Horsemanning: The Illusion Meme


If you follow internet photo trends, then you’ve probably already seen planking and owling in action. While those memes have no real place here, the newest photo trend, horsemanning, is a perfect match for an illusions blog.

Horsemanning is actually an example of everything old becoming new again. While the trend has been exploding across the net, it actually was a big fad in 1920’s photography. The process is pretty basic: arrange two people so one person’s head can’t be seen and the other person’s head is the only part of their body that can be seen. In the twenties, this was a popular way to imitate the headless horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The modern incarnation of the trend started when someone found the image below at a flea market and then uploaded it on to the net.

Being as how planking and owling both peaked in popularity shortly before this image came out, it’s not too surprising that the trend became huge immediately. It even has its own Facebook fanpage and homepage. What do you guys think of the fad, is it fun? Funny? Or just plain stupid?

Also, have you ever taken goofy illusion photos like this at home?

  • Steve

    Agree! These are much more creative than planking, gargoyling or owling.

  • merrick

    Now I really like the last one. At least it looks more realistic.

  • Jacky Yang

    I like the last one!

  • max

    yyyyyy… ok? it is pathetic and NOT funny

    • Mystery


  • eee efff geee

    awesome its really cool how those people can bend there necks that far, and i think the last one is the best

  • Riv

    The last one is good.

  • ramiro


  • Peter

    Interesting and fun. Had not heard of the 1920’s fad before.

    I like the 1920’s photo and the meat cutter best.

  • leperchaun

    Thats so Funny!

  • Ribber

    haha! Looks like plenty of fun could be had :)

  • love the last one

  • Stanley

    Pretty funny

  • a

    4 one and last are the best

  • Artemis Fowl

    The copier is HILARIOUS!

  • Artemis Fowl

    That is a copier, right?

  • Artemis Fowl

    NOT A COPIER oops!

  • Jessica

    Most visitors to Pisa take similar photos- the old “holding up the leaning tower all by myself” shot

  • Sky

    I love your …portraits!

  • slkf

    kinda sick, but I like them!

  • Ms No Name

    wow it is pretty obvious that there is a second person there but they still look pretty awesome

  • Pygormus

    Yes, stupid but still funny!

  • Aianna

    i think the last one’s the best

  • Care Bear

    People now a days lose their heads over the silliest things.

  • caity

    Hahahahahaha!! i love this illusion its sooo funny!!!

  • Willem

    I think those heads don’t belong to the bodies I see…

  • Thelma Huss

    I think the idea is cute if you use it for your own family and friends…why not.


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  • Ambrily

    The last one is fantastic! :D

  • Rick

    COME ON NOW !! thats almost like the “removing ur middle finger” trick.

  • Yo Girl 123

    how do they bend their necks that far? pretty good.

  • liontiger

    That is cool but I want MOOORRREEEEE

  • Meith

    Its the NEW PLANKING!!!!

  • saad
    check horsemanning photography here and like the page too

  • Jason

    Nice. Check out the Official page

  • Zak

    Is this were someone moves their head so the camera cant see it and the other person just pops up their head?


    is the 2nd picture from the top taken from FEU-Philippines ??

  • Nina Garica

    this is really cool and all but what i really wanna see is that Physco illusion ive heard of it but i cant find it.

  • violet

    creepy sort of.

  • CAT

    Talk about flexible…

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