Ticino Village Optical Illusion


From the style and motive used in this painting, I presume it was created by famous Sandro Del Prete. It depicts a passageway in Ticino, southernmost canton of Switzerland, which by the way is the only canton where Italian is the sole official language.

I like this one because it’s plain simple, and doesn’t favor none of the two illusory motives it holds. That being said, can you easily switch between old man’s profile and two of the Ticino people? Usually these kind of illusions struggle to push intended (illusory) motive to the front, while the other one is then too much blended with the background, thus making it much harder to see. I find it masterful when both motives have the same weight instead of when artists try to force the illusion!

BTW, how many of you noticed that we surpassed the 100 MILLION VISITOR milestone? I believe we are one of the rare webs that still use the counter (see footer). I’m aware there is zero chance that 100 million different people saw our website, yet makes you wonder how popular we became since our beginning. Enjoy another fine illusion brought to you by Mighty Optical Illusions!

  • Care Bear

    Looks like a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. I don’t want to be just part of the scenery.

    • goodygirl

      good one

  • Congrats on your 100 million visitors! Great work. As for this illusion, I find it very easy and pleasant to look at. I wish I had a picture of it to hang in my home.

  • I’m a bit bothered by the lack of filling from beyond the arch, but if I think of it as mist, it’s a good illusion.

  • roadpizza

    This reminds me of the illusion of the two faces/candlestick picture that was in every high school psychology text book. They tried to tell us that no one could see both at the same time. It seems laughable now, but back then they were dead serious. WTF!!!

  • Mary Beth

    This is awsome, I love it!

  • I do like that – with both images competing for my attention at the same time.

    Congratulations on the 100 million milestone, Vurdlak! I’m glad to be part of that. Hope you keep up the entertainment and education – best wishes for the second hundred million!

  • Slammer

    Wow, that is very balanced. probably the best one of this type I’ve ever seen! And not to be a stickler, but “dosn’t favor none”? Haha… that’s a pretty obvious mistake :) but cool illusion

  • Rosio

    wow!! i love these kind of illusions :) lol

  • Voigt_Meister

    I agree that this is a very masterful illusion.
    Well done.

  • colin

    cool illusion
    btw im the 100,929,052 person here

  • Mary

    Congratulations! I’m constantly amazed that you can come up with something new every day.
    Like this illusion, I could see the man but my eyes kept wanting to change him into the profile, the woman was easier for me to see in both ways.

  • NeeL

    Nice. The old man is a bit favored to me. I guess that is because some of the old man aspects aren’t clear in the two people picture. Like the linings above his eye, or his hair (hay?) sticking out, defying gravity.

    That’s why, I guess, I can’t see the two people without still seeing the old guys head.

  • MR. Majorca

    Saletisti Natsaa!!!!!!!!!!

  • psb

    As an igoogle gadget I only saw the head. Coming to the website, I immediately saw the 2 people. Clever.

  • Dick

    This is great but it appears to me there are four people.–The man holding a rake, the woman with a bundle of hay on her back, a bald headed man and a shaggy haired old man that is hard to see made from the girl.

    • Is it bundle of hay on the girl’s back or is it a small tree at the side of the road?

  • KaneStagg

    Honestly, I had a lot of difficulty seeing the two people. Despite knowing they were there (because a head was too easy), I had to force myself to see them.

  • Kool

    How many people supposed to be there?

  • Bobina_

    Oh hey, there’s a counter… :\

  • a person

    this is really cool…….. who’s the guy????

  • Barb

    100,980,030……….I’m here for ya…….

  • Xheia

    Sandro Del-Prete has a book that I’m sure you, Vurdlak, and other visitors would like to read, The Master of Illusions. I’m pretty this would be a great way to expand your gallery (you may want to email him about using the illustrations, if you haven’t already). The book is the reason I found this site, after I looked up optical illusions online after reading it.

  • anon.

    Congrats on the 1 million visitors Vurdlak.
    Loved this illusion, and I think there might be another similar illusion with the lady carrying the hay. If you focus a bit, she looks like an old crone.

  • Enticing Beauties

    I Like These,

    Saw A Couple Of These Several Years Ago On A Poster Site.

    Two Images Creating One

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