Puzzled Businessman Optical Illusion


I have just stumbled upon this interesting mural in my mailbox. Maria Dentura asked our readership whether the mural below contains a partial painting of a passing businessman, and if his “other part” (in the background) belongs to a similar person accidentally passing-by? I have to admit that the image fooled me when I saw it for the first time. Moments later, I noticed more accompanying details, which then revealed the optical illusion. Hope you like this submission, and are willing to share your view on it. Sorry people, Dirty Harry has just started, so am off to watch my favorite crazy detective. Logging off…

  • Anonymous

    Can’t be two people – the feet are both in front of the wall. I can see several ways to create this illusion since the man is obviously drawn or painted, not live.

    • Sienna

      The whole thing is painted you dummy. -_-

  • Anonymous

    The man is obviously drawn or painted, not live as the line in the wall above him extends through his face and down into his shirt. Even if it were live I can see several ways this illusion could have been produced.

    Also the two feet are exactly the same distance in front of the wall – impossible for a live person standing the way he is.

  • Q

    just sorta looks like it was painted on the wall. Well done, but i don’t think this one is very cool.

    Keep up the work tho

  • Katelyn

    I beleive it is partail one painting of a man and then another real man walking behind it

  • Anonymous

    What your missing is that there is no brick wall. It’s actually flat, and the entire thing is a painting. Look at the column next to the hydrant and behind the guy.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I have posted after visiting this site very often. I am not sure If there is a person behind the wall but there are incontinuities between the painting/person on the brick wall and wall behind it. The strap from the bag does not extend over the shoulder of the brick wall painting, the light is coming from the opposite direction on the two pant legs, and the shoes appear to be different on each foot. Either the artist was incompetent or there is a person behind the brick wall. Perhaps the reason why both feet appear to be in the foreground is that the foot behind the brick wall belongs to the left foot -not the right foot- of a live person

  • Johnny D

    The man’s face and body aren’t real but the person walking behind the brick section is. The person on the front also has no strap for his laptop cas going over his shoulder. It could possibly be two people.
    Good work.
    Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    I just realized that the non-brick wall painted foot could not possibly be the left foot of a live person (the bag is on the “right side” of the person). Either a person contorted himself behind the wall in a strange way or more likely it is a painting (albeit with many incontinuities).

  • melanie

    its so obvious

  • Robert

    This one is great! The face part of the person is actually leaning his back against an “L” shaped wall with both feet extended in front of him. The other part is a person walking behind the wall.

  • Xela

    chalk on a brick wall perhaps?…dunno

  • varvara

    the thing i that this was all painted because if you look at the fire hydren then its also oviosly pained

  • Anonymous

    The whole picture is a drawing.

  • Aesi

    The point of the illusion is that it’s supposed to look split. The viewer is to look at it as though the back leg and briefcase are part of a real person passing behind a wall with a mural of a walking businessman on it. It’s all a painting, of course, but that is how it’s supposed to appear.

  • shelby

    the whole thing is one big painted wall… you can tell beacuse of the fire hydrant and right next to it, the line going down all the way from top to bottom.

  • Mandy (:

    I notice that the strap from thge bag is only on one half of the man and not on the other (:

  • Anonymous

    I think its supposed to be an illusion of an illusion. The mural was painted on a normal wall. The wall inside the wall, however (that is, the brick wall) is drawn at an angle so that if you were walking down the street that the mural depicts, as you moved left it would seem as if the man was a whole man without the strange wall cutting him in two. What a peculiar way to portray an almost-illusion…

  • Kegga

    Its not a man painted on the wall. The whole picture is painted.
    Or is it just me who thinks that.

  • Maddie

    I see the illusion. Its cool. Everything is painted. Look at the waterhydraint. Its painted.

  • DELANEY!!!!!


  • Anonymous

    the whole pic looks like it is a painting or drawing, the fire hydrant dont look real

  • wildmanswish

    Nice wall painting. That is all it is….

  • Anonymous

    The whole thing is a drawing. Look at the 3 vertical lines, 2 of which run up thru the brick pillar, but are out of step with the joints in the brickwork. These lines are the joints in the background medium, possibly concrete wall panels.
    Also notice the edge of a frame on the far right. It has a shadow that falls to the right whereas the shadows of the hydrant, man and brick pillar all fall to the left.

  • FaQ

    It’s all one big mural. You can see the lines on the wall on which it was painted if you look real close.

  • LIES!

    Ummm I’m pretty sure the entire thing is a painting. Look at the fire hydrant. This ain’t no illusion, it’s just a good drawing/painting/mural/whatever.

  • Anonymous

    you obviously have a small brain for this “illusion” to have fooled you.

  • Anonymous

    I think I have it in the bag….

  • Anonymous

    the entire wall is a painting. look at the hydrant and such as well.

  • Anonymous

    the figure on the wall could be painted and a live person be behind the wall depending on the thickness of the wall. the figure in the back could be leaning up against the wall with his/her leg parallel with the painted front side.

  • Cameron C

    It looks like everything, including the bricks and the fire hydrant have been painted on a flat wall.

  • Anonymous


  • Leep

    I think the whole thing is drawn. The fire hydrant looks drawn, and there’s a line running from top to bottom just left of the fire hydrant, another through the middle of the man, and another about the same distance to the left of that. It’s all one flat wall. The left side of the brick wall looks like it could be drawn also.

    What seems odd to me is that the back side of the man has a dark colored strap on his shoulder, yet it dissapears in the front portion of him, and his right leg is behind the brick wall but the foot on that leg is in front of it. He’s obviously about to trip on something there… :)

    — Leep

  • Anonymous

    its painted

  • Strawberry

    It looks cool but it’s not an illusion. The feet are in the same place.

  • Anonymous

    obviously the two parts of the man and the background are all painted basically the illusion is fooling you at first sight and then you think the other part is a real person but when its in detail the whole thing is all and illusion a painting.

  • Archana

    It could be two people since the laptop bag doesnt match.

    However the person in front is not real… looks liek it is painted on the wall

  • chad

    hum i think if it back leg was put up higher it would look a little better since his body is walking behind the wall and his back foot is trying to walk in front of the wall

  • Anonymous

    It looks to me, like both halfs of the man are painted

  • Nick

    It is obviously completely painted. It looks as if its painted onto boards like the type they use to cover up building work in the city. Still, nice illusion though. Love the site by the way. Well done with that.

  • Anonymous

    hey, you cannot be serious asking if this is a “partial” painting. Have a look at this picture people. There is nothing real on it, neither the man, the walls nor the stand pipe.

  • Anonymous

    all of its painted on the a single wall.
    everythings fake
    not an illusion

  • Anonymous

    the strap on his bag does not come over his shoulder completely

  • Euclid’s Brother

    The whole scene is painted on a flat wall.. Man, brick wall, wall in background, fire hydrant.. everything is part of the mural..

    notice the virtical line just left of the fire hydrant.. it’s straight from top to bottom.. unless that’s the first thread of the space elevator, it’s a seem in the wall..

  • Anonymous

    actually, it’s all painted, even the wall and background are not real!

  • Princess Sandi

    The entire photo is painted. There is no actual depth in the picture. If u look close, the side of the wall, details on the wall,the opening of the door and especially the hydrant are all painted. Besides, the right foot is pointed directly at the side of the wall where the rest of his body is behind the “wall”

  • Anonymous

    The whole thing is a painting, including the fire hydrant, brick wall, stone column etc.

  • Anonymous

    Additionally, the rear leg doesn’t have a shadow – the fire hydrant and the wall do. Therefore, it is painted.

  • jstalmaster

    Sidewalk art! Sweet! I can’t really tell if it’s a real person in the background because the work that I’ve seen before is so life like its impossible to tell!
    Love this stuff!
    Final answer: chalk foreground and background (including fire hydrant). The behind the wall guy is real, hiding the rest of his body behind the flat wall colored in chalk.

  • Anonymous

    I think the whole thing is painted on a flat surface. Nothing – including the fire hydrant and pillar are actually three dimensional. That said, it is vary well done Trompe L’Oeil.

  • Gagan


  • Anonymous

    i personally think the whole thing is a painting. none of it looks very “real”, but it was done well.

  • Anonymous

    it’s just a painting, and it’s painted wrong if you would ask me… Look at the shadow of the wall at both sides and look at the shadow of the yellow thing. ( sorry, I’m from Holland, and my English is not perfect, because I’m still at school. )

  • Kenzie

    they’re both fake (paintings). The wall and the fire hydrant are obviously painted

  • Anonymous

    this isn’t that bad but did anyone notice that they didn’t do the strp of the bag on the brick part because you would have seen it on the shoulder but it’s not there…

  • Anonymous

    The whole thing is painted!!
    cool illusion!

  • Anonymous

    It’s all one big painting. You can tell by the not-quite-realistic parts of the background

  • josh

    what made me realise it was all fake was looking at the foot of the “real” person and noticing that his right foot was infront of the wall

  • all painted

  • This is wonderful. It shows the confused mind of
    an office-goer.

  • someone u dont know

    it is a half of a person going to the back of the wall then a panting in the front

  • read dis comment

    the whole things a painting. look at the fire hydrant and decide for your self

  • olivora

    Platform nine and thre quarters

  • Starlet

    Yua tell that the 2nd part is a painting. Just look at the fire hydrant & voila. But good illusion.

  • Starlet

    you can tell 2nd part is a painting. Just look at hydrant. but good illusion.

  • Rhiannon

    Yeah! Platform nine and three quarters.

  • javacuzi

    that is cool.it is the platform

  • Jazzukie

    its actually depending on how you look at it you would see 2 types of pictures… like if you cut it from left to right in the center you would get 2 pictures…the one on the top looks like he is going past a pole… while the one on the bottom looks like he’s walking to another part of town…but still the part on the right is more of a picture of his house in side…just with a fire hydrant inside his house…you could almost say its his house or working place… cause of the glimpse of a painting… though its a pretty good painting or what ever…looks fantastic!

  • It is illusion of the illusion.

  • lola moon


  • c

    It looks to me like the first half is painted and the second half is indeed an actual person. Whether it’s accidental that it was taken like this or not, the second half is someone in the position to make this look like a single person.

  • Archette

    This is a photo of a painted wall. Wonderful. This site is a lot of fun.

  • Rachel

    You are all wrong. It’s obviously Platform 9¾. Silly Muggles…

  • Akire

    The whole image is painted on a wall. It’s teo dimensional! That was too easy

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