# Pointing Fingers Optical Illusion

By on March 18, 2011, with 53 Comments

Now here’s one that will make you scratch your head, and exhaust your brain cells. After carefully observing the picture below, how would you answer the following question – which forefinger points exactly to the middle of the shape’s height? Would you go with finger A, finger B or both at the same time? This optical illusion is only one among pile of great ones created by incredible G. Sarcone. Use the comment form below to explain what influenced your choice! You can see the solution posted after the first picture, so be sure not to scroll down, before thinking of an answer!

Solution – It’s strange enough how great majority of people firmly believe that both fingers point at the middle of the shape’s height, this also goes for the individuals aware that one on the right appears to be lower (?!). The truth is that only finger B points to middle of the shape’s height, which you can see demonstrated in the figure below:

• Jan

I thought it was finger A

• Daniel

I thought that the both of the hands was the answer.

• TRUNITA

SO DID I…

• nonya

me 2

• Sham

Cool…

• Aaron

Same here…though I don’t understand how someone might think they are at the same level!

• Michaela

Well I think that people see that it’s an illusion, so they automatically assume that, despite what their eyes see, the hand’s must be at the same level, since that’s the answer to so many illusions.

• hitya

this is great!!!!!!!!

• I saw right away that is was B ..
I guess it was cause I tilted my head to the left side, when viewing it.

• Nisheeth

I too thought it was Finger A. Finger B seemed to a bit above the mid-point!! Great illusion though.

• i thought it was both

• Jigga

I saw B was lower… How??

• Janmanni

I was thinking it could be B.
But I was also thinking that finger A is pointing too low, not too high. :)

• Kimon

Frankly I think the change is too small. Even ignoring finger B and the rest of the shape, it is hard to judge wether dot A is precisely at the middle.

Also, I think there is an element of GOTCHA for people used to illusions. Most of the time the answer to questions like this is that the difference is an illusion. So people are used to seeing tricks and force themselves to see the items as same.

• I8UrCake

I thought A was in the middle with B being higher and this is with my new glasses on. I guess I need new glasses or a new eye Dr. or perhaps a brain surgeon.

• tim

Aha! It’s a double trick question! Usually the answer to illusions of this type is “both”

• Awesomezcute

wow….. it does seem like a double trick question…. lol ;p

• Very interesting optical illusion, sorry to say I picked finger (A)………:(

• Care Bear

Don’t point that thing! It’s got a nail in it!

• I thought they were both pointing at the middle because of so many optical illusions that show you two objects that look different but are actually the same… So I thought even though it looks like finger A is pointing a bit higher than finger B, they must both be pointing at the middle.

• Perchick

I thought of finger B

• cakeforhands

If there seriously are people that think the fingers are on the same level, I do not want them building my house.

• Kevin

The difference is so little that visually you can’t see it till you bring your ruler out.

• Have to agree, they are too close to really call this an illusion…

• baster

i didnt get the illusion first, the right one is lower for me all the time.

• Rae

I thought it was B. It just looked to be more centered–before I saw the solution

• Sam

I actually got it right! I just imagined it straightening up in my mind and to me I’d assume that B is lower.

• i thought this was one of those illusions where the objects are the same size (in this case the same line), before reading the description. then i took out a ruler to see if they were pointing to the same spot but they weren’t. then i read the description. i guessed wrong!:(

• a sureley looked more middleish

• jazz

I GOT IT RIGHT!
(im pressed as shxt)

• Martin

At first I thought it might be a trick question, like To the middle of the Shape, meaning none of them, then I thought both, but looking closer noticed the 2nd was lower by a small margin, but couldn’t determine which if any was exactly in the middle of the height.

• Dolphin

People thinking it’s both makes perfect sense. If people know it’s an illusion,they immediately think it’s the most confusing one.However,some people don’t.It might be something to do with our brains,but more likely to be what people usually think of when they think of,”Optical Illusion.”I thought it was finger B.

• Alice

I thought it was A

• ZL123

First I thought it was B, but then I figured out that it was a trick, so I thought it was both!
But alas, it was B!
Nice illusion.

• Sean

me too!

• Sean

me too! i knew that B was lower but thought that it was a trick so i choosed both

• Chris

I took out a ruler and its side measured 14cm, half of that is 7cm; which was finger B.

• jjcslam

Ahahaha, I did that too c:

• Anku

I though it was letter B, but because this is an optical illusion, I though they were at the same height :c

• jamas

I wasn’t sure if it was the middle, but A’ seemed to point at B’s knuckle so they could’t be both right. I chose A and scrolled down a loser. lovin this widget on my mac, thanks for all your hard work and creativity !

• I am sorry. I did feel that both fingers pointing to the center of the shape. The hand B is aligned a little down than the A. So we can understand both are not in same line.

• Orkhan

that’s good…

• Mary

Does anyone else see that the “vertically slanted” lines do not look parallel?

• Detective Kitty

i guessed b…i thought a was lower….:P

• Kristen

I thought it was obvious it was A.

• Vanderstone

I hate it when the solution seems so simple haha

• tamia

Its cool but all you have 2 do is look at a then move your finger across to get to b and you will notice that ur finger went down. So a is higher than b. Easy and obvious.

• KenFan9276

…That finger is going OBJECTION!

• sherry

It was very obvious to me that it was B.Ofcouse I was looking down at it slightly

• Laura

Yay! I got it right! I just thought that B was exactly in the center, A seemed off track.

• Benjamin

Both points– A and B– are midpoints on the parallel lines.. therefore both are the middle.

• Anonymous

it’s both,because the shape is parallel

• Anonymous

I thought it was finger A