Skull Chaser Optical Illusion

Check the animation below, or simply click this image
Check the animation below, or simply click this image

Here’s an interesting approach to original Lilac Chaser illusion, invented many years ago… Wait for the animation to load, and concentrate on the center dot for a minute or so. Normally the skulls are disappearing in a clock-wise direction, but if you manage to stay still and concentrated, you will experience an afterimage of the rotating skull in places (where there shouldn’t be any). Hope you understood all this babling.

Originally I got this optical illusion from here, and have to admit: I was forced to crop the above and below embedded letters. Sorry dear fellow webmaster, hope you don’t take it against me – it’s just that the letters were too big and spammy for the illusion to be useful anywhere elsewhere than on its original website.

Flying Skulls Afterimage Optical Illusion

  • Cheese

    Dude, that is AWESOME.

  • anonymous


  • iloveillusions

    yay 1st….that is cool

  • mira

    Wow, it works!!!
    And you can do it with a ceiling fan too :P

  • Chad

    I do not get it haha


    this one didn’t work as well as the lilac one did

  • wikiwak

    oh, dear…the glowing eyes trick…now I won’t be able to sleep ! ! !

  • chris


  • 8s nice

  • speak your mind

    scary illusion..1st one to comment.

  • tenshi

    very cool! i really like this!

  • LaureDef

    Hello. I can believe there’s no connection between the success of each illusion and the number of comments. I visit your site everyday, for a long time and I’ve never left a comment. So that’s done now. Great site, that’s true. Some illusions are so impressive that you haven’t anything to say: you are dumb ! I’m a French woman math teacher, and sometimes I show my pupils ( 15-18 years old ) some of your pictures. Never mind about your english… I don’t speak english very well and I understand everything you write. Best regards from Normandy. Laurence.

  • Kalthia

    Whoa, they all disappeared except for the bright white skull going in a circle!

  • tiffany


  • Aliyns

    I see the illusion, but it’s not all that impressive.. The original was better.

  • Mona Mortifica Tuell


  • bas

    can’t see it

  • Detective Kitty

    the skulls don’t completely dissappear to me…and the afterimage is only a few dots…

  • Somebody

    The only thing I could see is that the skull in the middle started to seem like a kissing gorilla O.o

  • ashely

    you guys should try the jesus one go on google images and type in jesus illusion its amazing

  • plopper

    aww it’s a a smiley face.

  • plopper

    if u stare for a min, look away and blink

  • Facebook User

    nothing to see :(

  • Kali

    when i stared at it i didnt see it but when i looked at it for 60 seconds then looked at a white wall and blinked really fast i saw a smiley face … try it

  • Bridget

    i couldn’t see it but my sister could :'(

  • lolipop101

    OMG thats one of the best i have seen!!!! thats amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shell

    Aww, the after image is a smiley face :)

  • i blimked but i’ll try again : )

  • smallfry

    i dont get it, what’s it supposed to do??

  • daniel

    this is just animated picture made in photoshop this is not illusion

  • woot

    when i stare at it for a min or 2…

    F*CK I’M BLIND!!

  • Marie

    uhh, doesn’t work at all. get better illusions, seriously T_T

  • Simon

    I can’t get it to work
    I can’t concentrate on the center skull long enough because of the moving in the background

  • Anna

    Look at the imgae for one minute.
    Then turn away (look at a wall or something) and blink. You should see a white smiley face.

    Hope this helped you :-]

  • alaina

    the afterimage is a smiley face:D how cute

  • joane

    it is cool….if u focus ur eyes on the red spot without blinking ur eyes..u will see that there’s a light under the images of skull moving clockwise..and that what makes the illusion going ;)

  • court

    i dont see anything?i dont get it no matter how long i stare at it and i tried the looking at the wall thing i just dont see it!it loooks the same):

  • court: you look at a wall or anything. you keep staring and then after a minute you will see a skull on the spot where a skull disappeared. it took me a while to see it too, but then i understood.

  • i mean you dont look at a wall. :P

  • Abob

    For me, the disappearing skull kept glowing yelloww…

  • dude

    well ur seein rong! :-}

  • rocker

    sparkling skull..awsum

  • vibudh

    stare at the centre dot fot 1 minute .then close your eyes.the smile with the eyes and nose you can see(when your eyes closed) is the afterimage of the addition of all the skulls.

  • Victoria S.


  • Someone

    i dont get it
    it’s just creepy

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