Block Shadow Girl Optical Illusion


Jeff Absher sent this fabulous shadow illusion accompanied by message: “I don’t know who or where created it, but I think this is really neat, I present you the “block shadow girl“. It took just a second for me to see the illusion, but never the less the effect is strong! If you are a long time visitor, you will immediately remember shadow illusion sculptures, mostly created by master of illusions – Shigeo Fukuda. We posted many of those in the past. I just hope you liked today’s illusion. I am greatly aware that I promised posting new illusions from now on every day, but am currently in process of switching apartments, so much moving has to be done. Hope you have understanding, but we can try this again: From now on, new illusion each day! ;)

Update: Steve McIntosh sent this YouTube video that contains similar shadow illusion. it is 60 second version of the 2007 John Lewis Christmas TV advert, called “Shadows”. The soundtrack is Aubade/Morning Serenade from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • Anonymous

    This is neat! I’d love to see an oblique shot of the blocks…

  • Allen

    Wow Just an amazing illusion

  • Evanderiel

    It’s clearly photoshopped…. what would be a very challenging and amazing shadow illusion is only a normal shadow photoshopped on a real image.

    A pity…

    • PurpleButtons

      No, i’m pretty sure this is real!!

  • Anonymous

    What I like about this sort of illusion is that a lot of people could create one like it with things that they find @ home

  • Nicole

    that is so cool! theres such detail on the face, its amazing that works so well.

  • Anonymous

    Wow that’s amazing! I wonder if those are all real shadows (or photoshop)! Either way still a great picture!

  • Anonymous

    this is really neat and fun illusion, thnxs for all the effort you put into your site

  • Bhavesh

    simply put, this illusion is really unique.

  • Joef

    hahahahahaha i got the first comment

    nice illusion btw

  • Anonymous

    wow…nicely done whoever made this.

  • Victor


  • Lilah

    I like that. Though I’m pretty sure it’s not real, I think it would be fun to make a real one, as it’s easily possible. I noticed that the site it no longer really ‘illusions’.
    Mostly just fun pictures. I still like the site, though.

  • Anonymous

    There is no way the shadow is coming from the blocks. Probably created in a paint program. It’s not even an illusion just a fraud.

  • Anonymous

    wowy, dass preetty clever

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    wow!! just amazing! there are no words to describe how amazing that is! good work!
    :) i’m glad to have first comment

  • Anonymous

    thats a dumb one (photoshped)

  • windowpuff

    Cool! I think this one is really nice, somebody has two much tim eon thier hands. lol

  • Anonymous

    why does everything have to be nakid!?!

  • Anonymous

    amazing, i’ll give props to that, gj whoever made it, thats art straight up.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the #1 comment??? WHooHoo that is an awesome illusion, one of the best i have seen on this site!!!!

  • mac

    1st comment!wonder how he did it cool illusion though

  • the_one

    Whoa! That’s cool! It looks like its real. Great illusion! Keep up the good work

  • Wolfhowell

    Wow, that’s really awesome looking. I love it!

  • Anonymous


  • Jake

    This is pretty cool, its the shape of the top of the blocks that gives the effect.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    It is just out of this world… wonderful

  • Anonymous

    omg this illusion is f**ing impressive!

  • Mike

    I think I see a nipple…


  • joie

    If you’re not being paid to post an illusion everyday, then I wouldn’t worry about it. If it’s your passion, and you feel you’re losing sight of it by not keeping to your commitments then that’s another story. I enjoy this section of my homepage, and would like to see something new as often as possible. But I am not discouraged entirely if I don’t. Also, I hope that you’re not insinuating anything racial with the last two illusions. Best wishes….

  • Anonymous

    I think this is beautiful. At the same time, I´m left wondering if it´s 100% genuine and if it doesn´t have a photoshop element to it. I´d say it does. Look for example at the chin. If there´s only one light source, which seems to be the case, parallel light rays can´t make a chin the way it appears. There are several other tale-tell elements. Now that´s the game, can you find these?

  • Anonymous

    Omg that is so cool! And it’s really realistic too! Great illusion :)

  • boobies

    pretty clever oh and first post!

  • Anonymous


  • briiiiii

    whoa thats so coooool

  • Anonymous

    amazing, enough said.

  • Arbanas

    This is a realy crappy illusion!! It isn’t an illusion, it’s just a shadow!! And it’s probably made in photoshop or something like that!!

  • dbp

    this looks like fake to me..

  • Me

    Whoa! It looks like the back of her is blowing away! Awesome illusion Vurdlak, I <3 this site.

  • Anonymous

    I’m the first amn’t I?!!!!!!!

    Nice illusion!

  • Winny

    Wow, whoever created that must seriously have no life. Very cool indeed though!!

  • Anonymous

    nice. I would say photoshopped, but the shadow fits with the blocks, and with a strong light on the right, its quite possible.

  • Saber

    Can you say photoshop?
    … but now that I took a closer look at it, it doesn’t seem as photoshopped as I thought at first. My guess is that whoever created this at least made the edges a little softer with photoshop (or any other graphic tool).
    Well, it’s a nice illusion anyway.

  • awsome


  • Anonymous

    that’s cool. first!

  • bennettjamin

    look, no offence but im think of leaving this site because all i see here now is just lame photoshopped pictures, which aren’t illusions.

  • yaeh right!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yea, and i can drown a fish.(sarcastically)

  • Spunky

    need to check definition of illusion.

  • Cryolite

    A very simple way to see that it’s not an ‘illusion’ is to look at the base of the front foot. Considering the direction of light, how can shadows there be curved?

    And btw an illusion is something that cause us to perceive a false sense of reality. There is nothing false here – the shadow is really there and exactly as we perceived. The blocks were not placed there coincidentally and somehow gave rise to that shadow. The human image was intended. Thus it is more of a form of art.

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