Music for Nurses Illusion


There was this record called “Music for Nurses”, whose cover I received back in the old days in way of illusion submission. I never managed to decode the name of the band which was printed as a negative in central position of the cover. Person who sent me this said it was easy, but it took some cheating (Google) before I could see what it says. I decided to share this one, and am more than interested to see how well you manage to decipher the hidden text. Remember not to cheat, and please be honest when reporting how long did it take before you could read it!

  • OCEANSIZE?????

  • Confused Guy

    The tags for this one kinda ruined it for me, I see how it would have taken a long time, but I always read everything my eyes fall upon, and so I noticed the name of the band in the tag section.. tut tut :/

  • After about 3 minutes, I see Oceansize. Is that right?

  • Basch

    The title-tag of the image says “oceansize”, which ruined the illusion for me, because I hovered my mouse accidently. And since I know what it should read, I can actually see how :)

  • .mau.

    I read oceansize, but it took me at least 20 seconds, if not 30. I started from the sz, then I noticed that it was written in lowercase, so the last letter is an e and not a g, and then started again from the left.

  • It took me 6 minutes but I think the name is OCEANSIZE
    It was tricky, but when you see some letters then they all become visible

    Patrick Schouten
    The Netherlands

  • Jules

    i got it except for the i (thought it was oceansze) but then realized the band name was in the tag u.u!!

  • Tom


  • rad

    i know that size is the ending

  • Kirsten

    It looks like OCEAN SIZE to me.
    I have drawn things similar things.
    They fascinate me.

  • Fae

    ive been looking at it for ten minutes and i still cant see what it says lol

  • hishabi

    is it “ocean size”?

  • I think this says: Ocean Size. Hope is correct! =D

  • lon

    had problems with the first word but now I got it

  • Devin

    I know this one; it’s oceansize. Great band! I highly recommend checking them out.

  • KuB

    Ok, GOT IT !

    It took me like 3 or 4 minutes, and 2gm of aspirin.

  • Soumyee

    It didn’t take me more than five minutes to start seeing the letters, but I missed out I, because of lack of white filler needed in writing it. Also, for a while, I thought the first and fifth letters were same until I noticed a flattening of the white central filler at the bottom where the fifth letter should be, so that made it N!

    I read it as Oceansze, and then searched online to see if it’s true, and found the missing I.

  • sabrina

    cearisize i think i guessed on the R and I its difficult to see… took me about 2 min or so

  • Kiweagle

    It took me ages to finally see it and I still had to confirm what their band name is online.

    As a Graphic Designer, I gotta say that this is one of the worst covers I’ve ever seen. A band struggles desperately for name recognition and the creator has turned it into a puzzle I’m pretty sure almost no-one wants to solve.

    The “White Album” or “Black Album” with nothing on the front is one thing, but it kinda helps to be incredibly famous before you try something like that.

  • About 2 seconds…after I rolled over the image accidentally and saw the name of the picture. :-P

  • The second half of the word was easy but I was having trouble with the first half. I moved my cursor over one of the letters that I deciphered and the name of the image file popped up… which gave it all away. So I can’t say I solved it and I can’t say how long it would’ve taken. Nine letter word where the trouble is the first and fifth letters for an unusual word. Good luck

  • Edward Anderson

    ***Spoiler Alert***

    Answer found at following link

    ***That is all***

  • movocelot


  • Kyle

    Uhhh… Well it kinda says “oceansize” when you scroll over it so… Anyway, I really couldn’t figure it out until I read that. You just have to look at it in a special way I guess…

  • Took me about 20 minutes total of looking (not all at once, I’m not that patient) to finally see it, but it took my friend about 5 seconds.

  • Deborah

    Actually, I had all but one letter in less than 5 minutes when I accidently put the mouse on the object and the name came up – still a good illusion

  • bg

    it says oceansize and it tooked 4 hours to decrypt that:)

  • Well this would actually be pretty hard if not one of the tags right underneath the image already gave it away :P

  • Matze

    the ‘size’-part was easy.

  • David

    Omg!! It took me like 30 minutes to figure it out xD but wow! Nice illusion, I like it :)

  • Danielle

    the only thing i could make out is “es” in the first word and “size” as the second word. i got that match by accident. i stared at the image so long the display on my Blackberry started to go off to conserve the battery life. when that happens the backlight fades out slowly. thats when i saw the s and e in “size” so i tried squinting at the image and it worked…sort of

  • I can see “cea size” (saw it right away) but that doesn’t make sense to me. I must be missing something

  • Klunk

    That only too a few minutes….3 at the most…I don’t want to post the name so that other people have the chance to figure it out on their own.

  • ajazcap


  • corrado mattioli


  • Ruud

    I found the name of the band without cheating, but I didn’t see it before quite some trying. Especially the first letter was hard for me to decipher. I think it took me 3 minutes. Spoiler alert: Don’t read the Tags if you want to decipher the hidden tekst yourself.

    Continue the great work moillusions!

  • It took me about 10 sec’s…But it was because I wanted to save the picture to my computer (I wanted to open it with Paint, and invert the colors) : But then i saw the filename…
    Consider naming the filename some other thing in the future, because something similar has happened to me before, here on the MOI-site :)

  • Anna

    I believe it says Ocean Size.. it took me about 3 minutes to see it and no i didnt cheat. I saw the cean right away… it took me a few moments to see the o.

  • fernando

    a little bit difficult to read… but it says OCEANSIZE… the “size” part is pretty obvious, also the “cea”, the rest is for guessing xD

  • Izumi

    I was able to understand the second word of the band name pretty quick, but still have a hard time seeing the first.

  • Bruges

    Took me a while, not sure if i’m right.

  • it says size at the end… took me 10 seconds… can’t decipher the beginning yet :-)

  • jcm

    couldn’t make the first letter (thought it was an I), and never heard of the group so i’d never guess it… but the rest took about 3 mins and some distance… then i googled it, je

  • eden

    ocean size

  • Jesper

    It says oceansize.

    I would have never guessed it if I hadn’t put my cursor over the picture and seen the link at the bottom, or held the cursor over the picture causing it to show the title next to it.

  • Dante Necros

    it took me about 25 sec. before I could read it.
    It says: OceanSize, doesn’t it?

  • ali

    I can’t get the first word (assuming it is two the way it looks) – seems to have an e in it. The second word appears to be size, but I’m seeing an extra letter (my brain can’t decide if it’s an i or l, or maybe o) right before the s.

  • ali

    could you please not post the answer in the tags? I was still trying to figure it out and then glanced at the tags by accident. such a spoiler.

  • Stone

    15-20 seconds

  • Craig Schaff

    Was figuring it out fairly good, within seconds I had MOST of the lettering figured out.. until I saw the ‘tag’ at the bottom spelling out the Bands name and name of the music.. Oceansize.
    PLEASE HIDE the answers better!!!!
    Thank you

  • TheIdiots

    about 3 minutes and it reads as I see it OCEANSZE though not quite sure

  • muffin

    Oceansize!! it took me about 1 minute! the “size” is easier to see than the “ocean” :P

  • t00tall10169

    got it. took about 3 1/2 minutes.

  • DixonHill

    Looks like “Oceansize”

  • 5 minutes… it’s a difficult one, since some are not what you expect…
    Zooming in helps ;)

  • Barbarella

    I saw the word “size” right away but can’t make out more than an “e” in the first word. Still can’t.

  • Jessica

    I see oceaosize… until I saw the tag that said oceansize. There is a slight difference between the o and the n. This is pretty cool though

  • Tess


  • Joe

    I saw the word “size” instantly but had a really hard time seeing the first word until i googled it and even then, i see it now but its not very clear

  • oceansize – 2-3 seconds to see.
    this one was easy but pretty cool

  • Herman

    It took me a few minutes!

    If you have the answer then go to:

    But, first replace the word SOLUTION by your answer!

  • luke

    its easy

  • David

    Pretty cool, 25 seconds.

  • Ramiro Espinoza

    What Does It Say?

  • laura

    easy it took me about 5 mins and thats been tottally honest

    btw spoiler: oceansize- worked out with no cheats 2 :)

  • Alvaro


  • jmfranco

    about 20 seconds. Never heard of them befor. Googled only to verify not cheat ;)

  • Jesse

    I think you might want to take the name of the picture out of the equation. While I was trying to figure it out I hovered over the image and it’s name came up.

  • It took me a few minutes because I don’t know the band. But then I let the mouse linger over and you have the answer in your picture tag. You might want to remove that.

  • Ian

    Ocean size, found this as my curser was on image

  • Jordan

    Oceansize? Doesn’t make much sense, but that’s all I can figure that it could be. The ‘O’ and ‘n’ took me a while to figure out, but I got ‘size’ right off the bat.

  • Brittany

    ‘ocean size’ I saw it almost immediately

  • Dr X

    Maybe it would be a good idea that the hover of the image didn’t reveal the name of the group, but it’s only a suggesstion :)

  • popcorn

    10 secs, no joke. I love this type of illusion! :D

  • A Snail

    Got it :) and it was correct when I checked on Google.

    Took a couple of minutes to get the whole lot, the last 4 letters where relatively easy, but getting the first part proved tricky. It doesnt help that band names never make sense even if you can read them, so guessing at letters only partially works.

  • debbie

    last bit is ‘size’ – looks like ‘eaosize’ with a letter or two at the front?

  • RAMON!

    It says OceanSize. :D

  • oceansize?

  • nyansapo

    The hidden text I think spells out “ocean size”. took me less than a minute to crack it

  • I think: oceansize :D

  • Lila Joy

    It took me about 20 minutes. Love it.

    • Lila Joy

      I got all of it except for the fourth letter.

  • Jennifer

    I had trouble seeing it. If you want to figure it out yourself, don’t read the hint I’m about to share.

    How big is the Pacific?

  • MooG

    Saw the “SIZ” bit fairly quickly, wouldn’t have seen the rest if I’d spent the rest of my life staring at it.

  • Jacque Talboy

    You only get to see half the picture in the igoogle app so it took me longer than expected, but basically only about 15 seconds til I got the answer… dare I speak it here?

  • wandering_goat

    I saw cea and size, but not the answer. To be honest, the n is really a stretch here.

  • I saw it in seconds. Nice style though…

  • Tripp

    somewhat tricky,but it didn’t take more than a couple minutes :-P

  • DaveP

    Took a bit to work it out, but then I realised you’d given the game away in the tags!!! D’oh!

  • Leep

    I was close to figuring it out, when my mouse moved over it and the tooltip came up giving away the name! :( I suggest on ones like this you remove the “title” attribute from img tag, or at least set it to some text other than the answer.

    BTW, love the site! It’s part of my daily surfing! :)

  • GreenMaster

    Oceansize… got it in about 90 seconds

  • SteveRiese

    It took me about 5 minutes. It might have been faster, but I did not recognize the answer as meaningful.

  • Phillip

    Oceansize Took ten minutes. I confirmed it.

  • fossda

    i can’t quite make out what it says, although i know that the last word is size.

    1st comment =D

  • sharon raynsford

    i see the words “life size” but i not a 100 %

    • sharon raynsford

      my son saw it haha its ocean size im impressed thanks for that a good one

  • Ryan

    I see “Ocean Size”, not entirely sure if i’m right, BUT it only took about 30 seconds to see it, but I have an unfair advantage, I am a graphic designer who loves working with negative Space :P

  • Jess

    arg i only see an s!!

    • Jess

      i see a c p and an a……

  • AC

    I gave up after I could only descipher the second part of the name. It’s easier to just bing “music for nurses” than read the band’s name…

  • deepwaters

    I noticed the second half as soon as I looked at it, but the other half gave me trouble. I’d love to say I didn’t cheat, and I really wasn’t trying to… *SPOILER* but did you realize that when you hover your mouse over the graphic, it tells you the answer? *SPOILER* I was a little upset about that; I wanted to figure it out on my own.

  • Hering

    If it’s “ocean size”, it took me about 20 seconds.

  • Poncho

    It took less than a minute D:, i had the curiosity of the mini image on my widget and entered to see it full size and realized it after a few seconds :)

  • Sue

    Size jumped out right away. I worked out o-c-e-a-o for the first part, then realized the slit for the 5th letter was longer than for the first and squared off at the bottom, making it o-c-e-a-n-size.

    But even knowing what it says, I can’t “see” the first part.

  • Brian

    I got the last four letters after a while…but then gave up and cheated (Google). I might have gotten it if I’d ever heard of them! Good one.

  • David C

    It didn’t take me any time at all when I read it in the tag underneath! I didn’t deliberately look there to cheat – honest I didn’t – I just happened to notice it after I’d already figured part of it out myself.

  • Henry

    took 5 second (not a lie) real size

  • Henry

    just looked… lol how wrong i was

  • baster

    the second time i entered this website i already saw it’s oceansize, few hours ago i was working it out for ages :D

  • Mark C.

    Might help people not cheat if you remove the tags or something. Happen to look and saw what it was

  • Terry

    Life Size? 2-3 minutes

  • Terry

    Oh well I was wrong!! just googled it Would never have got it.

  • Matt

    Oceansize… Plain Folly!

  • I had the second part figured “size” and as I was trying to burn the negative in my eyes to stare at something white, I bumped my mouse. I was completely bummed that the answer popped up. I assume because of an TITLE tag on the image :-/ Bummer, I was hoping to see how long it would take me. Of course, clicking on the image to full-size revealed the name of the image as well.

    Disappointed, now I’ll never know if I could have figured it out.

    I didn’t cheat, the answer was on the test ;-)

  • Donna

    First letter was the hardest – 2 minutes

  • Michael Cole

    I see “OCeanSIZe” but have no idea what it means. Saw it right away.

  • eldorim

    I can’t decipher it all. but it looks like:

    _cee osize

    • eldorim


  • Martijn


  • eldorim

    ah, oceansize? don’t know this band

    • eldorim

      it took 10 minutes. (long time)

  • Jiri

    Too bad :-( I accidentally stopped with the mouse over the picture and the answer appeared. But I nearly got it (after about one minute :-) )
    Check also the tags…

  • Phoenix


  • Headsize?

  • No oceansize

  • Oceansize? Not sure if that’s right, but took about 45 seconds.

  • Gitte

    I noticed the ‘cea’ and ‘size’ immediately but seeing how that made no sense, I started guessing.. And I figured out shortly after that it said ‘oceansize’.

  • mike

    this is a good one

  • josephine

    something size? :) no idea

  • Iceatopesize?

  • Alex


    I believe it says oceansize? I saw “size” and “O”, but I put my pointer on the picture and it says “Oceansize”…….I believe I am a cheater…*sob* :(

  • Dinasaur

    ocean sze

    the last part isnt a real word
    its not REALLY easy but a piece of cake once you get the hang of it!

    took me like 3 min

  • Gregory Padilla

    Ocean Size. 3 minutes.

  • Rosio

    i didn’t get it? :)

  • Not only is it in negative, by=ut the letters touch each other – making it even more difficult to decifer. And one of the letters is not the way I normally write the letter, but it is the way I type it!

  • Gregory Padilla

    Also- might want to change the name of the jpg- for people who mouse over.

  • Donna Wright

    Does it say Life Size? When I squinted at it, I thought that is what I saw. Took about 5 seconds after the squint.

  • Lily

    I think it says “oceansize,” but I’m not entirely sure. Its much easier to see if you turn the screen to negative colors (ctrl+option+command+8 on an apple)

  • mcon1964

    It took about 3 seconds until I rolled my mouse
    over the picture and the name popped up. If I
    had to guess, it would have taken quite a while
    to figure out the name on my own. I got the
    size part right away, but the backward c in
    ocean would have thrown me. It’s also listed
    in the tags.

  • OCEANSIZE, took me about 5 minutes because i wasn’t wearing my glasses

  • antou

    oceansize ? maybe 20 seconds.
    the 19 first seconds were confusing. Then, POP ! It appeared ^^

  • Nina

    It seems like it says “I es size” or something like that, 1 minute

  • Sara

    *ceaosize ?

    I can’t figure out the first letter, and even trying to think of words where any letter would make sense leaves me blank.

  • no clue on the igoogle-gadget
    3 minutes on fulscreen. i love these ^^

    they are thus simple, i recommend to not add the cheaty stuff….

    the comments will help people more than enough in most cases ;)

    keep it up!!!! =D

  • I read it right away. I think it’s easier to see in a small size on the desktop gadget.

  • It’s “Oceansize”. The “size” at the end was obvious, the complete name though only came to me after looking at the tags for the post (that was a bit clumsy of you). Even after reading that it was a bit tricky to see it. The first two letters was easy enough once I knew what it was meant to say, but the rest took some more time. It helped once I looked at the end again and saw how the “e” looked there, after that it was easier to see were the border was between the “e” and the “a” in “ocean” and then there was only one line left to make out the “n”.

  • GLP

    I made this drawing using only verticle lines and drawing 2 horizontal lines for the top and bottom. It says oceansize. I immeaditaly saw the SIZE, but not OCEAN, i had to google the album to fully read it. I would have never got the full word. I made this drawing to help everyone see how the letters connect. [img][/img]

  • RichiH

    My guess is that it’s “oceansize”. It took me about 5-10 seconds, but I knew before so it’s kinda cheating.

  • Robster

    Copied jpeg so I could vary the size.
    Would have been harder if you didn’t leave name on jpeg.

  • Rebecca

    I don’t know if this was done on purpose, but “Oceansize” (which is the answer to the illusion) is one of the tags for this post. That’s actually how I figured it out.

  • Landen

    Got it! Had to back away from the monitor to read it though.

  • Marco

    Ya lo decifre en menos de 1 min. Dice:
    “ocean size”
    :) Muy facil

  • Got the end of it quickly then ruined all my fun when the mouse rollover popped up and revealed what it said.

  • I see Ocean Size… after about ten seconds. Not sure if that is right though. Just what I see

  • 2259807

    it says oceansize 1.because if u put the cursor over it it says so but realised wat it was before i even thought of puting my cursor there.It took me about 2 min.this is a very smart illusion

  • ocean size
    took less than a minute
    i just rocked my head side to side whilst zoomed out

  • kimbo

    it says oceansize
    took me a bit more than 30 seconds

  • D-z

    I can read “Oceansize”. Honestly, I got it in seconds.

  • txedomoon

    well.. having the e-p also helps. heh.

  • Pierre-Luc Thibeault

    What I see is OCEANSIZE…

  • Jeff

    It took me a good minute to decipher this, and honestly, I could only get the first part of the name. The “i” was particularly enigmatic. The first part of the name came fairly quickly, and I was starting to think it was a foreign band/spelling, thinking the first word was plural.

  • Digit

    To begin with I spotted the “SIZE” off the bat. I then saw the “CEA” and guessed the “O” and “N” to give me OCEANSIZE. Google confirmed it. I had never heard of them before.

  • qwertyuiop

    all i can make out is an s

  • Eva


  • Eva

    woehoe i saw that within 30 seconds! #patontheshoulder

  • bluepool

    how in the world do you decipher that????

    btw, first post!

  • Oceansize pretty simple

  • SDER

    Wow, I found this one quite difficult. I saw the tag by accident when I put my cursor on the image but I had to stop looking for it to find the word.

  • Selma Cahtarevic

    Real Size??? does it say that??? it took me 2 minutes:D

  • Selma Cahtarevic

    aaa it says Oceansize..hahaha

  • ZL123

    The only letter I can make up is S right after the middle line…

    • ZL123

      Now I see SZP.

    • ZL123

      Then I notice C as the second letter.
      What could be the first?
      Must be O.
      What’s after C? It can’t be P surely?
      SZP doesn’t make sense either. I’ll think that it’s SIZ squashed together, with an E.
      Yeah. Must be SIZE.
      What’s before S? O…?? Let’s see…
      So we got OCE____SIZE.
      What’s in between?
      But what starts with OCE? OCEAN?
      Yes, I can get an OCEA from the pic, but I can’t get the N…
      Oh well. Let’s assume it’s OCEANSIZE.

      Google… google… yeah! It’s oceansize. Took me 15 minutes.

  • DJ

    I saw it straight away – Oceansize

  • Shortie

    I saw the size straight away and the CEA but the rest I needed google for. First one of these I’ve actually been able to see…


  • michelle

    i had to cheat… but even then, i had a hard time seeing it. it took a good 5th look (after cheating) to finally see it

  • Jerry Bailey

    hmm… took all of about 30 seconds

  • Sherrie

    Got it in about 40 seconds …….

    Don’t wanna say & spoil it …….

    I may get it or research more, cause I am a nurse! ;)

  • Slammer

    After about 15 minutes and some photoshoping on the pic, I think it says “oceansize.” Now I’m gonna google it and see if I was right.

    • Slammer

      Sweet I was right!

    • Slammer

      haha just noticed the answer is the name of the pic. Thats a pretty hard on to see. But cool.

  • ahdaunti

    I read it as “Oceansize”. It only took me 30 seconds or so to figure it out, but I did have to peek at the internet to verify as I had never heard of this band before.

  • October Hallow

    Doesit say Oceansize?? took me 5 minutes

  • pi

    ocean size?

  • Gavan

    All i can get is….”OCEAOSIZE”

  • It took me several minutes. The second word was seen right away. The first and last letter of the first word had me stumped until I guessed it from the letters I could quickly see in the middle.

  • deeVee

    *cough*…hold your mouse over it. :P

  • Lokki

    cool band.. get into Oceansize ^^

  • Rob Johns


  • It took me only a few minutes but I didn’t get it all. Only the cea sZe and had to Google it. Fun site!

  • Depes Crystalline

    I can’t see the “n” that well.

  • Rod Hnatiuk

    Aw I had it right after only a minute but thought to myself, “That doesn’t make any sense”. Googled it and it turns out I shouldn’t have second guessed myself :P

  • tha_sandman

    got it straight away

  • This one was hard for me too. I got to OCE could not figure out the A and I got the N wrong, I thought it was an O. but I got the SIZE right away.

  • Bryce

    I had to cheat. I would never have gotten the first part. Even now that I know what it says, it’s hard to see.

  • ocean size?

    it took me about 30s to fail the first time, and then 3 minutes a few hours later

  • Primoz

    I saw the second part of the word right away. It took me a few minutes to figure out the first part.

  • ryan

    I think it says oceansize but that doesn’t make sense to me?

  • Jordan

    something size… oh i see.. —–size. took me a minute or two.

  • em

    it took me about 20 seconds.. but am not absolutely sure of what i am reading.. does it say ocean size?

  • BK

    “OCEANSIZE”. Got most of this one right away…at least from the C on. It took a couple minutes to decipher the letter O.

  • Voigt_Meister

    It took me about 4 minutes. I was looking for a space, which threw me off. “Size” was easy and took <5 seconds.

  • diana

    oceansize? the name of the band i’m guessing?

  • essence

    i dont get it

  • Wat does it say i seriuosly cant read it

  • Mike

    Um… it took me about two seconds to figure this out, since as soon as I moused over the picture, the answer popped up.

  • Kidsrock12347

    i can make out some of the letters but idk what it says :(

  • Sara Williams

    the pic is tagged lol makes it easier than google to find the answer

  • Pendragon

    I dont…see…it! >.<'
    Well I only saw the second half, and then I saw the answer in the tags…
    That should really be hidden. ^^'

  • Rainn

    I have an IQ of 127 but I cant seem to figure it out. But I think it said “TOTIXTI” or “ITXITOR”? It took me bout 3 minutes to figure out. I dont know if im correct or wrong and I dint cheat.

  • mel chamberlain

    if you read the letters surrounding the white pattern you will gradually see the word ‘oceansize’ appear. took about ten minutes for me. super illusion. I like those. they make your brain see things differently.

  • I got it after reading the text. This one took me longer than usual though!

  • Rainn

    Its Oceaosze. I figured it while leaaning back and forward

  • Eric Starr

    That’s what i thought it said, but the name just didn’t make sense to me. So I thought I was reading it wrong.

  • amanda

    first i could see the obvious and i will not say what it was. i knew you could see the writing through the white. the other 2 letters i had some trouble with but it only took a few minutes to figure out what they were. great one though. promise i did not cheat!!!

  • Peter Dick

    It took 47 minutes, couldn’t work out the “n” but finally got it, Ocean Size

  • Mary Beth

    I saw the “size” right off, then I saw “cean”. “ceansize”” did not make sense. it took approx. 6-8 min to put it all together.

  • david

    I got it! in about 5 min! it has simethiing to do with paint that’s all I say

  • I seem to see ceansize…
    wait… oceansize ahhaa makes more sense now.

  • david

    I got it! in about 5 min

  • Dave

    I saw the size immediatly but it took me a couple minutes to see to see the O

  • Christopher Jarvis

    your dumb tags! giving it away b4 comments are allowed!

  • Taylor

    It took about 20mins lol. the “n” is verrryy hard to see.

  • Luke Pavel

    It took me about 3-5 minutes. I got the last four letters when I first looked at it.

  • mark

    less than 5 min it says ocean size

  • Oprah-Snape


    I’ve been staring at it for about 5 minutes.

  • Rob

    hehe nice one, took me just 10 secs… usually take me a lot longer, i guess i was lucky, the name is Oceansize? the problem was differentiating the O from the N, so i guessed it was a real word, so Oceansize. got it right?

  • April

    Oceansize. It took me about 20 minutes of staring and filling in the negative space! Very clever, one of the best negative space illusions yet

  • marshall

    took me a couple minutes, I think it says oceansize

  • Johnny

    i cheated too. I don’t feel bad either. Thats pretty much impossible to read without cheating.

  • Aloysius

    Ugh, I while I was scrolling down the page, my computer lagged and landed on the pic, and I got the answer…

  • Luis

    I only know that the last 4 letter say

  • Paco

    Only took me like a minute and a half

  • Shirley Ding

    Oceansize? Sorry, I had to cheat. I was looking at it, squinting everything i could think of, for about ten minutes onl to search google in the end.

  • Lol

    like 5mins Lol btw it helps if you dont have the name there when you put the curser over it. OceanSize

  • nakar


  • it’s oceansize!!!,, it took me abut seven minutes

  • Aaron Yan Hearn Ng

    took me 30 seconds, i put my cursor over the image to try and work around the figures and it showed the name:OCEANSIZE

  • Diz

    LOL. You shouldn’t have named the picture as the bandname. However: the last part is easy, the first part I just figured out by cheating ;-)

  • ohmygosh

    something size… i can’t pick out the first word.

  • gerelynchan

    first !!!
    i don’t know what’s written there ! ! !
    somebody help me please . . ..

  • Dim

    I put my screen in negative so that i could see it, it says Oceansize right?

  • Christine

    Does it say ‘ideal size’?

  • Josh

    Took me a couple of minutes until I accidentally let my mouse pointer rest on the image for just to long and the alt-text appeared…

  • Kholis

    I just need 10 seconds, it is oceansize..


  • wendy

    I cheated so i know what it says and still can’t read it…

  • Twiners

    Sorry, too much easy, 10 second. To proove you that I found : you put the answord in the tags.

  • FOXY


  • Raymond

    ive seen these kinds of illusions before. so i knew how they worked.
    so i was starting from the left..
    then i accidentally put my cursor over the image revealing the answer.
    (is that counted as cheating?)

  • Bigio PV

    Don’t know if I’m right, but after 5 to 10 minutes of reverse enginering process on every single letter, I’ve come up with “Ocean size”…Well, at least I think that’s the word, even if I still can’t see clearly the first half…

  • Kat Stuart

    right away i see cea size. finally i see the N. . but I had to look up what it really was. b/c ceansize didn’t make sense to me.

  • kalix

    I read Oceansize, but I do not know the band… in case it is right… took me some 3 min to figure it out although size was clear but ocean it is difficult, mainly the O and the N
    Good one nevertheless. keep good work!

  • Ben

    Oceansize…took me a few seconds and the noticing the tags…
    I figured the “size” part out myself

  • Jess

    i can see ceasize – so i dont think ive got all of it!

  • Archana

    See the tooltip

  • Naomi

    Oh.. it took me about 1 minute to get my eyes decipher the ‘negative’.. it looks as though it says OCEANSIZE.. it’s so clear once you get it..! Very clever!

  • Buckyball

    In aboout 5 minutes I came to “OCE*NSZE”.

    Then I hovered over the pictuere with my mouse and it showed the name of the picture. So I tried not to cheat, but hey, you made it too easy.

    Still have trouble seeing the “I” though.

  • maryame

    i think its oceansize, but i have never heard of this band…

  • Alex

    I can see “size” in the second half of the word, the other half might be CEA? CED? LED?

  • Even

    “Oceansize”? Took me about 90 sec.. :)


  • Synco

    Unfortunately the name of the band was disclosed by my browser. It revealed the filename of the picture while the cursor was on top of it. So I did not set a time. However even with the solution I can not see the “i” in the band name. I think this illusion is hard to crack.

  • Neamow

    well, i would have tried deciphering it if the answer wasn’t in the alternate text, tags and the picture name

    honestly, that just spoils the fun

  • John

    ocean size?

  • PG


  • Mudshark

    It took me 30 seconds to see the last four characters. The first five make no sense to me, not even after cheating.

  • Er Jae

    2 days!!!

  • Worf


    Hmm…I can make out size, but not the first part.

  • Feno

    It was easy, I just put the mouse over the image and a small text appeared with the solution. In the tag don’t put the solution

  • Dathomir

    I see oceansize. Took me about 10 seconds to see it.

  • martyn

    its easy its oceanside it took 2 minutes


  • Peter

    It took 1sec to read. THE TEXT IS IN THE TOOLTIP!

  • Glidos

    About 2 mins to get Ocean Size, but not completely sure that’s it.

  • philip horn

    breastsize is what I see

  • Oceansize :)

    took me a while -_-


  • bosco

    The name is in the tags and when you put your cursor over the image. Ooops.

  • hajumba


  • peo

    If it`s “ocean size” I did it in about 15 seconds.The person was right, it`s easy.

  • debbie

    Been looking at it again, and again and finally I’ve come to the opinion it says ‘oceansize’.

  • heXdot

    they trick you with the first letter; that makes the thing pretty hard

  • Massimo

    Few seconds to read the two words of the text (but I’m a graphic designer, I’m used to act with this sort of things). First of all we must realize that the outern part of the writing become invisible when coloured in the same black of the background. The difficulty is in the reconstruction of the hidden part in our brains.

  • I think i can see IX( or maybe the X is an inverted C and an S) ISZE

  • Bipin


  • Maddie

    It took me about 30 seconds honestly and I think it’s OceanSize?

  • Rachel

    I think I see SOS in there but this one is tricky

  • martyn


  • victor

    oced size ? took me 5 minutes but its not corect
    ocean size 10 minutes :)

  • Copra

    Well, you kind of give it away to say the least… but yes, it’s hard and even with the ‘subtle hint’ it’s hard to see the whole text.


    PS. Mouse over the picture…

  • ash

    Putting the answer in the tags didn’t half make it easier… ;-)

  • Mike

    How about Ocean size? It took me less then five minutes.

  • Kimon

    About a min to see “size”. Then “ocea” became easy. I wanted to fill in the N, but it looked wrong until a couple minutes later when realized it was not capital.

  • Tim

    The band’s name is “Oceansize,” but I know that only because I did a search on Tineye. Didn’t quite get it, otherwise.

  • Florin

    OceanSize I took less than 30 seconds.

    • Florin

      The “O” and the “n” are tricky :))

  • joopiedog

    i managed about 1 minute to figure it out
    when i went with my mouse over the picture i knew it right away first i only saw size

  • razga


    The “Size” is pretty easy to see, but “OCEAN” is a bit tricky.

    – Print the picture and cut à rectangle around the word. That will greatly help.

    – Now, check for the “E” in the left part (same that the E in SIZE).

    – Reverse it, it give a “A”.

    -> You got __EA_SIZE

    Once you got the E and A,The C is easy to see, and then the O.

    Got it : OCEANSIZE :)

  • Coult45

    So Ya Ive Never Heard Of The Band Before And Still Dont Know Anything About Them But Its Def Oceansize And It Took Me 20 Seconds-ish

  • diane7

    I see Nothing (help morehintz ) :-)

  • Ashley

    I had to cheat took me forever!!

  • Rianne

    i can read the last part… … size…
    but cannot figure the first few letters… not even sure how many letters there are

  • nockgeneer


    3 min. the size part was easy but the rest i had to figure out one by one

  • Katiuscia

    Done in 7 seconds – quite amazing! :)

  • I take 3 minutes to discover the first letter and the middle letter because it uses all uppercase and lowercase letters in addition to the widths of the letters vary

  • I guess it’s OCEANSIZE???
    I think I solved it in less than one minute.

  • HR

    Took mere seconds to read. Yet you had trouble?
    Wonder if it has something to do with certain people?

  • Charlie


  • Minty

    Oceansize! took me a couple of minutes though actually. at first i just saw cea size. couldnt get past that for a while.

  • I cheated and I still can’t see it…

  • Rick

    I’m struggling with the left side of this illusion. I think I can make out Ocean and Size but the middle is tough

  • Lizzie

    Oceansize! It didnt take me very long to figure it out, but it kinda sucked that the tags gave it off too. Still good.

    • Ty

      it took me a while to get the o and n about 3-5 minutes. i cant believe i never thought about tags

  • Temagori

    Oceansize I believe… although never heard of them before so that could be way off…

  • TJ

    ocean size

  • Sal

    Ocean Size– took me about 1 minute

  • Tal

    Looks like “oceaosize” to me, with the white parts as the spaces in the letters.
    Or maybe oceansize, the middle letter is a bit ambiguous.

    Took me less than five minutes, but I probably got it wrong :)

  • Corey

    WOW this is my favorite band on the planet! What are the chances I would see their logo on Illusion of the Day. Everyone should check out this band.

  • Peter

    After about 25 minutes I checked my work and was off by one letter. I did cheat and used a generous helping of MS Paint though.

  • Teh Chrisizard

    Is it OCEANSIZE? That’s what it looks like to me. It wasn’t too hard to get it, actually.

  • Neil

    This is a tricky one to figure out unless you’re in the know and are familiar with the font that Oceansize use for their album covers!

  • Grandpa John

    4 minutes.
    If you think you have it, you can check your answer by hovering over the white ‘Music for Nurses’ bottom right.

  • fallenthorn

    Got it. took me a little bit and i didnt cheat. The hard part was reading the first letter in the first word. The second word was easy to get.

    Not going to give spoilers

  • ParveshK

    I think it must be – “oceansze”

    I tried to overtake this illusion for the whole day in my iGoogle page whenever I opened it, but I couldn’t. At last I came to this page and it took really I think 4 minutes, (after reading your lines that its a name ;) ) to decode it.
    If its fast then I think its may be because by profession I am a graphic designer.

  • Anonymous

    Odsosze is what I got out. That does not seem right.

  • minomino

    OCEANSIZE 20 sec.

  • Dan

    It took me about 1 or 1,5 minutes to recognize a word that made sense.

  • martin

    5min! +-few secs :]

  • Mike Carbone

    Ocean Size took me less than 30 seconds. Did I win a prize!?

    • Awesomezcute

      lol…. i doubt u won a prize :D

  • Laura

    i found the second word in several seconds but the first one took me a couple of minutes

  • I can only read the second word (size) but can’t decipher the first part.

  • Jim

    oceansize — It took about a minute.

    • it took me less than 20 seconds

  • Philip

    I was having a Hard time figuring this one out, I could see the second part of it, but then I my mouse rolled over the pic and revieled the answer, relief and disappointment all at once. Answer is also listed in the tags.

  • I see “ceaosize”, cea sze”, or something along those lines. Took about 2 minutes until I saw the letters.

  • Ocean Size… Caption Fail…

  • henry

    Took me about a minute, maybe two.
    The hardest part were the “O” and the “n”, I find them pretty tough to distinguish.
    Anyway, nice cover for a vinyl.

  • monkeyflesh

    I squinted my eyes and I believe it says oceansize. Took 15 seconds, that is, if Im right.

  • Jaahquubel

    The image’s name is oceansize.jpg. The tag is oceansize. Give us a chance to guess, not to read.

  • Nelson Sturdivant

    unfortunately I hovered the pointer over the pic, and voila, got it, because that’s the name of the pic attached. 2 minutes max.

  • Lorelei Shark


  • Joe Black

    I never saw the whole thing, but got almost all of it after a few looks. Since “oceansize” is a word I knew, I couldn’t get the “n”. It had the same white line as the “o”. It’s still difficult to see, because the word “oceansize” is so odd. Once th efact that it was in lowercase letters it became easier. The “size” part came out pretty quickly. Good illusion.

  • Billie

    Oceansize… took me like a minuet didnt look down at the tags.. pretty easy

  • JOKER49022


  • Robert A. Kubeck

    I had inadvertantly cheated by making my submission (oceanoze)I wound up with the correct answer. As far as the time it took I’m ashamed to say. However, I loved the challange. Keep ’em comming!

  • oceansize… about 5 seconds

  • Kirk Hamster

    Just try to stare at it for 20-30 sec then look at something white. :) I know that everyone has found out but still.

  • james N.

    oceansize it took me about a minute

  • thebrainster

    o, c, e, backwards 6, n, foreward slash, e

  • 123

    oceansize.. i just hovered the mouse on the pic.. lolz

  • Joel Andrew V. Mallari

    ocean size it took me about 10 seconds

  • jazz

    it took me literally 5 mins to figure out it said “ocean size”

  • Faith

    Okay. really trully, this took me 10-20 mins. im not good at stuff like that xD guess i could never be a spy? :]

  • Shane

    I got it straight away – because I am a fan of the band saw them last year. Great band if your into prog-rock check them out…

  • Luis Felipe Flores Machado

    ocean size, i just saw at the name of the image xDDD

  • klarissa

    it took me about 2 min to get it. but i finally got it! i didn’t think i could

  • LastAngel

    oceanside. Took me about 30 seconds without cheating.

  • GaryZ

    I didn’t notice the tags at first. The “size” part was really easy to see. Then I figured out the “ea” then the “c”. _cea_size. The “O” and “n” are almost impossible with the reverse image provided.

  • DK

    About 2 seconds. Oceansize. It’s a Jane’s Addiction song too. “Wish I was Oceansize! They cannot move you man, no one tries!”

  • Janice

    It took me a while to figure it out,yeah the tag gave it away and then I finally saw it.

  • Apple

    i couldnt tell….like AT ALL

  • Lance Christian De Castro

    Apple, hover on the picture and it’s the answer

  • Maria

    saw the size after about a minute but couldn’t figure out the rest of it. might have helped if i’d been familiar with the band!

  • superlegion

    oceansize? okay…i really don’t know how this is oceansize. just got it after putting the cursor on it.

  • shan

    i got the size right away, and the c, but the oean took me forever :L xxxxxx.

    • Sharp

      do you also comment on The Reasoner? :-/

  • Zachary

    Oceansize, about twenty seconds. Once I got the first letter found it was really easy to read.

  • Hailey

    Ocean Size.
    Took me a while, HAD TO DO IT ON A PAD OF PAPER!
    the I was hard to find but I used my common sense and did it with a time of 1 minute

  • bix

    How come I see *sex shop* ? hahahahah

  • Catherine

    I DON’T GET IT!!!!!!! how does it say oceansize?

  • if you scroll over the picture it says oceansize but i really dont see it

  • E

    the white spaces are the insides of the letter. So the the inside of “o” is that first white line. see if you can get the rest. i didnt time myself but i saw the e and then scrolled over and noticed it said oceansize…

  • nico

    wow how easy it was :P i look for a bit like 15 to 25 secs the S was the letter easiest to spot

  • Ed

    About 2 seconds. Right clicked on the image to ‘Save Picture as…” and there in the save dialogbox was the name of the image – “oceansize”. Piece of cake.

  • jon

    Wait, it actually was supposed to say oceansize? I got that in about 4 seconds but figured it was wrong because “Oceansize” doesn’t mean anything.

  • rachel

    oceansize. figured it out in about 10seconds.. the word is written in black shade.

  • Alejandro

    OCEANSIZE, 2 seconds

  • Christina Allen

    ohhhh!!!! it took me like 2 1/2 min to figure it out :)

  • kali

    saved the image, opened it with Paint, hit CTRL+I to invert..
    instant answer! Oceansize.

    • MzSmartyPantz

      I could not figure it out.. got the 2nd part.. then mouse hover reveled the answer.. even knowing the answer its still difficult to see the first part of the word Ocean… Size jumped right out within a few seconds..neat

  • Woot

    Oceansize. One of my favourite bands.

  • Jen

    <3 Oceansize, great band!!!

  • This Dude

    Cant Find The A or the n

  • april

    ok call me STUPID i can’t see it. How is everyone seeing what it says HELP plzzz

  • Madelonetjj

    Oceansize– it took me about 50 seconds xD

  • srry for cheating its oceansize

  • kidding I just did the chines thing with my eyes when I got frustreted

  • Aaryash Nayak

    even i bymistake moved my mouse on it and then understood . This will help the people who didnt understand .[img]oceansize.jpg[/img]

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