Cool Optical Illusion, Bro!

Ever seen something so dumb, that it’s actually good? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you obviously missed Evil Dead trilogy, and haven’t seen a single SNL episode. Well, when I opened my mailbox to see some optical illusion trends, I was amazed to see how popular this photo became in such a short notice. It still bugs me, but I decided to share it with you! Could this instead be the most complex magic trick ever? I surely doubt so… Watch how this dude pulls an optical illusion, sort off.

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188 Replies to “Cool Optical Illusion, Bro!”

  1. Come on.. This is a new low. A dude standing next to an oil spot on the road on a cloudy day is an illusion? Do you maybe have a different one you can post before too many people see this one?
    And yes, I enjoyed the evil dead trilogy and the OLD SNL’s.

  2. when you just glance at it it looks like he is levitating but when you look closer you will see that he is just standing next to a dark spot on the ground

  3. What are people complaining about? This illusion is cool because it’s so simple. You’re all just angry because you didn’t think of it yourself… And now I want to try it :)

  4. I opened a random illusion of yours and it turned out to be one of those ‘scare you with a sudden pop-out monster face’ type of low-taste juvenile thing. You know what? I trusted you! Now I have second thought. I am deleting your web site from my bookmark.

  5. It’s a pretty cool double-take sort of illusion when your not expecting an illusion. Not quite on a par with Evil Dead, but maybe as not great as SNL is on a bad week.

  6. Actually the trick only works precisely because it isn’t sunny, so no natural shadow is present, which would have prevented the optical illusion from working. I LIKE it. Very creative.

  7. The small version through iGoogle makes it look like he’s floating, but as soon as you see the larger one on this page you can’t even tell it’s supposed to be anything special.

  8. It looks pretty decent in the smaller picture before you open the link, but once the bigger picture is there it’s clearly just a puddle of some sort.

  9. This is about as stupid as anything you have ever posted. I saw a dude standing next to a spot, and it didn’t look a thing like he was hovering above it.

    Maybe you should just skip posting some of this borderline crap that gets through from time to time.. You don’t HAVE to post a new one everyday..

    Quality of Quantity.

  10. You haters need to calm down. It’s a funny joke!

    – Yeah the juvenile “sudden pop up screamer” illusions need to go.
    – iriso i think you were going for “quality OVER quantity”? and this is a refreshing change of pace. lighten up.

    Keep up the good work man, but delete the screamers

  11. Awesome just brilliant. Simple yet effective and I bet you all fell for it immediately, granted you are all right, it is easy to spot its not real after a second. Keep it up.

  12. I’d like to apologize for the negative tone of my previous post. Inspired by other posts, I shrank down the picture to 50%, and they were right, the quality of the illusion is better when the picture is smaller. As it is, the picture is too big to completely fit on my screen. It takes away something of the illusion when you have to scroll down to see the whole picture. Although it is obvious how the illusion is done, it is somewhat clever.

  13. For some reason the size of the picture makes a big difference. The small picture in the sidebar is quite convincing, the large picture on the website is very unconvincing.

    I wonder why? My guess is its the extra detail you can see in the surface of what he is standing on that makes the difference.

  14. Are y’all Seriously upset about this? This is pretty funny. It’s so simple, but someone had to think outside of the box for this one. Y’all see a puddle, I see a man floating.
    Geez how do y’all follow this wonderful site and not think out side of the box.
    I agree with Anon, Delete the posts that are just people screaming at you, because you think our of the box. You do wonderful work here, don’t listen to them.

  15. I went through all of the 186 pages of illusions, and after a while, you just have to say to yourself… Yeah, I’ve seen that before like a hundred-dozen times or so.

    I mean really, once you see a sidewalk chalk drawing using vanishing points created in the viewfinder of a camera, the Twisted Triangle Illusion, the Offset Checkerboard Illusion, and the Endless Staircase for the billionth time… you’ve pretty much have had your fill.

    You should really prune the duplicate images and photos that show the same trick/illusion. It’s not worth going through nearly 200 pages when close to 50% are duplicates.

    And yeah, I have to agree with iriso, you don’t need to add a new illusion daily. Just update if it’s definatly something you’ve never presented before in any way, shape or form, ever before.

    And you would do good if you were to knuckle down and edit the pages to delete duplicates, and the red X boxes… If you published a book, an editor would make you do it, simply because it’s too redundant.

    Love the site. Hope you find some new stuff soon. Thanks for the good times. Keep it up, because I’m a big fan!


  16. Ehm… people… why doesn’t anyone notice the fact that everything else in the picture DOES have a shadow?!?

    I have no doubt it’s a wet spot, but there’s obviously something wrong with his shadow…

  17. I didn’t see the illusion at all, but when i finally did it was a laugh.
    You post whatever you want on your site, V, it’s all good. We, as readers, can’t expect every post to be stunning and complain when we think they’re not.

  18. you guys are either really picky or just plain have no imagination. this is a great illusion! the spot looks like a shadow! look, i know it’s incredibly simple, but that’s what makes it so great. the guy took something that was probably already there and made a really funny photo out of it. most people would have seen that spot and said, “oh, look an oil spot in the road”. this guy saw a photo opportunity. he took something mundane and made it original. i call that creativity.

  19. I like it. So simply made and a cool and creative idea. I agree the illusion works better when the picture size is smaller.
    You don’t need such amazing painting skills to make something cool. :)

  20. Yes the guy is standing near a blob or sort of something.
    The idea was to pretend you are floating The trick was, try to get the right time of the daylight so you wont cast any shadow. It can be done in photoshop or get the right lighting.
    Great job guy!

  21. If i look in the small picture i see a guy kind flying. heheheh
    As soon as the picture get big i can see the wet spot. hauhauaha
    That was really funny.
    I like it ^_^
    Keep the good work.

  22. I don’t know. Of course from the beginning I knew it couldn’t be real, but it took me a long time to see that he wasn’t floating! Very simple, yet so great.

  23. If i look in the small picture i see a guy kind flying. heheheh
    As soon as the picture get big i can see the wet spot. hauhauaha
    That was really funny.
    I like it ^_^

  24. OK sooo its works when its small but… once u magnify it its sooooo obvious. i mean i guessed it before I opened it… its cool though would have NEVER thought of it on my own

  25. he’s standing on the pavement
    and then has drawn a black blob closer to the camera
    and then taken the picture
    so it looks like he’s levitating

  26. That illusion is almost as good the the one we see everytime we “think” we see something fall. You probably won’t beleive this absolutely and utterly amazing truth . . .

  27. uhh you people are life noobs, he just photoshopped his shadow out and either drew that stain on the concrete or pissed it there. fuck this dumb shit, and all of you for being so dumb you guys probably think chris angel has magic powers. kill yourselves.

  28. No Photoshop, it is an overcast day with exposure cranked up to give a daylight like brightness, but the sun is diffuse enough no shadow is visible. It is wonderful because it does thoroughly fool the eye for a fraction of a second. If you look away and glance back and then away again for about half of one second the man looks like he is hovering. When you have time to digest the details the illusion soon flattens out. I would classify this as a transitory illusion vs. a steady state illusion, which is what we are used too.

  29. if u see he is standing on the side walk and the dark spot that looks like his shadow is actually painted to look like he is floating

  30. If you look at his left hip and focus for a few seconds, it’s hard to realize he’s NOT floating. If I look at the picture anywhere else, the illusion doesn’t work for me – he’s just standing near a stain on the ground.

  31. stop dissing people. its genius. would anyone of you ever think of creating an optical illusion when you see a blob? sheesh. and its not photoshopped. its not even a shadow. man people are so stupid.

  32. wats a bloke? and jenny im a person and i hav total proof dat im certainly NOT stupid! 2 me illusions are art and i luv art!

    1. Hey as far as people who don’t have a clue go Alex’s comment on April 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm Which states “its not even sun outside,so the shadow doesn’t have any role there…obviously he’s standing next to it,” Apperently just because it was 7:35 and was not day time or . . .”its not even sun” where he was he can’t see the shadows under the bench and stroller and even the flower beds but great post.

  33. Lol, seriously though, you viewers who criticise this website should really try and make their own; its not so easy. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.

    1. I’m pretty sure that, on the internet, criticism is essential to produce good content. So they can say pretty much whatever the f*ck they want.

  34. You can tell that he’s standing next to a wet spot, but when you stare at it, he really does look like his floating. What an amazing idea he had for an illusion.

  35. I think the guy has jumped a bit from the place where it appears to be wet spot. He is in air when photo is clicked.

  36. Very good stuff. Critiques have the right to have a say. Its part of life that no matter how good something is someone tries to bring it down, it doesn’t mean they don’t like it but are probably rival website. I am not one, but very good optical illusion.

  37. He is merely standing beside a water mark or stain of somekind and our minds cojour it up to be a shadow and so he appears to be floating

    1. “auentic reply”/I here by give you the Stamp, of Authentic. You ever thought of getting into some Science clubs and get an official judges licence [Couldn’t possibly -EVER- do ‘worse” than the pacquiao-bradley JUDGES!]BUT,, “good luck”! ( :

  38. This is pretty impressive, and deceptively simple. If he had been standing with his arms out, Jesus-style, it would have made this pic even more epic though.

  39. Its just an illusion people are idiots analyzing it to much no sh#t if you look at it the right way you’ll see its true nature but it was well done. It was just a fun pick and quite creative i see spots like that all the time and never thought to do that. Stop over analyzing

  40. Amazing how does he do it?
    It must be madjic the proof is the picture.
    It wouldn’t be on the web if it weren’t true!
    I want to join his religion now whatever it is.
    Can I please join the floating people who must be aliens sent to save us and all I need do is give them all my worldly accumulated goods.
    I’m tired of being a frightened American with red and green alerts all I want is to float in the air.
    G. Smart

  41. thats surprisingly good.

    for those who complain about how its not real. Either look up what the word illusion means. Also go make some non computer friends and find a healthly way to make yourself feel good instead of trying to seem superior to a couple random people on the internet.

  42. He seems so undernourished. I feel bad for him. Ankles smaller than his wrists. Is he ok? Please tell use where to send food. :(

  43. OMG! How many retards on this board actually “explaining” how this is not an illusion, how it is done, etc. No shit – EVERYONE knows he is just standing next to a wet spot. That is what makes it so funny. It is so stupid it is funny. And it looks pretty good too, especially under lower resolution. But too many people actually trying to explain this – as if anyone had to wonder. Except for the dummy above who said the person is jumping in air next to the spot. Not THAT is a stupid person!

  44. um… this picture would work, if the sun just happened to be directly above his head and shining only straight down.. his shadow shouldn’t just be a round grey spot on the ground.

  45. It has been a week since I have been watching the first 47 pages till I found this photo! The more interesting fact is that the photo has been shot in my homecity, Iasi, is situated in the North-East of Romania. The area it is called Union Square (Piata Unirii). I was not expecting this website to be related to Romania at all. [img][/img]

  46. This looks photo shopped. Its not proportioned correctly, its probably a calk spot or P.S.ed too. But the res of him and the picture differ and it just looks wrong. Ya know?

    Awesome picture though.

    Hillbilly illusioning it. >:D

  47. I have half a mind to say that this was done on accident. Like that was a stain or spot of some kind and he just happened to be standing in the right place. Its just peculiar that he feet look like they are really in the photo but his upper body doesnt…


  48. *add from the beginning of my last post, it would be funny if it was an accident and they didnt notice till they went back through the pictures haha. But this does seem kind of intentional. Haha this is a awesomely sillly picture.

  49. illusion ????….. only mystery is how anyone would think this is special.

    Well I guess that explains why we have different flavors of ice cream …..

  50. Cool! He should have raised his arms to make it seem like he was attempting to fly off and not just levitate. Neat illusion tho.

  51. what is totally amazing is all the people that have to repeatedly state the fricking obvious!

    we all know hes not really floating dumbarses! we dont need you to “explain” it!

  52. It’s good and catches me for about .05 of one second. If you hadn’t come with the BIG WARNING, I’d of perhaps been unprepared. Then, maybe would have fooled my eyes for .75THS one -second- Get your point. Nice Try! 7:06 am/ 12:24 am

  53. MMMHHH…..

  54. “Aahhhhhh yeah was holding that in for TOO long…oh fuck tourists..side-step yep they’ll never know heh heh”

  55. This is awful. I kept thinking it had to do with the buildings in the background. How is a guy near an oil stain an illusion??

  56. Yep, looks like a guy standing next to an oil stain to me, too. What had me wondering whether it was photoshopped was the prespective of the bldgs in the background and the fact that half the sign seems to be missing. The odds of one’s shadow being spot-on like that are slim. Not sure that any time of day would create that…sun would have to be directly above and…smaller?

  57. I stared at this for a long time wondering what the heck was an illusion. Then I realized that oh, he was supposed to be floating. It’s obvious that he’s just standing on the street next to a stain…


  59. It is looks awesome!! But it is quite obvious that he is standing on flat solid ground and they drew a black dot next to resemble a shadow. Simple but AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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