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By on June 12, 2009, with 58 Comments

Just received this picture via email today. Have to admit, it took me some time before I could snap out of it and stop staring at those floating letters. Before I ask you about your opinion, I’d like to spill some questions to those of you who bought our iPhone application. How did you like it? Would you add some additional stuff to it? What do you suggest we additionally put inside it? Would you give us a hand, and rate the app inside the iPhone store? What do you think about its price? I’d like to thank you a bunch for your support! In the following days I should start placing some polls in the Mighty Optical Illusions sidebar. I think this will be a great addition to this website. I was thinking about implementing more quizzes, competitions and giveaways as well, but first have to figure out the rules. Stay tuned! There are many new things to be added soon, I just need to categorize the rest 500 posts inside uncategorized section first.

Would you forward this hypnotic message?

Would you forward this hypnotic message?

  • whoami

    I would forward it if I did not get a headache from staring at it…or pass out..hehe
    Have seen something similar, but stil, a good one!

  • Alex

    Wow, I really like this picture. I don’t know why but it’s probably my favourite image so far.

  • Darm58

    What I see are the shadows changing from black in one line to white in the next.

  • Dinesha

    It’s like giving your eyes some game time!

  • Detective Kitty

    …for some strange reason I feel like you’ve put this one up already

  • Sue

    It looks loke they rotate the black/white shadowing by 90 degrees every two letters & that this creates a 3-D wave effect and a mild illusion of movement.
    I think the substitution of an up arrow ^ for the As also acts as a subliminal prompt to encourage forwarding the e-mail.

  • kurathedog

    the idea is you focus on one set of letters with the 3d popout going one way, then you focus on the next, subconciously, so it looks like it is going in waves

  • Yoda82

    didn’t u already post something like this ????

  • ria

    whoa, @ first i thought this sucked, i’m like i dont get it, but then i read it slower and it really worked, the wave thing. really cool!

  • honey

    this is really kool! i found myself wanting 2 read it oveer & over!

  • Anonymous

    It’s because of the shadows. Sometimes they are at the left side, sometimes in the upper right corner.. Cool illusion, though!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and then you have white and black shadows too, they’re changing places.

  • Mr Average


  • Janice


  • Patrick

    Im pretty sure you put this one up before right?

  • snicole

    It makes me want to puke. I would not forward that.

  • Aldo

    I will foward this email, I will foward this email, I will foward this email, I will foward this email, I will foward this email, I will foward this email…

  • Simon

    I wish I could do a message like that to my girlfriend

    You will have
    sex with me! You
    will have sex
    with me! You will
    have se with me!


    Stop arguing you
    know I’m right! Stop
    arguing you know
    I’m right! Stop arguing
    you know I’m right!


  • simyo

    you will forward this email,you will forward this email,you will forward this email,forward this email you will,forward this email you will,forward this email you will.


  • Snowman25

    Detective Kitty is right. I’ve already seen this on your site

  • Coldchill17

    for the iphone app i would suggest making a free version with ads i would download that but i hate spending money on apps

  • coldchill17

    love the picture by the way

  • Grog

    Wot, no “1st post! w00t!” ? Have we all grown up, at last ;) ?

    I never tire of this effect, and this is a good example.

    @Sue: Don’t see how ^=A could ‘subliminally’ encourage you to do anything.
    Most likely substituted to increase the black/white drop-shadow thereby optimizing the effect, whereas the A’s horizontal bar may detract from the effect slightly.

  • erick ;D

    wow i loved it xD !

  • erick ;D

    wow i loved it ! xD

  • knight of the darkness

    WOW!!! the letters are moving!!!
    really cool image

  • heino

    it’s spinning around
    but I’m drunk so it must spinning around…

  • Treena Ward

    Ok – I so don’t get it – am I blind???

  • blerga

    Wow. That illusion replicates the exact effect psilocybin mushrooms have on one’s eyes. Everything surrounding you begins to move and dance in that way.

  • Peter

    Vurdlak, you did post this one last year too, together with this one : http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb234/vurdlak8/illusions/Peter-Powers-Layout-lores.jpg
    They’re nice ones thoug. At the time I made one myself too, but that was for internal use in our company hehe…

  • Grannelle

    I guess I must have some sort of visual acuity morbidity, as I never see the movement. I also never “see” stereograms, though I’ve stared, physically zoomed in/out, squinted, crossed my eyes, relaxed and stared some more, you name it. Kudos to those that do, and enjoy it for me and those akin.

  • flor

    If you close one eye it almost stops moving

  • PRMan

    I don’t know if I like it or not, but I’m sending this URL to everyone I know.

  • sherry

    did nothing for me, its all in how you highlight the letters

  • anonymous

    lol- this was cool, dunno if i’ll forward it, but I realli did find i couldn’t stop staring for a while… lol

  • FaQ

    I believe I’ve seen this on your website before. It’s cool though.

    Did anyone notice how all the A’s are upside down V’s?

  • Agi Bubba

    While you are loaded with Absolut, everything is stationary.

  • dibs

    wow! when i looked off the illusion on the comments it waved like the illusion! how cool?!

  • kumar

    the entire words get frozen, stand still if ur a witnessing it in other words if ur breathing is slow, ur mind is at rest. during meditation we can experience this; if ur mind is too occupied the greater is the speed of words, and vice versa. one way to check ur mind calm maybe……

  • Woodcrow

    i feel like im getting sleepy while i read it, lol real hypnosis! XD

  • http://yahoo.co.uk diewithstyle

    i will forward that email i will forward that email i will forward that email

  • Destoyer

    Good Finally

  • veno-111

    read it backword and you will notice that it says WILL YOU EMAIL THIS FORWARD

  • roelin


  • Richard

    Ugh, my friend would hate me if I posted them this

    Plus if you stare at a particular letter for long enough. The whole thing stops moving. Very trippy.

  • http://www.moillusions.com JLS_LOVER

    1 WORD !!! AWSOME!!!!! I LOVE IT !

  • Xecoda

    AND thats a picture and not a vid.
    cuz if you consentrait on one letter the wayving stopps O.o woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow :D

  • Me

    lol this so stupid but i woulld do that message Simon did lol, heres what he wrote:

    You will have sex with me u will have sex with me u will have sex with me. Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samantha-Morales/100000534832841 Samantha Morales

    my head hurts for staring at at that.

  • Laharl

    This one hurts my eyes a bit.

  • kieran

    you will forward this email if you start at the bottom it says :email this forward you will email this forward.

  • cheyenne

    its backwards

  • Grace

    MUST FWRD EMAIL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fred


  • bob

    lol Grace!

  • paula

    it’s moving the letters are moving.. OR is it just me?

  • Jemima duck

    Not really very hypnotic at all….I’m perfectly fine…..

  • somebody

    im totally ok cuz im not gonna forward this???????