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By on March 12, 2006, with 78 Comments

Which way is the wheel turning!? Focus on the red dots and follow them round… it appears to be rotating anti-clockwise. However, if you follow the yellow dots round instead, the whole wheel will be turning the other way! – clockwise!


  • Boris

    holy fuck thats weird

    • flower424

      they are both goin in the same direction it just changes its direction

  • Confuzled

    It’s roatating counter-clockwise

    • Private

      The wheel itself is not really spinning. It just moves clockwise for half the distance between a spoke. The moving red and yellow dots are confusing you. Put your hand on half of the wheel and you’ll see what I mean.

  • ihope

    I’m guessing that every other frame shows the wheel itself in the same position, so one could say it’s moving clockwise just as much as counter-clockwise.

    • James

      I love how many comments there are after yours trying to; shall we say “debunk” this illusion.

      Because you sussed it early :)

      The wheel itself is flicking half the distance between the centres of the spokes on the wheel ,the direction is impossible to tell, it may have no direction at all and just be moving back and forward each frame. Try using your hands to narrow the view to only a section of the wheel where neither red or yellow dots are visible. The power of mind can make it appear that they move anti clockwise, clockwise, or just back and forward.

      The dots however are not moving at half centres. They have a set direction because they flick 3-4 times to reach the position of the one that was just infront of it.

      It’s not easy to explain, but focusing on the dots that actually have set direction make the wheel seem as though it has one.

  • Donovf

    Anti-clockwise

  • freakedout

    stop messing with my mind

  • georgina

    the red dots are rotating the opposite way to the yellow dots

  • surfingnotworking

    i like this one. as you focus on the yellow or red dots for a few seconds, they seem to change direction.

  • caff

    DUUUUUUDE!!!!!!

  • babyapple

    they ARE going in opposite directions…lets say if the red dots are sumhow connected to the triangle thingy..follow one of the red dots with the trangle..notice how one moment a yellow dot’s on the triangle n the next its not there

  • Jokken

    The wheel shifts to the left for a fraction, then to the right.

  • Squiggy

    AAAH! That’s just crazy… how on EARTH does it work???

  • Chris

    there are actually 2 wheels shown

    if you follow one “peg” w/ red on top, the yellow in it alternates every other

  • RiniSan

    *hiccup* er… I’m getting dizzy..

  • RaiderX

    thats cool, its rotating counter-clockwise and the red dots are just rotatin opposite

  • lestat

    the red dots are rotating differently from the yellow dots, red are rotating counter-clockwise and the the yellow dots and on the wheel are rotating clockwise… what the hell, it’s just a gif file, that’s what it is… good though.

  • Donkey

    Follow the red dots, then the yellow dots. Then quickly look to the “V2″ in the middle and the whole wheel “explodes” (as in gets heaps bigger real quick). But only for a split second.

  • Hai

    they’re actually rotating towards the opposite directions of each other

  • Tony

    There rotating the same way, just at different speeds.

  • jug

    the red ones are mving counter the yellow moving clockwise and the wheel is not moving not that hard you retards!

  • Dookie

    The red dots are moving all by ‘emselves, and they are not keeping up with the wheel.

  • niki

    if you look from the red dots to the yellow ones really fast it looks like the whole wheel shifts!

  • niki

    oh, and i have an image viewer called well ‘preview’ that let’s you see movies frame by frame. Anyway it says it just four images repeated over and over again. looking at that I can see that the wheel spokes (or the brown lines) do move as well as the dots. I incourage all mac users to try looking at this!

  • sam

    other way around the yellow dots are seperate i think

  • mongo

    u just don’t see it, it IS going both ways theoretically. even the spokes are going both ways.

  • KRISHNA BAALU

    EXCELLENT MARVELOUS ! indeed

  • M 2 the H O

    its not movin in any direction!
    its 2 or 3 direrent pics changing.
    the first pic has just a pic of the illusion the second has all the stokes inbetween the last ones, but when you put them together it looks like its spining

  • M 2 the H O

    actually, if you follow a stoke with a red dot outside it, youll notice that the yellow dot on that stoke flashes on and off!

  • if u stare at the V2 in the middle you will notice that the wheel is going anit-clockwise

  • shado.za

    Actually, i think all of you are wrong.It might have something to do with this:
    Ever watched the wheels on a car on TV?
    As the car accelerates, the spokes on the wheel appear to move in the direction of travel.As the car carries on accelerating, it appears the spokes slow down, stop, and start rotating in the other direction!
    While this maybe cos of frame rates, i believe the same effect is happening here, altho on a subliminal level…

  • Nachos Yummy

    i can control it!

  • ♥!!SaRaH!!♥

    WOW thats kwl!!

  • Its Me

    That’s a total trip dude, the dots are going counterclockwise, and the wheel is going clockwise!!!

  • LoL

    Its all turning anti!!!!!!

  • freekay

    attack of the red and yellow dots moving clockwise/anti-clockwise! aaaaaah!

  • no likey name

    cool dat

  • Anonymous

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    SO CONFUSING. dots go round and round. they dont stop. wait….. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • Travis

    It’s all moving counter-clockwise.. it’s just that the yellow dots are moving faster than the red ones, i.e. they are moving over two or three “fans” at a time instead of just one like the red dots.

    I think that’s right..

  • Goran

    It’s not rotating nor clokcwise nor counterclockwise. It’s just changing its halfs in a place. In one moment one half, in next moment other half of the circle

  • Nutty Cone

    If you look closly at the wheel you’ll be able to tell that the red dots are just circling the wheel and that it is actully moving clockwise.

  • Blurr

    The wheel is turning counterclockwise, but the yellow dots are turning clockwise. If you keep an eye on the red tots while at the same time on the yellow dots, every other frame the yellow dots are on the same spoke as the red dots.

  • Nikki

    Thats weird but still it is simple 2 understand

  • Anonymous

    well tecnically it doesnt really spin does it?

  • U2freak

    does that say U2???????

  • kingdom

    not that good people

  • Anonymous

    its 2 static images shown repeatedly after each other

  • me

    If I stare at the V2 I can make the wheel change directions!

  • little miss attentive

    if u stare at the V2 for a few seconds it stops and changes direction. u can only look at one set of dots but in actual fact the dots are going the same way.
    sorry for spoiling it for all u wierd people that got dizzy and thought that it was cool
    <3

  • Shal

    the wheel itself is not actually rotating, as every frame shows it in the same position. The dots are rotating in opposite directions. as u cannot focus on both of them at the same time u think everything (dots and wheel) is rotating anti-clockwise when u look at the red dots and clockwise when u look at the yellow. If u want confirm of what I’m saying save the gif and look at it with animation-shop or another similar software where u can see the single images that compose the gif.

  • Anonymous

    I think nothing is moving, just flashing different.
    Make a test: use you’re mouse and move it clockwise around the circle (with your eyes you follow the mouse)
    it will turn clockwise. Same vice versa! U can make it shake even =:o)
    It works of course without the mouse also, just move you’re eyes slight in one ore the other direction and it’ll seam its moving that way.

  • Ron

    Just know the red dots move in bigger steps in the same direction as the yellow. When you view the yellow dots, our eyes see a small gap between the steps. When you follow the red dots, adjust your eyes to allow bigger steps (gaps) to anticipate the next red dot position. You can get both dots to move clockwise. Also note the yellow dots switch axis. First they align with red dots on a spoke and on next ‘step’ they don’t.

  • christina

    the wheels not moving just the dots are and they make it look like its moving with them

    • Kid

      Hey if you have a real keen eye iv seen stuff like this before the wheel actually changes on its own it is not your eye.It has paturns and makes you think the wheel is changing direction according to how you look at it but it is really changing its self also. Try just following one Leaf like you would on a fan then you might see what im talking about.

  • PaperMoon

    That is cool!

  • Amber

    Wooaah! How Is That Possible! :O

    • KMR

      The yellow dots are “jumping” from one blade to the next, they do not actually stay on the same blade like our eyes and brain believe.

  • WIll

    the wheel and the red dots move independently of each other, meaning one doesn’t affect the other.

  • Kyle

    The red dots and the wheel are spinning counter-clockwise and the yellow dots are spinning clockwise.

  • Laharl

    All moving counter for mee

  • Mark Renzyl

    if you believe in your own thinking of where it turns, it follows where you want to rotate it.. just focus… ahaha…

  • cheyenne

    i looks like its going this way and that its going counterclockwise then when it pauses it gos the other way

  • http://moillusions.com eugene

    it spins both ways follow the yellow dots 2 see clock wise look at wheel to see counter clock wise

  • thebrainster

    the yellow dots could be moving either way, it’s like a blinker, they are in a certain spot every other second

  • Mark

    The yellow inner circle is turning one way while the outer red circle is turning the othe way, it is quite simple

  • ZL123

    It’s simple! The yellows are turning clockwise while the reds are turning anticlockwise. And the line things are turning both ways, because they only have two animations; they can be either turning left or right.

  • Sunshine

    nothing is moving…..that is my opinion anyway

  • NICK

    wheel and reds going left the yellows are turning right, just break it down c’mon people

  • dAVID

    dats stupid

  • RJ

    The wheel is moving!

  • Unknown

    the wheel and red dots move clockwise and the yellow dots keep staying in the same place!

  • Eliza

    The wheel itself is actually moving back and forth. The red and yellow dots are both moving in oppostie directions. I realized this after I studied this illusion enough.

  • o.i.e.

    the yellow went clock wise and red went anti clock wise! for a few secs tho…

  • cupcake

    the red r moving counter clockwise and everything else is moving clockwise

  • le troll

    Meeeeeeeeeeeeeehhh! me mind is slowly dieing!

  • James

    The wheel itself is flicking half the distance between the centres of the spokes on the wheel ,the direction is impossible to tell, it may have no direction at all and just be moving back and forward each frame. Try using your hands to narrow the view to only a section of the wheel where neither red or yellow dots are visible. The power of mind can make it appear that they move anti clockwise, clockwise, or just back and forward.

    The dots however are not moving at half centres. They have a set direction because they flick 3-4 times to reach the position of the one that was just infront of it.

    It’s not easy to explain, but focusing on the dots that actually have set direction make the wheel seem as though it has one.

    In conclusion red dots are going anti-clockwise, yellow dots are going clockwise, and the wheel has both any direction and no direction.

    Have a nice day :)

  • Sarah

    Why does that happen ?

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