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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.

Witness The Power of Hypnosis

Would you forward this hypnotic message?


58 Responses
  1. whoami says:

    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!

  2. Alex says:

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

  3. Darm58 says:

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

  4. Dinesha says:

    It’s like giving your eyes some game time!

  5. Detective Kitty says:

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

  6. Sue says:

    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.

  7. kurathedog says:

    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

  8. Yoda82 says:

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

  9. ria says:

    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!

  10. honey says:

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

  11. Anonymous says:

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

  12. Anonymous says:

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

  13. Mr Average says:


  14. Janice says:


  15. Patrick says:

    Im pretty sure you put this one up before right?

  16. snicole says:

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

  17. Aldo says:

    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…

  18. Simon says:

    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!


  19. simyo says:

    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.


  20. Snowman25 says:

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

  21. Coldchill17 says:

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

  22. coldchill17 says:

    love the picture by the way

  23. Grog says:

    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.

  24. erick ;D says:

    wow i loved it xD !

  25. erick ;D says:

    wow i loved it ! xD

  26. knight of the darkness says:

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

  27. heino says:

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

  28. Treena Ward says:

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

  29. blerga says:

    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.

  30. Peter says:

    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…

  31. Grannelle says:

    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.

  32. flor says:

    If you close one eye it almost stops moving

  33. PRMan says:

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

  34. sherry says:

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

  35. anonymous says:

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

  36. FaQ says:

    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?

  37. Agi Bubba says:

    While you are loaded with Absolut, everything is stationary.

  38. dibs says:

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

  39. kumar says:

    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……

  40. Woodcrow says:

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

  41. diewithstyle says:

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

  42. Destoyer says:

    Good Finally

  43. veno-111 says:

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

  44. roelin says:


  45. Richard says:

    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.

  46. JLS_LOVER says:

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

  47. Xecoda says:

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

  48. Me says:

    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

  49. my head hurts for staring at at that.

  50. Laharl says:

    This one hurts my eyes a bit.

  51. kieran says:

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

  52. cheyenne says:

    its backwards

  53. Grace says:

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

  54. bob says:

    lol Grace!

  55. paula says:

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

  56. Jemima duck says:

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

  57. somebody says:

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

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