Dancing Wind Optical Illusion


It was a long and busy weekend for me here. Just to keep you informed, I’m thinking of moving my office (where Mighty Optical Illusions website is maintained) to separate location from my own department. So even though there wasn’t much work on the site itself (for the last 3 days), the work being done still involved this site.

Anyway, for today I dug one of the Rob Gonsalves’s surreal paintings we missed posting before. In the same way Rob managed to fluidly transform his Ships into Aqueduct, as well as seamlesly merged Camels with Palm Trees, this time he pulled something simmilar with dancing couples. How many newly wed couples can you count in the picture below? On the other hand, how many pairs of curtains do you see? When you add all the courtains and all the couples together, is the number corresponding to the rel sum of white objects in this painting?


  • duncan

    Nice painting, but not an illusion. I guess that’s why they call it “surreal”.

  • Care Bear

    I love pictures with grace and movement. Makes me wish I was there.

  • lilgirl

    i see the people dancing i think its the curtains in the back by the people

  • moses

    same sae duncan; the curtains do not resemble couples.

  • moses

    same same i mean =-p

  • Kevin

    I am not quite impressed by this painting.

    Meanwhile the others by him that you linked to were of high quality. (I especially liked the sailboat one)

  • Johnson

    I have to disagree. The illusion here (to me) is clearly that we are led to believe there are more dancers because of the way the curtains are flowing. Much like Rob’s other painting in which we are led to believe there is more bridge than there actually is.

  • Derek

    I am not sure what this is supose to be… where is the illusion

  • dd

    this is a good illusion…i see 2 couples dancing
    and 6 pairs of curtains

  • Polly

    This isn’t an illusion,rather just a nice surrealist style picture.Now Sundays was great.

  • popesantaxiv

    That is very eerie.

  • LOLA6969

    Heeeey very good painting its a true illusion!!! hit’s the top!!

  • Buddy

    How the h*ll do you get the rel sum

  • Detective Kitty

    Although it gives off a illusion-like effect. This isn’t as interesting as some of his other works…

  • Jess

    The curtain’s turn into the dancer’s. So yes, it is an illusion.

  • Jenni

    i think its quite a good illusion – the 4th pair of dancers/5th curtain is hard to classify, and depends on what you’ve looked at prior

  • Monxy

    You may say that it’s an illusion but ya know… I still think that Jacek Yerka is better surrealist

  • herzmeister der welten

    I think the line between curtains and couples is quite clear. ;-)

  • Jupiter

    I have to agree that I see a very clear line between the couples and the curtains. While there is similarity between the two I don’t think it is quite an illusion.

  • Conni

    hmm… I see 3 couples dancing the lady in a white dress- and 5 pair of wihte cutains…8 white candellights…11 white pillar. I don’t understand the sum – it won’t work out ??

  • Tim

    The idea is an M.C. Escher-esque slow transition from blowing curtains to dancing couples. It’s nice, and I appreciate it being posted, but it’s clear why Escher was the master. I see this as a tribute.

  • Maria

    The curtains give the illusion of brides dancing with their grooms. So, in my opinion, it is an illusion. And, I do enjoy this picture, for the record.

  • This is an illusion?? I can totally

  • Those are curtains lol

  • Someone

    The furthest curtain pairs resemble dancing couples
    but it’s a bit creepy…

  • There are actualy 2 people dancing if i see this in real life i woulf say COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Me

    Nice and sirene I like it.

  • Mayra

    The curtains are seperated but as the windows progress the curtains are getting closer and closer until it is the dancing couple…(in the shape of a U) its not really an illusion more of a “story” two seperate entities becoming one… thats what i see from it.

  • leklekpoo

    love it beautiful

  • Grace

    How many newly wed curtains do you see? :)

  • Nat

    i like this one. it’s pretty and kind of eerie

  • MeEgAn GaLaNtE

    Thats so cool like the woman look like the curtains

  • Makeymakeyyy

    Cool drawings. LOVE IT :D

  • O.o

    The curtains in the very back resemble gowns, but i dont see the couples

  • cupcake

    I think we’re the curtains are well in the middle were the window opens that’s were the dancers came out of (“o”)

  • haley

    wow wierd

  • Non of ur biz

    Cool:) I get it.the curtains r also couples.LOL.haha.funny ****

  • Lexie

    That pic is soo not an illuisoin I don’t get it Terrible illuisoin

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