Sarcone’s Broken Dish Illusion


Here’s another cool illusion, coming straight from Archimedes’ Laboratory. Same as many before, this illusion was created by master of illusions, mister G. Sarcone. The problem is, I only got it to work once. So how this works? Apparently, if you concentrate strong enough on one of the lobster’s eyes, after some time it will seem that the broken piece of the plate rejoins the rest. At least the outer black rim should appear as perfect (non-broken) circle. As Sarcone explains, this amusing effect occurs because our brain tends to iron out broken lines. Did you manage to get this work?

  • darthnix

    I did it 3 times! i could do more but its boring

    • sinae cruz

      lol i agree

  • Arturo

    It works !!!, it’s not broken anymore !

  • Dave

    Worked for me, provided the gaze was rock-steady. The slightest flicker and – whoops, bang goes the plate again!

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  • Chad

    Made my eyes hurt lol, but i got it to work where I couldnt see the break

    • Annishia

      ya i know!!! i had to do this thing with my eyes, that you know that u get when you concentrate on your finger in front of you, and kinda try to look THROUGH the finger, and then it kinda goes double and transparent?? try it ppl. cool but obvious.

  • Ron

    Weird! I looked at the right eye for just a few seconds and the black line became whole. I think this is a good one.

  • Dave

    Love it!

    Very interesting what our eyes / brain does in certain situations.

  • no… doesnt work…

  • John

    Just use Glue.

  • fred

    I just have to concentrate on the lobster.

  • Layne

    i got it to work sooper cool

  • bobby

    Interesting….. -_-

  • t

    I’ll have to paint a crustacean on the plate I broke yesterday.

  • sarah

    awesome pretty kool.

  • t00tall10169

    yup it works

  • Louie

    Wow! Not only did I see the dish come back together, I’m now seeing the afterimage of a blue lobster floating around in the air. Cool!

  • Peter

    Worked great for me – took about 10 seconds, then the circle seemed whole. I went for the left eye…

    • cs

      exact same for me- left eye ten seconds. works every time, but kinda lame.

  • Esteban Serrano

    i saw it instantly when i look at the eye… but maybe because i have small glasses that help when i’m staring forward… but the edges or not effected… so my brain might be use to fitting them together

  • Porcelain

    worked! but I have an oval lens in my left eye so things like this seem to work easily for me…

  • Gabriel

    cool illusion, i wish i could do that in real life with all the plates i’ve broken…

  • I got the black line to fix, but if I blink or moved my eyes a little, it broke again. Cute.

  • Fred

    While looking at the eyes the entire black line became distorted which did make it look like it was unbroken. The same effect occurred with the white line.

  • Just a lame picture to me.. Without the lobster thing the black line will become one as well I think, it’s just what you put on your plate :)

  • Lil Smily

    i didnt lyk this one<Lameee

  • SnowBerey

    its worked for me but then i tried again then the plate disappeared….. is that a bad sign?????????

  • Cherry Blossom

    It’s true!! It’s actually works!

  • tony

    Black line becoming solid was a secondary effect for me – first thing that happened was white line vanished completely, leaving lobster on a plain blue plate with a v at the top…

    Reminds me of when I was on the loo as a kid and used to stare at the tiles on the floor in the bathroom until the gaps disappeared

  • Honey

    it’s working :bb

  • Janelle McDermott

    I agree, made my eyes hurt and one little flicker and it’s gone, amazing!

  • Ron Calhoun

    It works for me, I like it.

  • Camille

    Oh wow! So cool! I can do it many times! :D

  • Pate

    i saw it…but the trick hurts the eyes. =>
    it also causes a negative image even when you look away – and the dish is also whole

  • William

    :O I know what I’m gonna tell my mom, if I one day break a plate :P

  • Braedon James Poole

    i think whenyou foucs hard enough it just makes your eyes go blury and link

  • That is always amazing to me. How the brain can adjust and change something like that intrigues me. You would think if the brain could do something like that we would not have Alzheimer’s, but I guess only healthy brains can piece the plate back together. (?)

  • Donnie

    This is really stupid ok all yall

  • nice.. if you stare hard and steady enough, the black circle begins to dissappear too. It also gives you an after effect when looking at a white screen afterwards..

  • Barbarella

    It worked for me……..over and over again. The entire plate become whole. Very interesting.

  • HarryPotterFanatic

    Yeah…. it’s not amazing but it’s pretty cool

  • Brad

    Yes it works for me! Except there’s one piece i can’t get to fully conform to the rest, and thats the diagonal “/” piece, i can get the “\” to work, and the inner circle to work too! but not “/” :P
    Very nice illusion.

  • Jupiter

    This is pretty cool. Kinda see the unbroken line out of my peripheral vision but if I try to look at it or shift my vision its gone.

  • Care Bear

    Yes, dropping a lobster on a plate can break it except for Melmac or Correlle. I would try to make yours come together but I just can’t look into its eyes without feeling sorry for it.

  • Pascale Fortin

    It does work, but nothing very impressive there

  • galloots

    it works pree good :)

  • me

    Awesome! I just wish it would happen in real life

  • I dont know how to submit an entry. But this video I saw on youtube is just fantastic

  • max

    easy…. :P

  • Raicuparta

    I’m gonna start doing this with the dishes I break!

  • Pete

    Worked for me me. Not just the black line, but all the circles. Maybe this is why I don’t see all the broken things that my wife puts on the honey-do list. I focus on something else and everything else seems fine. Just a thought.

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  • arrow wolf

    i got it to work but then the outer ring vanished! then the back ground went blue! this is amazing!

  • maddie

    i got it to work, but the i couldnt even see the outer ring

  • DetectiveKitty

    i got it to work well and fast…

  • Dolphin

    I got half to work…And then none to work.

  • Christy

    this is amazing! i got it to work numerous times and quickly too!

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  • heartjunkx

    I stared an the lower eye and the outer circle (black line) started shaking a lot!

  • Someone

    I Still Don’t Get It

  • Kidsrock12347

    i got it to work! :D

  • steve

    cool! it worked for me!

  • mike

    worked for your mom too!!

  • danny

    wo thats weird

  • Laura

    I got it to work, but I would quickly look up at the rim just from reflex and then I would have to do it again :)

  • tristine

    i got it to work quick and easy :D

  • Mel

    I’ve seen this one before. You look at the center eye and the outer circle will blur and correct itself.

  • JayJay

    it worked for me :) i looked in the bottom eye and the black ring started shaking and corrected itself, and then the backround went blue

  • Annie

    omg it didnt work and now i see an afterimage of the stupid lobster! im only eight you know so i dont say bad words like ( i am just gonna copy and paste from stuff i found ) ass OK i say BUTT lol

  • ..

    Wow this is weird..

  • Rain

    i got it to work like twice. and then i looked away and saw a lobster.

  • Popeye

    After 2 minutes looking at the lobster’s eyes, it started to laugh at me!

  • Everett

    Now I have a lobster after-image…

  • Shannon

    I actually watched the lighter blue rings dissolve into each other creating one solid blue plate with the black outline as it mended itself.

  • innocent odega

    Yeah it works each time I concentrate on the eye of the lobster

  • jav


  • Ann McL

    Yupp! Did it!

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