Mercedes Re-Invents Marilyn-Einstein Optical Illusion


While browsing internet archives for some new billboards, I’ve stumbled upon a peculiar ad done by Mercedes-Benz. It’s depicts their attempt to re-invent the classic Marilyn Monroe – Albert Einstein illusion, and give it a whole new meaning! Apart from saying this poster was done for the new Viano, there is no need to explain it further as the images below speak for themselves. What you’ll see further below (inside this post) is a close up of a central photo. When did it switch?!! I think this example perfectly showcases original illusion in action! You can see the full size poster by opening the photo below in a new window.

  • Honey

    this is totally perfect illusion ;bbb

  • Miranda

    If you back away from the closer one, you’ll see the transition from intelligence to beauty.

    • aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      wow! yeah I did that! Thanks…fantastic!

  • Ashley B

    Hey that’s cool!

  • WOW, I like it

  • honey

    that’s really cool!!!!

  • chris

    cool! i totally thought it was marylin monroe.
    isnt that one of those hybrid illusions?

  • Brad

    i need to forcefully zoom in a WHOLE LOT to get albert einstein to appear, and i’m not even on that high of a screen resolution! :P With optical illusions liek this though, screen resolutions do play a big part…

  • ky

    it switched to a/e when i got farther away

  • vrej

    i fell for it too! :) nice illusion

  • Slammer

    I don’t particularly like this illusion, but done this way it is kinda cool.

  • Dani

    This is awesome! I have seen the illusion before but it’s clever the way they incorporated it into an advertisement.

  • layne

    hahahaha!!! nice one

  • oohwow

    this is cool, if you squint at the close up of einstein you can see marilyn again!

    • Annie

      yeah.. dont work for me.

  • Samuel Norbury

    that’s really cool

  • Richard Haviland

    I must agree, “sheer intelligence”………

  • First

    love it

  • Hahah3…

    Got it…

  • SnowBerey

    hahaha funny

  • haha thats great

  • Alex

    Just squint!

  • FIRST ……maybe cool illusion

  • fossda

    is it scary 1st comment yay

  • very clever. blur your eyes and it goes back to being marilyn.

  • We have had that one before…

  • Yulia

    That is really cool, I think :)

  • herzmeister der welten

    women with beards … brrrrr

  • Jessica

    Einstein looks really creepy. It’s a great idea, but it wasn’t executed very well.

  • It also works if you just squint your eyes.. nice illusion(:

  • John Foo Heng Wei

    Wooo first Anyway cool illsuion though

  • Andrew

    good…Woman to einstine

  • colin

    i was prepared for that, but mercedes?

  • ap


  • hello


  • fossda

    no it isnt sorry

  • Yes indeed “sheer intelligence”……..

  • asianpearlkeeper

    That’s awesome!

  • Whittney

    LOVE IT!!!

  • Jim

    finally, someone with a lot of beauty and brains

  • suzanne becker

    loves that

  • Aaaaaaaand this chick

    That’s totally awesome :3

    (and if you move back from the “sheer intelligence” one, it turns to beauty :D XD)

  • john


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