Trippy Animated Illusion


One of our fans, person that goes under the nickname BSmile sent me some of his favorite .gif creations. I found them interesting enough, but wasn’t sure were they considered illusory enough to be presented on this site. Until I stumbled upon this animation below. Whoa! Can you see the illusion before I point it out? If not, concentrate on the pink cell-like formations. I don’t understand how BSmile managed to get them to constantly appear to shrink, while in fact their size is constant. Please reply you if see them shrink too, or have I gone crazy an started to see things…

  • jorjeea

    rofl love it <3
    Also first comment. Had to :D

    • Bob

      It is awesome and I do see it shrinking – after I look away – whatever I look at seems to be distorted for a while. Then when I look back they are large and start their shrinking. A real game changer.

  • Thanks for posting my animation Vurdlak.
    BTW, this was created using only 4 individual frames.

  • Laura

    Hey man! I don’t know about the shrinking pink things, but I do know that watching this makes me get the munchies! Peace Out!

  • I thnk I could watch that for hours.

  • ice_wolf325

    i love it! it matches my theme for igoogle homepage

  • Cyphis

    Yeah they constantly appear to shrink. Took me a min to find out which part was not changing, but the pink does seem to be stable as the rest is dynamic.

  • Anonymous

    I saw it shrinking too! :)

  • amiee

    o.o trippy stuff

  • dave

    Where do you find the answers to the illusions on this site if you can’t figure out what they are?

  • that’s a great one. I stare at it and it really seems like it is shrinking and moving away from me.

  • catzrules

    love it :) really awesome illusion! second comment :)

  • Jeff

    Wow, not only do I see them shrink, but they almost seem to keep going down a tunnel. I found that if I stare at them long enough, I can actually kind of hold and release them in motion, and if I blur my vision slightly, they reverse and grow.

  • darthnix

    if you look in the corners, it looks like they are shrinking into the corners

  • Care Bear

    If I wasn’t tripping before this illusion, I am now. It was fun.

  • JohnnyDuck

    I see it!

  • to me it looks like the whole “snowflake” keeps moving away. great animation!

  • Taylor

    awesome!!! i see it :D

  • Slammer

    WOAH!!! that’s awesome!

  • Iva

    nope, you’re not crazy :] i see it too
    it’s really neat

  • Jacob

    looks like the pink thingamagummys are spinning around and they seem to expand and shrink constantly

  • Moorish

    Technically the shapes are shrinking, while being replaced by new ones.

    Meh, not for me.

    • Cyphis

      No they are not technically shrinking. That’s the point. You simply fell for the illusion which means “meh,” it is for you.

  • a person

    this is so cool…….i c it shrinking
    love this

  • ryan

    they get smaller

  • Alice

    OMG! So cool, I love it!!! :) :D

  • popesantaxiv

    I found that so soothing…

  • janeth.chavez

    REALMENTE INCREIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vic 181

    shrinking maybe ? but can u see the jumping frogs as well lol don’t know if they were intentional or are they just an optical illision ??? lol

  • tori886

    haha just because we both see the pink things move doesn’t mean you aren’t crazy, it just means that we are both CRAZY!

  • Pete

    The pink ovals definately appear to be shrinking. I also see the corner pink objects to be retracting into the corners and seeminly disappear. Furthermore, the pink ovals that are shrinking suddenly grow back to their original size and begin shrinking again. Also, stare at the image for about 20-30 seconds and then look at a wall – reminds me of my mushroom days! lol

    I love my brain!

  • awesome!

  • Laura

    Whoa it’s getting smaller O_o

  • :O woh

  • CD


  • Dave

    whoa! I’m not sure what would happen if you stare at it for long, but it seems something would.


    Trippy is right!

  • Kidsrock12347

    yeah it does look like there shrinking, u not going crazy :P

  • Aja

    the yellow radiating out from the center makes the background appear to be getting bigger, which makes the pink appear to be getting smaller.

  • Jeremiah

    Yeah, and if you look at the corners (for me anyway) it seems as thought they’re shrinking away offpage…. pretty neat stuff

  • LIKE!

  • SnowBerey

    lol at first im like whats the illusion? i only see them shrinking…. then im like OMG THAT IS THE ILLUSION!!!!! lol im smart :P

  • Rebecca

    haha its awesome BTW nice way to be first! xP

  • Lol


  • The illusion is very nice, I to visuallised the pink spots contacting and violet colured regions continuously expanding ,I enjoyed it!! thanks for sharing!!

  • Jeff

    Very strange. Yes they do appear to shrink. Nicely done.

  • Larry Bergeron

    the snow-flake pattern does seem to shrink, and the same time i see the pattern receding into the distance but at the same time it stays the same size. ive seen stuff like this before, and it a trip.
    this is the first that ive registered, but ive been viewing MOI for maybe a year. very good stuff, i “LIKE” it!

  • Louie

    I couldn’t look at this for more than five seconds. This is almost exactly what I see when I suffer from migraine headaches. Not pretty.

  • Kathy McCormick

    I do see them shrinking

  • Buckyball

    Very nice, it’s the surroundings that shrink and therefore you assume the pink parts are shrinking as well.

    By the way, at first I saw shrinking, but I can also see it expanding!!

  • Tony

    It’s just an illusion boss:)

  • jclark

    trippy is right

  • Sparky

    It shrinks amazingly fast!

  • Michelle

    Definitely trippy. My first impression was that they’re shrinking too, but if you really watch one you can see that they don’t. Excellent!

  • Tim

    Yes, it looks like they’re shrinking.
    That doesn’t mean you’re not crazy. It just means you aren’t seeing things.

  • bluepool

    so amazing!

  • Jupiter

    Wow. Pretty cool though it hurts my eyes…. But I DO see them shrink. It seems any moment they should disappear..

  • Tamara

    They’re shrinking….but they’re not. Trippy!

  • Nate

    second comment!!! they are so shrinking

  • parclair

    No, they are not fixed, they are shrinking. ‘-D

  • Kimon

    The lines glide over the purple patches. The lines shrink,the purple patches don’t.

  • fossda

    its a good optical illusion,it looks like its shrinking but really its srinking and getting bigger.

  • William

    Really nice illusion!

    Also, I noticed this: If you focus on the center for some time, it’ll seem like the pink dots in the corners of the picture moves further and further away from the center, and at last disappear!

  • barbara barron

    Yep they shrink, but the centre star explodes. Very good! hate to look at it with having had too much to drink!

  • I see it and so does my friend. Nice illusion!

  • Mommynator

    but seriously…WITCHCRAFT!!!

  • Love it! I am lamo!! The comments cracked me up, I looked back at the image, and it cracked me up!! You all are great~


  • Curious… I wonder if you can force yourself to see the exact opposite; every line and curve moving in the opposite direction (and thus instead of shrinking, expanding).
    But that depends on the number of static pictures that it contains. Are there two, or are there three? (or even four?)

  • Bruce

    Is there a way to permanently download or buy this Illusion for one’s on computer?

    • The easiest way to save this GIF (in Windows) is to ‘right-click’ on your mouse and choose ‘save as’. Then save it to a designated folder on your hard drive.

      Glad everyone (mostly) is enjoying it.


  • Techrocket9

    Nuuuutttsss… It’s real:

    That’s the best illusion in a long time…

  • Vera

    Whoa is what I got. Very nice work!

  • Milly McKimmy

    the definitely appear to shrink

  • Glenn Willis

    Thankyou it was refreshing!!

  • Dolphin

    It gives the illusion of the pink spots getting smaller,very nice.I love it.

  • Glenn Willis

    To me they appear to come at me!,then go around then back in!!!

  • ZL123

    Yes, they do appear to shrink!
    But I can also force myself to make them look fixed.
    Good job!

  • Eva

    Creepy! Sure looks like its shrinking.

  • Try blinking fast, it wont shrink

  • Sean

    Are you sure this ain’t animated? This is making my eyes hurt…

  • Shriya

    if you look in the middle it stops moving!!!! try it and see for yourself!!!

    • Shriya

      it didn’t happen the second time…it was just coincidence. and it is definitly animated coz I pasted it onto word document and it stopped moving!!!!!

  • stormfox

    concentrate on the centre, and the corners will leap away o0

  • AJ

    it looks like they are pulsating. my eyes are hurting now.

  • MIki

    Definitely shrinking !

  • ertq

    its not the outer side of is pink a little inner side is slight green in the pink that you cant recognise. inner alittle greener the in is real green and the flowing to center effect distrat your concentration massively that you cannot concentrate. so you think that shape gotta get lost in the center that it gets alitte bigger thant it gets aliitle smaller thats what we saw
    but its alittle distraction trick

  • Cynder

    Its a gif image so its animated… FAIL

    • Bogdan

      Oh god dammit, if you look in the middle it shrinks, read first and then post.

  • vince jory

    its cool but hurts my eyes

  • kell

    wow cool its an animation the pink stuff isnt shrinking the outer beadsare getting smaller then bigger

  • narvin

    fake optical illusion, its a animation that is moving, not a picture , u can con others but not me , try using paint of somehting to open nit will stop moving

    • Bogdan

      READ and then post, it’s gonna shrink if you look in the middle.

  • awseomeness


  • miracle albario

    it is shrinking but it is not,, how amazing!!
    i felt like anytime,, it will disappear

  • yasmin

    i see the get smaller to i think

  • Rachel

    They are shrinking. its a constant streem of lines and they shrink but new lines replace them giving the aperance of never shrinking.

    • austin

      yes its like the mirror effect it looks like its getting smaller because the lines are moving closer while the pink stays the same and the lines fade and new lines appear

  • lonnie

    use your best Chong voice, “Hey, far out man, now pass the acid”

  • Grace

    And not an

  • BSmile

    Do you like it

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