Left Brain, Right Brain Magic Trick

Allright here’s what I want you to do – while sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction and there’s nothing you can do about it!

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273 Replies to “Left Brain, Right Brain Magic Trick”

  1. what happens when a friend or a machine continues moving your foot in clockwise circles, cant you paint the 6 then?

  2. this is like the pat your head rub your stomach trick. it only works if you don’t realize what is going to happen. ask someone else to do it and after they have for a while ask them which direction their foot is going.

  3. if you start at the top of the six it’s very hard to keep your foot going in clockwise circles. but if you start in the middle of the six (as many left-handed people do) it is very easy.

  4. Ummm, this may sound freaky..but I did it..and I really didnt think about it…what now? And I thought I wasnt smart…lol..well bye

  5. Eh?
    fisrt time ive done it… nuthin happened! :) i guess i have a deformed brain.. or im better than you guys or the person that made this up :D jk

  6. I tried it on my family and no one could do it!! We all moved our foots the other way… we had a good laugh.. But Ben helped me out. It is easier if you do your sixes backwards… do the circle followed by the tail. Thanks BEN!!!! 6

  7. I can do rotate all four of my limbs independantly. Perhaps it has something to do with being a drummer, and being able to control all of my limbs independantly anyway. Still, neat stuff.

  8. this was weird. i did wit ma right foot and it work and then i tried wit ma left and it worked. on right and left i did counter~clock~wise and it went clock~wise!!!!!!!! lol!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I did it and it worked….dunno if it has somthing to do with being 12 (younger than most people who tried) anyway thx for the laughs…this whole site Rocks!

  10. At first i tried and could not do it. So I thought about how to trick myself into doing it for a second. If you start at the top of the circle vs the top point of the 6 both your hand and foot are going in the same direction.

  11. ok… if you draw the 6 backwards… you’ve totally defeated the purpose of this test… the point is – its difficult to rotate your right arm and right leg in opposite directions to each other… if you’re gonna try drawing the 6 backwards, then you should be turning your foot anti-clockwise.

    … btw after a couple of tries i still couldn’t do it… LOL!

  12. i can do it on second go, but wobbly, try starting the 6 backwards not from the tip but from the end of the circle bit, u can do it then

  13. i’m 13 too and i didn’t make it! =P i know another one like this:lift your left foot and make clockwise circles,than try to draw the number “8” with your right hand.try it =) if someone makes it:wooow man!you’re the best!no one i know has made it!

  14. hi everyone!
    im a girl and i have no boyfriend but a girlfriend!! and im like soooo happy because we’re going to “see” each other later! i cant wait!

  15. i was able to rotate my foot clockwise and make 6’s. 1st try. not that terribly difficult. it takes a bit of concentration though.

  16. Disappointing for me :( …

    Did it 1st try, wasn’t even thinking about it lol. After thinking about it and trying again it was actually harder… hehehe

  17. I found that if I simply made a counter clockwise circle, I could maintain my foot in a clockwise motion. But if I was positive to make a 6 with my hand my foot would change.

  18. r u guys sure u did it???
    did u do it with ur left hand by mistake
    i used mi left hand nd thought i did it but *sigh* i didnt

  19. Uh… That’s actually really easy for me… I did it right the first time… It’s a little harder when you stand up, but if your not retarded I can’t see how you would have a problem with it.. Sorry

  20. It didn’t work for me, instead, my right foot started to crack with each turn like i’ve got arthiritis or summat. is that suppose to happen as well

  21. It worked! Another trick is to rub your tummy in circles with one hand, the other tap your head. It’s sort of hard, but you’ll get used to it, depending about your health. (I think.)

  22. I tried to not think about the foot and see if it would happen, but it kept going the right direction the entire time and I wasn’t thinking about it. But, then again, I’m a bit weird.

  23. it didn’t work at first…. then i realised that i was going the wrong way to begin with…. i’m gonna have hours of fun now…… :P

  24. wow! it worked for me! that’s crazy! It made my foot change directions even when I prepared my brain and hand to shape the 6!

  25. I’ve done something like this before, only instead we were supposed to make a sideways figure 8 (or infinity sign) rther than a 6.

  26. i teistd and turned, i trid and trid again………

    but i still couldn’t get my foot to change direction. that is the crappest optical illusion ive ever seen!!!

  27. I dont get it, a kid in class was telling me about this, and i just did it, i dont get what is so hard… i can even do figure eights and go counter clockwise with my right hadn while my right foot is going clockwise… i was told that it was physically impossible… but i dont get it its so simple…

  28. wowww that was fun.
    it didn’t work for me at first, at all, because i make my 6’s starting in the circle and going up, aka counterclockwise. but after i remembered that most people start at the top, i tried that and it TOTALLY worked. whoo. that was crazy!

  29. you can cheat by simply starting from where you would normally end a 6….that way your strokes a rea clockwise and coincide with you foot movement

  30. You can do it if you draw the six in a clockwise spiral-like way.
    @ Anonymous: the way you draw your 6’s, from the circle, that way I was able to do it easier. Is there something wrong with me?

    This exercize seems to be exactly like rubbing your stomach in circles and patting your head at the same time, except I can do that first try.

  31. I already new that. There is another one that if you stand in a door way, put your arms down at your side then press them against the door way with your palm side down as hard as you can. Then after 30 seconds take your arms down and they should rise without you doing anything!! Try it it is really weird.

  32. Excellent, it worked with me! It is due to the activation of an ancient survival instinct, that was important for the jumping among the trees of our monkey predecessors.

  33. Excellent, it worked with me! It is due to an activation of an ancient survival instinct, that was important for the jumping among the trees of our monkey predecessors.

  34. yes you can, all you have to do is draw the six backwards no matter what order the combo is ( right foot, left hand: left foot, right hand ) It works all ways.

  35. Seriously – how do you do that? I didn’t even concentrate – I as reading a book and a got a friend to look and she said that it didn’t work on me!

  36. um… it didn’t change directions…
    I didn’t need to concentrate or anything, it just didn’t change…. guess my brain is messed up ^-^

  37. Oh dear, I cant both! My foot just starts swinging backwards and forwards before kicking my desk… tried it 4 times… What is wrong with me!?

  38. for all those who said it doesnt work……probably cos they consider themselves VERY clever! They all talk sh1t. Fact: people who think with the right hand side of their brain ALWAYS think they are right!!!!

  39. I am ambidexterous. I can rub my belly and pat my head at the same time. I can writr a 6 with my right hand, and turn clockwise circles. also with left side, counterclockwise! Does being amidexterous have to do with it?

  40. actually drummers can do it i can coz this nurse told me to try it to stop my bordem sooo then after a lil while i could do it coz i drum a lil bit lol ^.^

  41. hmm… seem i CAN do both~~ the first time!!!~~~ its not hard at all~~~ (i think it has something to do with playing the violin…)

  42. it actually does work if you write the 6 by starting at the bottom circle and make the circle clockwise and then go up and end with the stem of the 6

  43. I am doing a project for my AP psychology class on right and left brain and i was just curious as to how this trick determines which brain is more dominate for you.

  44. Lol!!!!! It’s really hard, but I have this math teacher who can draw with his right hand a circle in the air and with the other a triangle in the opposite way… Hard!!!

    1. it does not work. i am 10 and i can keep my foot in the right direction, with a 6 in the air

  45. I’m not sure. I think this is the same difficulty as doing two different things with your two hands. They’ll try and mimic each other, you have to restrain yourself otherwise. The loop of the 6 is going in a CCW motion. Your foot goes CCW as well. It could be a brain trick, but I’m not positive.

  46. to tell you the truth, at first i thought it wouldn’t work but know i’m banging my head against the wall. Great Job?

    One question though, Why did you put a camel foot next to what you wrote?????????????????

  47. when u relax that will happen, but if u will ur foot to stay in the same direction u can do something about it
    but for some ppl even if they use all their willpower their leg wud still turn to the opposite direction becuz they have a different kind of brain

  48. I did it A LOOOOOT of times in a row….only ONCE it did what u said it would do. the other time nothing happened…

  49. LOL So, i made my boyfriend do it and he was freaking out cause he couldn’t keep his foot going clock-wise! lol He looked so silly doing this for like 20 min.! Jeza

  50. Yea i could do it at the same time..just dont ming your right hand drawing the number six on air focus on your right foot.

  51. Yea i could do it at the same time..just dont mind your right hand drawing the number six on air focus on your right foot.

    1. “Alright” is not proper grammar. The correct spelling is “all right”. Get it straight before you criticize the spelling of others. To another commenter that is not a camel’s foot, it is a horse’s hoof.

  52. i had no trouble…fun trick, but the implications presented here are a bit misleading – believe it or not, there are people who use the two halves (of their brain) as a whole ;)

  53. Actually it only worked for me when I started drawing the 6 from the top and moving down [I normally write it starting from the circle]
    Very interesting.

  54. Wow… that’s awesome… even if my foot stays in the same motion, then my hand goes off course and makes waves. It’s the same for your left hand and foot…

  55. Silly. It’s very easy to do and my foot does not change direction. Neither did it effect the other five people in my office that way. So… my question is why does it effect a very few that way? Birth defect? To much caffeine? Or are those of us who can do it defective and those that can’t not because they have better wiring between feet and hands that leaves there brain free to do more important things?

  56. If you are able to do it easily, then it points to neurological problems. Office workers, most likely don’t get up and move around enough, allowing proper circulation which can promote the advancement of neurological disorders.

  57. does anyone have an explanation as to why this is happening?
    what is the brain doing?
    why is the brain not able to give orders to foot and hand in opposing direction?

  58. wow
    is it normal for me to be able to keep my foot moving clockwise while i draw a six?
    i dont even feel myself trying to change direction
    it just doesnt move
    FAIL

  59. It’s easy for drummers, who can move both hands and feet independently-or anyone who practices intricate movements like dancers, circus performers, etc.

  60. do you realize that you’re not suppose to be able to do this. it’s actually been proven through science. it uses a different part to concentrate with drawing the number,that’s why the leg will switch to match. those who are saying it didn’t happen, are probably not realizing. it’s not a distinct feeling. it’s very subtle.

  61. There are different types of intelligence.

    Those who have not learned muscle memory or physical skills will have a very difficult time with this.

    For the average person if they let their instincts do the movement they will have no self control of the body parts independently.

    For those of us with any kind of physical training where you learn to move parts of the body through your own choices rather than by letting the brain do so by instinct, this will be easy to do (or at least easy to do with practice)

    I can go either way with this. If I do not think about the process and I simply ask my body to do the test, I will fail as expected. If instead I take control of both appendages by choice and create the movements as separate thought processes, it is no problem to do the correct movements without disturbing each other.

    As has been stated, drummers, dancers, chopper pilots, martial artists, anyone with physical training who has learned independent control of muscles can do this.

    It’s even possible to retrain natural instincts (why do you think repetitive motions are used in physical training? You start out by choosing new movements, you practice them until they replace your instincts and no longer require active thought.

    This entire illusion depends on finding average people who have not learned the basics of muscle memory training.

  62. The trick is to disconnect your hands from your hands. Most people have alot of trouble doing tasks that require precise movements with they’re feet while using their hands as well. It’s not something you practice everyday mind you! Drummers usually have this problem when they first pick up their sticks and hit the snare, while in turn trying to keep the bass in rythm. But, practice makes perfect. It is possible to disconnect your hands from your feet…

  63. ik why and im only 11. cause the way u draw a 6 is by starting right and moving left like a counterclockwise clock. your mostly concentrated on drawing the CCwise 6 so you foot goes CCwise 2 !
    smart me.

    1. Thus utterly defeating the purpose, and you still could only do it if you slowed your foot spin down til it’s almost not moving.

  64. Liars! I am an athletic, ambidextrous drummer who had to over think the trick and STILL have trouble keeping that foot on track when using my right hand (left hand, right foot is a breeze). Quit lying, you’re just like everyone else…

    Btw: I was only a few hours away from getting my helicopter pilots license….Timbo, I’m talking to YOU!

  65. I heard about this a few years ago and had no problem. It takes practice. I always wanted to be a drummer so I found that plays a part.
    I can do clockwise circles with right foot, counter clockwise with left, 6’s with right hand, backwards 6’s on left at the same time.
    I can barely talk at that point though.
    I have to prepare what I want to say before i start, and then I can let it out.

  66. Ok it actually works but I have to wonder if someone made this up just for a chance that someone would walk in the room and see you doing this and think that you are a total idiot?! Becaus e thats what happened to me!!!

  67. is it just me, or does someone else draw six’s from the middle??? so this illusion doesn’t really work with me, am i strange???

  68. I find that I can keep them moving opposite each other when concentrating on other things but when I think about it they go in the same direction….

  69. didn’t work for me for six or seven, I had total control over both hand and foot. Then I tried the number eight- my foot went wacko, I had absolutely no control over it at all.

  70. Very fake does not work never has never will unless you are physically challenged and cannot control your body

  71. I am thirteen years old. I tried it, sitting down on a stool and my right foot impulsively switched its motion direction when drawing a six with my right hand’s index finger in mid air! It worked the first two times, when I just let my body do what It would have instinctively done, but when I actually tried keeping the same direction and concentrated on doing so, I was able to. Neat trick though! ;)

  72. That’s pretty weird, I never noticed that. Drawing a 6 in the air with the right hand is a counterclockwise motion. At best, your right foot will only move back and forth.

  73. Its very easy if you write 6 in a different way. Start writing 6 clockwise from where the end and body of the number meet…….
    It’s really simple!

    1. But then that wouldn’t be right, while also ruining the enjoyment of this marvellous trick. Thanks Vurdlak.

  74. hey would you please do the morally right thing and spread the truth about September 11th 2001 (NYC 9/11) and July 7th 2005 (LDN 7/7) far and wide…. George bush LIAR

  75. Eh, I’m young. Not to hard overcome it. All depends on the anatomy of your brain I guess. Dont mean I’m smarter just more corridinated.

  76. this is a fantastic illusion, unfortunately i learned to draw sixes the incorrect way so it doesn’t work for me unless i get totally confused about which way I’m drawing my six!

  77. This failed on me.. I’m not left-handed although I can write and do stuff on my left hand, but I use my right hand more.

    Oh wells :D

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