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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…




  • A Snail

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

  • Jeffrey

    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.

  • William

    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.

  • Reader

    Nah… didnt work at all for me.

  • Nightmeare

    the last one woah! I cant stop it!

  • Cudel

    Hurts my eyes

  • Jacob

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

  • Bubbles

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-McRae/100000479198917 Karen McRae

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

  • Care Bear

    I’m really tired of people giving me static.

  • JC

    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.

  • SDER

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

  • Awesome Anonymous

    I Have a Head Ache Now.

  • Mel

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

  • David

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

  • Theresa Moss-Currier

    wow….now I’m dizzy!

  • Matt Hodgkins

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

    These are always fun.

  • Shtnly

    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?

  • Robby

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

  • Princess

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

  • John Meay

    hard to believe it is static esp. the spirals

  • Don

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

  • James Travis

    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 !!

  • oman28

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

  • Latisha

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

  • awsome

    awsome

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alicia-Alsdorf/100000761117131 Alicia Alsdorf

    The color scheme hurts my eyes for some reason… XD

  • Boggle Eyed

    Works even better when you scroll the page up and down

  • Kimon

    classic but still cool

  • Gregory Padilla

    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?

  • Terry Reed

    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.

  • Jack

    Rubblish they don’t even move that much.

  • PhotoBug

    Insane! Why does it look like they are moving?

  • patch

    LOL I’m dizzy too! Wheeee

  • Elliot

    oooooohh oooooohhhh im dizzzyy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    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.

  • Greg

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

  • chris

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

  • http://www.poontang.dk Poontang

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

  • Jacques

    Like the hart the most!

  • feiya

    i dont see the hearts move DX

  • http://Yahoo.com Zoey

    They only move when you Scroll

  • Emily

    haha the photobomb is alli from CTFxc!!!

  • taylor

    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.

  • http://hotmail.com matilda

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

  • Dylan

    they’re not moving :/

  • jan

    the last heart one works best for me.

  • Lizzie

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

  • B. Eaton

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

  • bob

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • halo4skyrim

    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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