cool. If it’s not photoshopped at all like the story suggests), then colour me impressed!
    - Tim

  31. B-Jones says:

    First!!!!!!!!! Anyways…does anyone else see a face of a man smiling really big? It kind of looks like a mask…its right below the “arm” …I guess where the “legs” would be. I don’t know, maybe I’m just seeing things…but I definately see a face.

  32. Martin says:

    I see it. It’s pretty good.

  33. RaMpaNTe says:

    Well… I’m not sure… this kind of water effects can be done easily in Photoshop if you know how to use it.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I see two, I see an outline of a person in a cloak, and then the one they want you to see.

    I like this one.

  35. Spegeler says:

    what??? I don’t see any man at all…

  36. Anonymous says:

    1st post pretty cool photoshop though.

  37. agagilliland says:

    i love trenton jones

  38. Anonymous says:

    how the hell?
    first post

  39. Philip says:

    Great imagination! I can see the man bowling near the bottom. Wow!

  40. joey says:

    at first i thought it was gonna be one of those illusions where you can’t tell if the water comes towards you or goes away..
    two in one!

  41. Anonymous says:

    great picture!!! The right time, in the right place.

  42. RAngaaa says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but i saw a penis. LOL!

  43. JMAN12 says:

    That hardly resembles the shape of any human I’ve seen since Shaun of the dead!!!

  44. paul olivier says:

    I have a photo I took a few months ago of a rainbow while driving and checking it the other day(low and behold)I noticed several unidentified flying objects.I noticed your site on bb applications and am wondering if this photo would be of any interest to you.I was thinking of having it published in a local paper but I’m sure many folk won’t even recognise the objects or see the optical illusion for what I think it can only be otherwise my only other explanation is that threr are several flying objects very low and obviosly visible to many roadusers on this specific day.

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