Best Illusions of 2007 Contest Winners

Can’t believe I almost missed covering this story! Reminded by Pablo Speciale, here are some best voted illusions for 2007. The contest is held every year by neauralcorrelate.com, and each year they choose top ten illusions from thousands of submissions. If you remember I covered 2006 winner here. I just believe winner illusion would be much more interesting if they were aware of our little community and all of our user submissions. Not to bother you more with unnecessary talk, here are some of them I included in this post.

The winner is “Leaning Tower Illusion” you see below. Is it only me, or is the winner exact replica of Pablo Salto-Weis Azevedo’s “Photoshop CS3 Illusion“? Pablo, if they took your idea you should sue! I included few more flash animation winners after the jump, since they are something new on this site, but to see rest, I recommend you check the contest website. Following is the description for winnig submission:

“Two images of the Leaning Tower of Pisa below are identical, yet one has the impression that the tower on the right leans more, as if photographed from a different angle. The reason for this phenomenon is because the visual system treats the two images as if part of a single scene“.

Which one is your favorite? Just to remind you, I added top list for link exchange, and since its new, your link can easily appear on our main page, and we’ll send you back huge traffic. You only have to place link titled “Optical Illusions” on your website (or “Illusions” or “Magic Tricks”), link it to www.moillusions.com and apply on “Your link here” in sidebar. As soon as you send few visitors, your link will show up in the top list. If you send more than 10, it should appear on the main page. Top 15 links appear site-wide in our sidebar, on main-page and over 1000 sub-pages (visited by more than 30,000 visitors daily!). Enjoy!



33 Replies to “Best Illusions of 2007 Contest Winners”

  1. I don’t get the second one…..

    What is the actual aim of that illusion?? Is it to do with the triangle in the middle???

    The rest are pretty cool btw!

    1. ok i get it click on it and look in the middle of both pictures (in the white spot) and look in the middle of that your eyes will eventually adjust and both pics with look the same:-)

  2. I think the one you didn’t understand is the 3rd… I’m not sure, but I think it gives you the illusion of 3D.

  3. I’m not trying to be negative, but I’m just not sure how any of these won.

    I’ve seen much better on this site. Oh well…I guess it’s just a matter of opinion.

  4. the third one, if you stare at in , gives the illusion that the lines are moving when they are staying still.

  5. En el segundo se parece que se mueven las cosas.
    En el tercero ni idea.

    In the Second the “things” move.

    In the Third, i dont know…

  6. The towers actually have a hidden illusion (actually an effect). Open the picture set in a new window and cross your eyes slightly until a third image appears. Look at the middle and you get a 3D image. This is due to the combined aspects of the two. Try this at home for a few laughs.

  7. if u look at the second one closly,and look at one spacific object, the others apear to move…trippy huh?

  8. The animations were mesmorizing, but the dual towers— That was just sheer elegance, a beautifully executed illusion with no trickery whatsoever except for the distortion read into it by the viewer’s mind.

    This is the best illusion I’ve seen here yet!

  9. quote *I’m not trying to be negative, but I’m just not sure how any of these won.

    I’ve seen much better on this site. Oh well…I guess it’s just a matter of opinion.*

    Yeah indeed, i agree completely! It are good illusisions (the second and the fourth are cool to me).

    Go vUrDlAk! & and all the submitters! You guys let me smile every day again when I am tricked by the illusion…

  10. the tower one is cool!! if you cross your eyes and let them relax the third tower (in the middle) is 3d. this is the same concept that is used in eye exercises, to improve your vision. So looking at this one is healthy for your eyes.

  11. I don’t get any of these illusions. They should tell you what the illusions are. I don’t understand them. By the way the Miami
    Dolphins Rock!

  12. The triangle in the middle is supposed to look like its coming out…when in reality its just the two different shades moving up and down. The leaning tower is really cool.

  13. I think those are awesome. The second is my favorite. I don’t see what the 3rd and 5th do though.

    And the leaning tower one is awesome too. At first I thought they were two different pictures.

  14. the two towers are same as the 3d stereo pictures that you used to get in the late 80’s early 90’s. if you cross your eyes slightly til you get a third image in the middle, the middle image appears in 3D due to your brain overlaying the images. i still think its cool though

  15. The two towers are a trick, as in, a fraud. They are slightly different images. I compared them in Photoshop using a difference filter and they are not the same image. Try it yourself if you don’t believe me.

  16. To the poster who said the “towers” illusion was a fraud: It’s not.

    A simple proof that is not is to take *either* tower image, copy it, and put it next to its original. You get the same effect.

    Try it.

  17. fraud? lol.
    The 3D effect is enhanced by slightly dissimilar images, it was made that way.
    The second is as others has posted – looks like the brains move.
    3rd – i missed the third.
    4th – moving lines :).
    5th looks like the lines are changing shade but they are not, only the background is. Also it has the black dot illusion on the intersects of the lines.

  18. In the brain illusion, all you need to do is stare at it with your eyes out of focus. As the background color changes, the brains will appear to “wiggle” or move, due to the eye’s reaction to the contrast between the pixellation of each image of the brain with the background.

  19. the first one is awesome. takes a while to get it but i must say, thats probably the best illusion ive seen so far.

  20. The fourth one works because when the background is white, the white parts of the line disapear, and when the background is black, the black parts of the line disapear, giving it the illusion that the line moves when really its just the visibility that changes

  21. The towers IS a fraud. They are different pictures in the same way those 3d pics were, that have been mentioned.

    Smilei, you said that was the way it was intended, but it’s not. The REASON that picture won this contest is because it’s supposed to be the same exact picture.

    **quote**
    Two images of the Leaning Tower of Pisa below are identical, yet one has the impression that the tower on the right leans more, as if photographed from a different angle. The reason for this phenomenon is because the visual system treats the two images as if part of a single scene”.
    **end quote**

    But they’re not identical at all. One is different.

  22. If you cross your eyes so as to make 3 images, you’ll perceive all three as the same image (i.e., the right one no longer leans.

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