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By on June 30, 2010, with 51 Comments

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Japan, occasionally creates such awesome optical illusions, it’s hard to believe what he tells us is true. One such example were the running spirals, effect heavily used in examples I’ll show you today. Check out the 4 pictures below. Can you believe they’re static? They seem to rotate like crazy, but only when you move your eyes from one spiral to another. Try fixing your eyes in one spot if you’re nonbeliever, probably the only way to get those hearts and spirals stay put! Which one did you like the most? I love the heart ones, but believe the effect works best with the first, spiral one?! Btw, I’ve included the higher res pictures so you can see the effect in full glory. Just click and open the image in a new window…

Yup, These Are Static As Well!
Yup, These Are Static As Well!
Yup, These Are Static As Well!
Yup, These Are Static As Well!


51 Responses
  1. A Snail says:

    First one is best – not only does it keep spinning but it also has a 3D look to it.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    I’ve seen plenty of things like these that have blown my mind, but this one barely even seemed to work. I don’t know why.

  3. William says:

    You can also get a super effect by looking at one point on the page and scrolling the page up/down. Longer duration of sensation of movement since you can scroll slowly, just watch one point on the page, all the images then rotate simultaneously.

  4. Reader says:

    Nah… didnt work at all for me.

  5. Nightmeare says:

    the last one woah! I cant stop it!

  6. Cudel says:

    Hurts my eyes

  7. Jacob says:

    …no offense to the creator…but i really don’t see any “spin/rotation”

  8. Bubbles says:

    cool.. i find if i open my eyes really wide, they wont spin for a couple seconds, but its hard to keep focus..

  9. Karen McRae says:

    Interesting, the spirals didn’t move for me but the hearts did and the bottom one moved the most.

  10. Care Bear says:

    I’m really tired of people giving me static.

  11. JC says:

    I dunno if it’s just me, but I’ve been staring at this for 5 min or so and can’t see them move. Usually I pick up on these pretty quick, but not this one. Even when I do as it says above and switch from spiral to spiral, nothing.

  12. SDER says:

    I love this kind of illusion. It’s amazing how the brain reacts.

  13. Awesome Anonymous says:

    I Have a Head Ache Now.

  14. Mel says:

    *twitch… twitch… twitch* you sure they arn’t moving?

  15. David says:

    I can see the hearts rotating very slowly but the spirals don’t seem to move at all for me.

  16. Theresa Moss-Currier says:

    wow….now I’m dizzy!

  17. Matt Hodgkins says:

    Hurts my eyes, and now all I see is colored shapes when I blink.

    These are always fun.

  18. Shtnly says:

    Interestingly enough the effect does not work if you “invert” the colours. (I copied the picture into msPaint, then inverted it to a blue-green colour scheme and the movement stops). I wonder what it is about the pink-red colour that makes it work?

  19. Robby says:

    you can also scroll up & down repeatedly & they spin faster

  20. Princess says:

    Hmmm, I could tell they were static straight off. They didnt move at all for me. O.o What is with my brain?!

  21. John Meay says:

    hard to believe it is static esp. the spirals

  22. Don says:

    Uh….I don’t see anything moving. :-/

  23. James Travis says:

    Of course they are static once one is told that they are. This is simply a matter of focusing. Anyone who has used a camera seriously gets this one !!

  24. oman28 says:

    I couldn’t detect any movement at all. I must be dead

  25. Latisha says:

    they spin & they r beautiful……………..

  26. awsome says:


  27. The color scheme hurts my eyes for some reason… XD

  28. Boggle Eyed says:

    Works even better when you scroll the page up and down

  29. Kimon says:

    classic but still cool

  30. Gregory Padilla says:

    Interesting- I was incredibly airsick yesterday. Today, none of these examples are moving. Solid as a rock. I wonder if the recovery from air-sickness is a factor?

  31. Terry Reed says:

    Sorry, but I guess I am just not capable of seeing it, for me they are static. I am trying everything I can to get them to move for me, but they just sit there.

  32. Jack says:

    Rubblish they don’t even move that much.

  33. PhotoBug says:

    Insane! Why does it look like they are moving?

  34. patch says:

    LOL I’m dizzy too! Wheeee

  35. Elliot says:

    oooooohh oooooohhhh im dizzzyy

  36. What great optical illusions!! Any movement sends them moving like crazy. Try moving the curser up and down rapidly, the movement is amazing. My favorite is the first one.

  37. Greg says:

    I can’t get the first one to work! But those hearts spin like crazy!

  38. chris says:

    if you scroll up and down, it seems to be moving

  39. Poontang says:

    LOL – try and scroll the page, and they go crazy!

  40. Jacques says:

    Like the hart the most!

  41. feiya says:

    i dont see the hearts move DX

  42. Zoey says:

    They only move when you Scroll

  43. Emily says:

    haha the photobomb is alli from CTFxc!!!

  44. taylor says:

    It would be awesome to walk into a room where the walls ceiling and floor are all pictures like this. i have a feeling you would start to fell quite ill sooner then later.

  45. matilda says:

    wow i am tired now that i just looked it that
    r there any scary and funny onnes

  46. Dylan says:

    they’re not moving :/

  47. jan says:

    the last heart one works best for me.

  48. Lizzie says:

    The first one didn’t move at all for me. The second one did, but only a little.

  49. B. Eaton says:

    Keep your eyes stationery and move the page up and down. The first image rotates like crazy. The heart rings not so much.

  50. bob says:


  51. halo4skyrim says:

    I’m guessing that it looks like it’s moving cuz it’s blinking or something, Idk, it looks like it’s moving, but I noticed it did not move an inch, and I see it blinking.

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