Spinning Ferry Wheel Illusion


Hey everyone! While you are reading this, I’m probably on my student journey to Santorini and Kreta in Greece. This is some kind of excursion students in my country take at the end of their college. I’m still 2 years from finishing it, but can’t hurt to travel, right? This post was written before my trip and my brother activated it as I ordered him (he is the one responsible for Mighty Magic Tricks). Hope he doesn’t mess this, and correctly activates my optical illusion articles in the following days (VIX don’t ruin this site!)(Vix: buahaha!).

Concerning the illusion, the wheel on the left is classic optical illusion we’ve already seen in famous Spinning Girl Illusion. Basically, if you observe the wheel carefully, you can make it turn both ways. You’ll need some training, but after few minutes, you’ll be able to change the spinning direction very quickly!

  • Random

    This is a great illusion – don’t look at it too long or you get dizzy!

    I think I know how it’s done, but I won’t spoil the surprise so early in the posts.

  • Anonymous

    if you look at the middle it just goes left right left right and it doesnt spin and if you look in the hut at the bottom it stops and bounces up and down

  • Eva

    kool i made it turn both ways!!!
    im not very good but i can make it work…

  • Stephen

    That is a great illusion. I can’t see how it works, but it is great.

  • Chelsey-Ann

    WOW!Thats really clever! But I managed to turn the wheel both ways straight away.

  • macromania

    hasn’t this illusion been posted before on this site?

    anyway, thanks for bringing it back up again.. it’s one of my favourites.

  • Anonymous

    i see it i see it!! at first it was just clockwise, but now it can go either way!

  • Chris

    thats well cool, i have ‘trained’ myself, and can make it switch any to go any way, of course we know its only two frames alternating with the same time difference but none the less, still good.

  • Trigger

    I think I built one of those! Mine did not seem to turn both ways though!

  • Death

    Thats awsome!

  • amit

    really cool ilussion :)
    up & down you look that what change the dirction

  • Lin (boggart girl)

    I find it easy to turn the wheel when you look at the purpe and blue area in the middle.

  • angellegg

    Incredible ! It turn both ways !

  • Anonymous


  • Tony

    Lol that is weird

  • Cody

    its a timed procedure… every (about) 30 seconds it changes directon


    (im finally first)

  • Pedro

    in this one we can actually change the direction if we concentrate. but on the girl one i think its just the animation changing direction. ima go check it fbf

  • **cara**

    wow, i like this one, i can actually do it, i couldn’t get the spinning girl to spin both ways! this one’s easier! cool. p.s. First Comment?!

  • Mike

    When i blink it spins the other way!

    Very cool illusion.

  • Anonymous


  • Nathan

    no1ns there 2 activate comments 2 bad. this illusion is evrywer and evry1ns seen it, is this the best u could come up with?

  • Anonymous

    MUHAHAHA! I am able to make it go both ways. My mind is all powerful. but no really this is a cool illusion. :-)

  • Sheepa

    Nice one, much easier to control than the spinning girl one though. Just took me a few secs to make this go in the desirable way.

  • Anonymous

    It didn’t take me that long to get it to change, maybe 5 seconds after I read the article, maybe a little less or a little mor, point is, it was easy for me. I think that that is one of the best illusions on this site (that I’ve seen)

    keep up the good work!!!

    Oh, and Mighty Magic tricks is awesome too!!!!

  • JAE

    Nice illusion! – but should it not be called a Ferris wheel, after the American guy who built the first large one?

  • edouard

    it’s the illusion of an illusion…

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    amazing illusion!!! I can change direction with my mind!

  • Anonymous

    This one is ten times easier than the spinning woman one

  • Anonymous

    all it takes for me to get it to change directions is to look at it through one eye, then change the eye i look through.

  • jeffrey


  • Anonymous

    love this one! just flick your eyes to one side to make it go one way and vice versa…though if you stare at the centre of the wheel, you can see that it just kinda rocks back and forth =P

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, I got it right away! Definitely one of my favorites!

  • garrett

    it’s been done too many times to be cool any more!!!

    P.S. First comment?

  • TiKo

    Vearrreee enterestink!

  • Anonymous

    thats crazy.

  • David Noel

    To see it spin oposite, look away then relook at it. The illusion is two frames…. just offset. So if you catch the first frame on the left, you will see it going clockwise, and vise versa.

  • =P

    pretty cool, although i’ve seen this one before. it is actually just composed of just 2 frames.

  • Anonymous

    this is actually very easy. what i did is close one eye at a time and it would spin to the opposite direction when i blinked

  • Belinda

    Very pretty! Easy to change direction, though: I just looked to the left, and suddenly it was turning counter-clockwise. Whichever side I’m looking at is moving downward. Does it work that way for others?

  • scottie

    It is also just 2 pictures going back and forth

  • Anonymous

    neat! i had to stare at the center for awhile to see if it was really an illusion or just a loop that changed directions occasionally…

  • Anonymous

    Call me simple minded….but that is just the coolest illusion! ;o)

  • Anonymous

    ok well to change the direction (atleast this way i can), you look at the Top right of the ferris wheel and you’ll see it spinning clock wise, if you look to the top left, you will see it spinning Counter Clock wise…

  • Anonymous

    what?! that was amazing!

  • Charlieman5255

    1st Comment!!!

    I think it works because it’s just two pictures going back and forth. you acn do this with the lights that go around movie pictures at the movie theater.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a FERRIS wheel. (not ferry)

  • Maisking

    Thats amazing. I can do magic with my own eyes!!!

  • nellvan

    do you have to have a widget to actually SEE the illusion? escape from the crimson room was the first one i ever saw.

  • Anonymous

    well good

  • Erich

    Hi. When I look wheel in the up side, it changes direction continuously, every 2-3 seconds!
    I’m crazy?!!
    (I’m sorry for grammatical errors, but I don’t speak english!!!).

  • Julie

    Nice! It didn’t take me too long at all to be able to change the direction of the wheel. I looked at the center first and then followed one of the arms out to the side quickly, and then I was able to make it go backwards. (I obviously saw forwards first!)

  • kage

    Really bad, just look at the middle.. this is not a illuson :S

  • Anonymous

    this one was easier to “manipulate” than the spinning girl illusion…

    good one though.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I am a master!

  • Drama Queen

    this is one of the coolest illusions ever i love it to pieces. will there be any more similar to it because they are great!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow this one is real. Thanks for not posting another fake one of these.

  • mango

    can make it go whichever, including switching constantly. Fun!

    Have a nice trip!

  • Angel

    Very good. Very simple.

  • Anonymous

    1st comment!
    Wicked illusion!

  • Anonymous

    If you can’t make it spin both directions, try blinking … and “think” of it going the other way. Works like a charm.

    I found this easier than the spinning ballerina one myself

  • Anonymous

    Hehe.. I might have seen this one a little to many times but if you look in the middle it looks like it’s stuck (Cuz the animation itself is just 2 frames/pictures looping)

  • Phill

    OMG this is true. In the start it took some concetration to make it change direction, but after i minute i could do i in a snap.

    This illusion is cool

  • Анастасия

    I didn’t get the one with the girl, but this is cool!

  • Anonymous

    This is really cool. Looking at it, it spins either way.

  • Anonymous

    i can make it go back and forth taht’s easy.

  • Anonymous

    If you close your eyes, imagine it going the other way, it will.

    If you close your eyes, imagine it getting “stuck” and wobbling back and forth, it will.

    Pretty cool.

  • Anonymous

    look at the middle, its just going back and forth quickly so it looks like its spinning

  • Aroosa

    That’s rally cool. I got it before a few minutes. How about everyone else?

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh Nyquist, good to know you still exist…

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it actually called… a Ferris Wheel…?

  • Krystina

    I did it! (1st)

  • Anonymous

    thats sooooooo cool it really works

  • jb

    its obvious, fergy is fat thats what its about = )

  • Anonymous

    ha, it makes my eyes hurt!
    but for me it changes direction after i blink!?

  • Robin

    I like this one! :-)

  • Anonymous

    It a Ferris wheel, Not Ferry! Dont be dumb.

  • Anonymous

    oohhh, ahhh….

  • Anonymous

    I lokked in the center and saw that the center of the wheel was going back and forth, so it’s not going any direction.

  • Anonymous

    Its not spinning, just fliping side to side.
    Cool illusuion though

  • Anonymous

    A few minutes… how about a few seconds?

  • Anonymous

    this illusion is awesome!i luv it!

  • Yummeh

    Ok thats all.

  • i*is*awesome

    i think that this has sumthin to do with the angle were looking at this and that it keeps flashing from light to dark
    um…. am i the first one?

  • Simon

    Nice Very cool.

  • t3hbl00dy

    It is too easy to manipulate

  • Anonymous

    aha, I figgered out to do it. anyways, :woohoo first comment!!
    -a person

  • PavelK

    It’s simple :) I really like spinning girl most.

    P.S. VIX, glad you’ve managed :)

  • Anonymous


  • Bas


    there are just 2 pictures, you can confirm this by looking at the bottem or at the centre.

  • Anonymous

    Haha I love this.

    I can do the same thing with my fan at home, but it takes longer, so its not something you can change, its a trick of the eye.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve also done this with a fan, specifically my ceiling fan spinning at a low speed. Usually happens late at night when I’m trying to fall asleep and find myself staring up at the ceiling. :)

  • Anonymous

    dude that was crazy when i turned my head left and right it would move but thats just me

  • edderiofer

    #16, it’s every second, not every 30 seconds…

  • Steven P.

    Look at the middle. Notice its shakes, not spins. However, our eyes perceive that it is spinning, because it is shaking both ways. This was done by a 12 year old.

  • Anonymous

    Lol cool :)

    It does make me dizzy tho -.-

    To me it goes the different direction every 2 seconds

    But I think that might just b me :S

  • Anonymous

    You just need to look at the base and then back at the wheel ~ that’s how to make it change direction….

  • Samantha

    —big spoiler—

    just look at the position of the wheel. imagine it on the outside and it turns clockwise imagine it facing you it turns counter clockwise

  • kabobohan

    try looking right side…it turns right doesn’t it?
    now try looking at the left side…and it turns to the left… pretty cool though..

  • Tom

    Wow!! its amazing!! everytime i turn my eyes the otehr direction the wheel went that way!!
    very cool

  • chris bott

    Seeing this illusion made me realize how they achieved the spinning woman. That one had me amazed and baffled.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, now every time I blink it switches direction! :)

  • clarrisa

    coooool!thats fun!!!!

  • you can also make it stop spinning cool illusion

  • liam

    its not even spinning it moving one way then the other really fast to give it the effect that its spinning.

  • Eric

    wow i like this illusion!
    its really fun

  • i.love.illusions

    at first i could not make it change directions… then i decided to try looking at the center of the wheel and that got it to change. after that i could make it change any time i wanted like flicking a switch. either by blinking or twitching my eyes left or right. can’t make it stop spinning, though…

  • yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

  • :) :( :D

    This is simple if u look at the middle of the image. All it is is 2 images switching back and forth.

  • cheyenne

    its like going back and forth rapidly and thats how u think its going around and around but its just going back-forth-back-forth ect.

  • toni

    i see it

  • Niko

    there’s just 2 images shifting rapidly, that’s all to it, just 2 static images switching, giving the impression of movement

  • MSSTLove

    IM Special, i could make it switch right away :D

  • Grace

    It’s FERRIS wheel.

  • Abu

    Its just a animated image(gif) with a pre-determined time do change the direction.
    This image is trolling you guys.

  • @tom me too;)

  • Kozupii

    Try looking at the Base of the Structure… if you seee that it only Frames a Left to right , Simultaneous Shake as in (Shaking a Doorknob) you could be able to catch yourself on the Spinning left if you focused more on the (Left twitch) and Via with the Right.

  • says

    Stare at the outer part of the wheel than turn your eyes the way you want it to go.

  • mirage

    fake, the animation is manipulated to make the mind think the wheel has started spinning in the other direction. If it all were just a matter of the mind then it wouldn’t flip after so many seconds every single time. Don’t believe me? Time it.

  • raw

    Also works with your ceiling fan! may take longer to “make it work” though…

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