Psychedelic Screen-melt Illusion


Like always, once I get to see improved, better version of a previously featured submission – it goes live immediately! It doesn’t matter how many times similar effect has already been showcased. And what we have here today is “seemingly animated” pattern on steroids! If I can recall correctly, last one I have enjoyed so much (belonging to the same category) was the Running Snakes promo. Check out the psychedelic formation below! Can you really believe the image is static, and that the motion is just an illusion? Try opening it in full-size to experience the effect in its full glory. From now on, this one is my favorite!

Click on the above image to open it in full size, and see the effect in its full glory!
  • yo wassup

    What the fuck?

    • This is the the best Optical Illusion, in this category, I have EVER seen! The harder I try to get it to stop moving, the faster it moves! Love It!!!

    • One more thing. PLEASE watch the language! My kids LOVE this website and it would be a shame if I have to block this site just because a few people either, have no clue what the word “RESPECT” means, or they are just too immature to be considerate enough to use appropriate language in the presence of children! Please, I am begging you to stop using foul language!

    • Brian

      Fully agree, why this site didn’t filter out your obvious lack of communication skills, I do not know.

      Brain death and still able to access the internet.

    • ok creappy much

    • megan russell

      omg our eyes are making it move but people in my claas dont think it is moving there dumb :) lol

    • crystal forever


    • Grace

      I’m 8

  • it looks awesome when you set it as your desktop (although some things on your desktop could be hard to see).

  • ZL123

    I’m a bit bored.

    I see the illusion, I’ve seen it before too.
    It’s a bit funny too.
    What if it was made different 1,000 times?

  • wow

    Ooo, Fractally!

  • obamas butt wipe

    haha this is awsome

  • That is wicked! Love it too.

  • mike


  • now this is also one of my favorites, it’d be nice if you can use this as a wall in a bar.

  • jeo

    i dont really see it

  • No static here! Blow it up full image to get max effect. Really great optical illusion………:)

  • I find these illusions work better on screen than on paper. I wonder if that might have something to do with colour rendering – from my printer, colours are darker and less vivid than on screen. I still get the effect on paper, but it is nothing as dramatic as on the screen.

  • random

    I set this as my desktop… this is going to be fun…

  • Kimon

    I Can’t get it to move :(

    • Alex

      what the f word

  • bluepool

    That illusion reminds me of the pipes in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

  • wow

    Wow, gotta say it’s my fav.

  • valerie

    it’s gorgeous! as a desktop wallpaper too.

  • Devam Doshi

    Great.. First comment??

  • Alice

    That looks really cool!

  • monkeyflesh

    This is by far the best illusion I’ve ever seen.

  • Louie

    Unfortunately, this is what I see when I am coming down with a migraine. Nice illusion but I personally don’t like it.

  • edupues

    Very cool… :)

  • Dolphin

    It’s very,very cool! I love it!

  • martin

    I can’t see anything special here… just a picture of stripey tubes…

  • Natalie

    This is the Mandelbrot set, a type of fractal. It’s made with mathematics. You start with a complex number called the seed. To find the next term in the sequence, you square the preceding term and add the seed. And so on, ad infinitum. The result is a neat shape of swirls and spirals.

    • Ron Blair

      Natalie, any idea what the formula might be??? I’ve tried Z<-Z^2+C up to Z<-Z^8+C and it's just not even close. (BTW I'm NOT a mathematician)

    • Edderiofer

      I believe it’s a zoom-in with a modified colour scheme.

  • Rob Nuuja

    This is fantastic, but who created it?

    • Natalie

      The Mandelbrot Set was created by Benoit Mandelbrot, a Yale University mathematician. A computer generates the image. The colors can vary. I guess you could say that the artist chooses the color palate and where to zoom in or out on the image.

  • Mitch

    one of the best of this type.

  • Aly Zhang

    It stops after you stare at it a while; I find that for me it only works after I’ve looked at something else and then glance back at it.

  • I LOVE this type! This is the the best Optical Illusion, in this category, That I have EVER seen! The harder I try to get it to stop moving, the faster it moves! Love It!!!

  • Ron Blair

    I’m going nutz trying to reproduce this in FractalForge. I think I’ve got the color sequence right, but, no motion. This is definitely the best one of these I’ve ever seen

  • jenny LOL!

    WOW the best illusion ever!!! it not movin but our eyes make it move i test it

  • Alma

    I totally see it lol

  • Anne

    For those of you who want to see more of the Mendelbrot set or fractals check this video out on youtube, I find it rather informative.
    You will see how it literally goes into infinity!

  • Emily

    awesome, to make it stop, you have to stare at one spot on the illusion

  • Electronic Dispatch

    I see nothing moving. It’s just a static picture. Even set as my desktop, everything remains “motionless.” Now I’m interested to know why the illusion does not work for some people.

  • nala

    tee totally awesome

  • Malay Atheist

    If you move your eyes around the image, you see movement. If you stick your eyes still to one spot, there’s no movement. No mystery here.

  • jayne

    shet!! bestest ever!

  • i can stop it

  • TheModernMovement

    Your twistin’ my melon mayn

  • Karen

    It’s nice. Still, I am not blown away by it. Our eyes are making it move, and even though it moves just a tiny bit, thats it. Nice, but I dont think its my favourite. Now, this is what I’m saying personally. I understand, yes, fun and funny in a way, but not surprising. It would, however, be a could desktop wallpaper.

  • Audrey

    Remionds me of a Dr. Seuss book!

    • Audrey


  • Jamal

    Amazing awesome picture illusion, I love it

  • stardragon

    I just set it as my desktop background! Awesome!

  • stardragon

    Unfocus your eyes. It will stop moving.

  • Anonymous


    omg sorry it just makes them hurt soooo much

  • Robby

    Makes me think of the Sandworms from the Beetlejuice cartoons.

  • Amazing! I think this is my favorite too. Those things are actually moving!

  • Jess

    Hey! I am interested in who created this? I’d like to use it for my band’s digital release album art, who can I contact?

    • George

      It’s called a Fractal Image. Fractals are made or calculated by f.e. the program called Fracint. Have a nice trip…

  • becca3333

    don’t get it?

  • Mya Dubeau

    I hate to ruin anyone’s day but this is moving because it’s animated. It’s not a static image. Copy the image and stick it in paint . Does it move? Sadly no. It’s a pretty popular fake illusion photo.

    • LeMagne

      So much wrong

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