Charlie Chaplin’s Hollow Face Illusion Video


Thanks to Alexander Wright for reminding us about this wonderful illusion. I had it on my hard disk for some time, but completely forgot about it. This video clip is called “Charlie Chaplin’s Hollow Face“, and has been circulating the web for some time now. The principle is the same as Einstein’s Hollow Face, Bjorn Borg’s Hollow Face, Unrecognized shallow face… and some other you might find in our video section. Click on the video below to see the illusion. This is what Alex wrote to us: “Hi! I found this illusion on another blog and thought that it’s right up your street. It’s the same concept as the hollow mask illusions you’ve done before, but this has a video and explanation from what sounds like a slightly eccentric old scientist (exactly what you’d imagine the voice of a guy who makes rotating hollow mask illusions would sound like).”

  • Tad

    Absolutely amazing!! I love it!

    • happydoodle

      yeah! omg my mind hurts now! jeez this one gives u a headache after a while. but its REALLY cool

    • jack bowden

      it looks like it changes direction when spinning

  • meeow


  • Anonymous

    thats crepy& scary..wathever cool illusion;)

  • Anonymous

    Given that you are displaying so many optical illusions it would be appropriate to mention the top sources for these illusions — the psychologists who research illusions.

    Full credit for this video clip of Charlie Chaplin and the explanation of the effect should go to Dr. Richard Gregory and he also deserves credit for the cafe wall illusion which is on your website. Dr. Gregory was the first to publish on the cafe wall and has presented it many times in scientific conferences and BBC television.

    • Velviet


      I am trying to find out who owns the copyright to this video. I do know that Professor Richard Gregory has passed away, so who would be the contact regarding this?



  • Anonymous

    That guy is BORING!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    but why does the background go dark?

  • Anonymous

    the background goes dark because the mask itself is much brighter on the illusion side and the camera compensates by turning down its sensitivity to light

  • Åsmund

    Does it work as well if you’re seeing it directly, with normal depth perception, or will that ruin the illusion?

    What happens to the illusion if the inside of the mask is lit from both sides?

  • Anonymous

    I… am not affected by this illusion. I see it has hallow. I can actually see it the other was as well (the way the illusion technically supposed to work), but I have to think of it to do it (like the grandma/woman illusion). So I can see it both ways. Hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    Amazing.Both sides look like faces.

  • hi

    that was weird as!! but kool cheers

  • Anonymous

    that was weird as!!! but kool thanks guys

  • Drew


  • Weird.

  • Pepper

    I think that is the best illusion I have ever seen

  • caylee

    on another note, my sisters are decendents of charlie chaplin!

  • sizwe

    omg WOW :>

  • Whitney

    1 word: A-MAZING

  • tacos

    i cant wrap my finger around the fact that it looks as if it is going the other way when you see the hollow side thats is so cool but still kind of creepy

  • Bhavik

    This is the best illusion ever.
    Simply amazing…………..

  • J. Pomerantz

    This illusion is basically a copy of the original and clever work of Richard Gregory. A credit to him is in order.

  • kieran

    OMG! this is kool

  • pablo


  • pablo

    bottoms up

  • emma

    that thing scares me…..

  • Dan

    When the mask turns to the “flesh” colored mask, your brains “shifts” your vision. When the face is back to the reguler colored mask, that “shift” happens again!

  • This was really amazing

  • Al

    Lame. One side pops out the other pops in. No illusion for me

  • OMG that is so awesome!!!

  • crazycandycreator

    Wow–I can hardly make myself see it properly!!! :o

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