Mad Scientist’s Soccer Team Illusion

Hy people! I was away for few days, thus no illusion has been posted since Friday. I’m back to update the site, and share this funny-looking illusion with you. The Mad Scientist in this animated gif composed a paranormal soccer team. There are 11 players available, but when the gif changes there are only 10. Where has the extra man disappeared? If I’m right, this optical illusion is a modification from original “Extra Man” illusion, as well as similar to Leprechauns Illusion.

Just to clear some things, optical illusion Facebook application, that some of you have added to their facebook profile, pulls the latest illusion from this blog, and displays it on your Facebook profile. Sometimes I miss updating illusions on this site, so it may happen that you get same illusion two days in a row. Please bear with me, as I’m trying to post them daily.

91 Replies to “Mad Scientist’s Soccer Team Illusion”

  1. ive figured it out the man on the very bottom left doesn’t get fully completed when it switches. if you look the top of his head is flat.

    the top half of the image is scooted to the right

  2. I believeyou got the numbers wrong. I counted 11 and then 12, not 10 and 11 as you stated the illusion is. Just to let you know! A fun one though!

  3. hah yeah ive seen this before

    basically, each of the men give a little part of themselves and they make the a new soccer player. see how some players feet dont exactly match up correct at the second fram? and alot of the players seem a bit smaller during the second frame? well thats because body parts were switched around, taking a tiny tiny bit off each one to form another figure.

  4. I looked at this for 5 minutes and can’t figure out how it works. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, but seriously, this is awesome!

  5. hmm… i have it as far as when the picture is flipped the bodies are missing parts such that when you paste them together it creates an entire person. as to how the new body is formed whole- so far i am stumped. any help?

  6. OOH got it!!

    if you take the split to create a top and a bottom to each player, then when they are flipped the far left player does not get a top even though he loses one. the extra player comes because the tops of the right group are able to start from the second left player. Also the far right player in the first view loses his bottom but we dont notice it. these two plus the discrepancies in bodies noted in my previous comment allow us to perceive a twelfth player.

    good one.

  7. Actually, there are 12 players the second time. At first, this seems like a creative illusion, but when you look closely, you see the hair of someone makes shows for another person. It was a good illusion before I looked closer though.

  8. i think that this illusion is amazing, but has anyone ever found a website that has the solution to it because i really want to know how it works

  9. hmmm, well someone cant count! as he has 12! and then after he has 13! really, vurdlak, try and do the illusion yourself before posting, would dave a lot of confusion.

    nonetheless. good illusion, and i still dont get how its done, i got the first illusion bout this , but not this… hmmm




  11. I will say that it is the bestest illusion gif and I never saw like this before. How the cutting image works its falwless and amazing one.

  12. regarding the count discrepancy, is states “players” Not people. with the coach included, it is 11 and 12 instead of 10 and 11. Really cool illusion. Makes my head hurt this monday morning….

  13. I’ve seen this illusion before in grade school. The same thing was done with money: lining up x number of $20 bills, cutting them, and taping them together differently to make x + 1 bills. (It’s the reason why US bills have to have serial numbers match on both sides of the bill.) Each player is cut in a certain way so that each gives a little “piece” of themselves to form a new player.

  14. If you look carefully, you’ll see that in the first part, asking if he has 11 players, the players are all relatively tall. in the second part, asking if theres an extra one, the players are all much shorter. some players switch half their bodies to form a whole new body.

    great illusion!




    HI DEVIKA!!!

  16. well, i didn’t figure out the illusion, but there are 11 and then 12 men instead of 11 and then 10. a man didn’t disappear, a new one appeared. pretty cool, though.

  17. yea when the image shifts over, it uses little parts of the other players to create the illusion that there are more players. its cool tho

  18. Iv got it!! and i mean completly not like what everyone else is saying…well it took me awhile but i noticed there was one guy who didnt get a part but gave up a part in the most lower left…well i kept following the parts basically where i would follow where the part goes then wait on the body until it got its orginal parts back then i followed its part that it trades…

    think of the players as the number 10 for 10 diferent parts

    the first gives up 1 so hes still 9 which still appears as a full person. the next person have 11 parts then gives up 2 parts and so on and so forth. each person then gets more and then gives more so that they always equal 9 which still looks like they are full well then this all adds up until finally they gather a whole body…well i guess this is mostly like what people said but this explains what they mean…sorry but the big wall o’ text but i got excited for figuring this out

  19. In my opinion the ‘original image’ contains the 12 players and then parts are rearanged so you get 11 somewhat larger players.

    What you _could_ do if you have some time left, is save the gif or capture 2 screenshots, open the 2 states in a picture editor (i used paint and it worked OK).

    Next erase the teacher and the 2 players that apear in full in the top half in both images, the shoes are not that important.

    Now cut up the 2 image in 2 tops and 2 bottoms, the way the gif does it.

    You can use colors, lines or whatever to show where to bodyparts go, so you see some players grow larger as the lose a whole player.

    Good luck! (If i had some decent webspace I’d post a link to my worked out files, it’s still quite complicated but fun to sort out)

  20. Football (known in the US only as soccer) is the most popular sport in the world. I think that only in the US that is not true. Being so, anyone in the world (but Americans) know since they are kids that a footbal team is comprised of 11 players.

  21. I’ve figured it out! The guy with the black shirt at the top right loses part of his shoe and moves over to the left side. He only moves over, he doesn’t put his top half over another bottom half. At the same time, the coach puts on his shoe. The guy with the black shirt is the extra guy that makes you count 12 players instead of 11. Also, the guy at the bottom left loses his hair and doesn’t gain a new one. But I don’t think that does anything to change the number of players.

  22. I took the image with most players and pasted it into Graphic Converter on my Mac. I then selected each man in turn starting at left with the one with the lowest feet and working upwards through the feet position heights. Each man was then pasted into a new image plane separated by a fixed distance – lowest on the left – the ‘Prof.’ on the right.

    Now if I select the upper half of this new image from just above the left man’s head and just below the ‘Profs.’ feet and slide it one man position to the left it all becomes clear.

    I have the image but I am not sure how to post it. It is only 700 * 150 pixels.

    A very clever sequence – easier to unscramble than to conceive and build in the first place.

    Bob J.

  23. Its because the player (top middle on the first screen top left on the second screen) uses the mad scientist feet! He doesn’t replace another players feet but the mad scientists!!!

    take that you devils!

  24. i kno how it works the persons feet gets cut off and then the lay takes it watch the kid on the opposite side of the lady his feet look weird

  25. It’s quite simple, in the end: you start with 11 “long” guys and end up with 12 “short” guys. Only you don’t notice because only a little bit from the original 11 is missing. The giveaway in all these illusions is that in the configuration with one extra guy (or banknote, or leprechaun, call it what you will) one of the guys is missing a top, and one is missing a bottom. All the others are missing a different part in the middle, but small enought not to be noticeable.

  26. Essentially, one guy loses half of his legs and gains a little black line from the professor’s shoes to replace them and he looks OK. (In the original picture, he’s the 6th from the right, counting all players).

    The Fourth player from the left loses most of his guts and gets chucked straight onto a pair of legs so he looks OK.

    Finally, the third player from the left loses most of his head and gets a little bit of black lines to make him look OK, the 7th player from the left donates that little bit, and he gets reimbursed for his hair by the guy on the far left (who doesn’t get his hair replaced).

    All of these references refer to the picture in which there are only 11 players (not when there becomes 12 players).

    As annoying an answer as it is, there really is no creating any new player, it’s just that a few of them are chopped up a bit so their parts can look OK elsewhere. To try it, copy the images, and mark each of the body parts with a particular color dot and then do the transformation and you can see who gets who’s body parts.

  27. Most of you got it wrong. Some of you think they got it right but didn’t. Some got it but couldn’t really explained it… #60 got it right but doesn’t tell you how to do it.
    My indepth explaination (I even tell you how to make your own ^^)

    Original frame: 11 players + 1 coach
    Modified frame: 12 players + 1 coach

    Where is the extra player?
    At the top middle left. In the original frame there’s a blank spot then a player.

    Every player are giving a bit of themselves to form the extra one. Some have noticed that the player are “smaller” in the second frame and that on the bottom left loses a part of his head but doesn’t get one back… Well that’s only the start! If you folow where it goes, then wait on that player for its original piece to come back then follow where his top goes and so on, you’ll notice that every time the piece thats moving is getting bigger and in the end you will find the spot where one appears.

    Simply by the way they are positioned. To create a drawing/picture like this you have to start by cuting the paper first. Cut in half horizontally and anywhere vertically on the top half. Position the first guy anywhere at the bottom half with a little piece of his head being on the top half. Invert the 2 top pieces of paper and now draw a new guy from the head top (his feet level should be higher). Put the paper bacj in it’s original state then complete the head a little taller. Move the paper again and draw the bottom from where the piece is and so on…

    Took me some time to figure it out, but I couldn’t sleep without finding how this was possible :)


  28. the guy on the very right goes to the middle and the guy right next to the scientist takes his spot so those two lines stay the same(total two) the two next to the guy at the right move to the two lines at the left adding 1 to each row so they go from 2 to 3 each. one from the line with 3 in the first part is taking and in the second part 2 are added on the left

  29. look. the person drew a line.
    he put 12 people on the line, each getting a little higher as hew went to the right. the he carefully placed them in a rectangle and made the two cuts. look it up in google.(1213 solution)

  30. I’ve been staring at it so long my eyes are starting to hurt. I still can’t figure it out and everyone’s explanation dosen’t make sense. :(

  31. I FIGURED IT OUT!!! The Bottom of coach’s feet turn into a player’s feet, that player`s body goes to another players set of feet, those feet then go to another body, so on so forth, until a whole player (minus a small amount of hair)goes to an empty space! If you think about it, it makes sense. if you have time, watch where each part goes.

  32. It’s as simple as this:

    The guy on the far left lost his head, and the guy with the black shirt split his feet into two sets.

  33. Imagine if the guy furthest left loses a part of his body but not a little bit of hair only and the guy furthest north loses part of his legs but not a little bit of his shoes only, you will see where the extra one comes from.

  34. Ok, the black shirted boy is lifted off his feet and has ‘new’ feet that he stands with when he switches to the left.

  35. I understand one guys hair is moved (all the way to the left) and is put on another face, so he keeps his face still,and it creates another head, i think!

  36. One guy’s hair is taken, then he doesn’t get it back. One guy loses the bottom of his shoes, and doesn’t get it back. Although this doesn’t make one person, when they’re given to the right people they become the two halves of the extra person.

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