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Optical Visual Illusion Archive

An archive of visual illusions, optical illusions, and weird illusions to challenge your mind. Many of the images you will find here demonstrate the visual phenomena and will be explained briefly. If you would like to improve upon any descriptions here please contact me with your recomendation. I welcome your feedback.

  • Albert Einstein Marilyn Monroe Illusion Albert Einstein Marilyn Monroe Illusion
    When you look at this picture close range you see Albert Einstein. Now stand up and take several steps back, roughly 15 feet away, It will become Marilyn Monroe.
  • Double Picture Illusion Double Picture Illusion
    A double picture illusion which results in different things for different people.
  • Right or Left Window Right or Left Window
    Is this window on the right or left of this building?
  • The Spinning Dancer The Spinning Dancer
    The Spinning Dancer appears to move both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Stare at her long enough and you will be able to see her rotate both ways.
  • Elephant Leg Illusion Elephant Leg Illusion
    How many legs does this elephant have? 4, 5, 6, maybe 7?
  • Elevator Floor or Long Drop? Elevator Floor or Long Drop?
    A very neat optical illusion elevator floor. So clever you would think twice before stepping into this elevator.
  • The Color Quiz The Color Quiz
    Look at the chart and say the color, not the word. Your right brain tried to say the color, but your left brain was reading the word.
  • Realistic Dice Illusion Realistic Dice Illusion
    As you look at these dice, try to determine if they are standing up, or laying flat.
  • Graffiti Stairs Illusion Graffiti Stairs Illusion
    In this subway, this guy spray painted the wall to appear as an illusion of the stairs coming out of the wall.
  • Landscape Of Faces Illusion Landscape Of Faces Illusion
    Do You See A Landscape of Faces? There are quite a bit. See how many you can count.
  • The Lilac Chaser aka Pac-Man Illusion The Lilac Chaser aka Pac-Man Illusion
    Lilac chaser is a visual illusion, also known as the Pac-Man illusion.
  • Rotating Dot Whirlpool Rotating Dot Whirlpool
    Try staring at this for more than 5 seconds without going crazy. Then try following it around! Curves constantly die out and then re-evolve as part of another curve.
  • Interesting Object Interesting Object
    Here we have an object that may have been photoshopped.
  • Moving Spiral Illusion Moving Spiral Illusion
    Stare at the center for 10 seconds and begin moving your eyes around the outer perimeter... Does it appear to be moving, shimmering, or just making you dizzy?
  • Black Dot Optical Illusion Black Dot Optical Illusion
    Stare at the dark dot in the center for 10 seconds... Now move your head forward and backward. As your head moves closer to your monitor and then back away from your monitor, the circles will appear to be spinning.
  • Reversible Picture Reversible Picture
    What do you see in each picture after it is flipped... Look Closely!
  • What do you See? What do you See?
    Do you see a face? Or do you see the word Liar?
  • Glass Tesseract Animation Glass Tesseract Animation
    This is an interesting illusion animation. It has a very neat effect.
  • Five Hidden Wolves Five Hidden Wolves
    Take a very close look at this image! Look closely to find 5 wolves hidden in the picture.
  • Face Vase Face Vase
    In this illusion the figure and the ground are reversible in all ways.
  • How Can This Be True? How Can This Be True?
    How Can This Be True? If the partitions are the same, shouldn't every space be filled?
  • Stare at this Image Stare at this Image
    Stare at this image as long as you can. It will eventually drive you crazy...
  • Crazy Line Trick Crazy Line Trick
    Are These Lines Straight Or Crooked? Look Closely! Every Line Is Straight!
  • How many faces? How many faces?
    Take a very close look at this image! How many faces can you find in this picture?
  • Rabbit or Duck Illusion Rabbit or Duck Illusion
    Do you see a Rabbit or a Duck? If, you Look Hard, You Can See Both!
  • Sphere Size Illusion Sphere Size Illusion
    A visual illusion of two spheres. Does one appear to be larger than the other? Both of the spheres are the same size.
  • Crawling Bug Spiral Illusion Crawling Bug Spiral Illusion
    Please wait a moment until the spiral has finished loading. When it's spinning smoothly, stare at the center of the spiral for about a minute.
  • Skull illusion Skull illusion
    Take a very close look at this image! Do you see a couple or a skull?
  • Impossible Monumental Columns Impossible Monumental Columns
    Are the columns square or round? Will they support anything?
  • The Picture Of Many Faces The Picture Of Many Faces
    How many faces can you see? Do you see an Elderly Woman, Young Lady, or Man?
  • Gray Circle Illusion Gray Circle Illusion
    Stare at the black dot... Did you see the Gray circle disappear?
  • Wavy Lines Illusion Wavy Lines Illusion
    Are these lines straight and parallel? Use a straight edge to test what you see.
  • Schematics Confusion Schematics Confusion
    Try to determine the orientation of the items! Perception is off a little... Look Closely! This one will leave your mind confused...
  • Tallest Soldier Illusion Tallest Soldier Illusion
    Can You Pick Out the Tallest Soldier? Did You Find Him? Hmm... They Are All the Same Height!
  • What do you see? What do you see?
    Take a close look at this image. What do you see? Do you see a Beautiful Woman? Or a Cool Jazz Horn Blower?
  • You Were on my Mind You Were on my Mind
    Take a very close look at this image! What do you see? Sex is on a man's mind.
  • Count The Black Dots Count The Black Dots
    Try and count the black dots. How many do you come up with?
  • Ponzo Illusion Ponzo Illusion
    In the Ponzo illusion the converging parallel lines tell the brain that the image higher in the visual field is further away therefore the brain perceives the image to be larger, although the two images hitting the retina are the same size.
  • Double Imaging Picture Double Imaging Picture
    Do you see the face? Or an Eskimo? Good Luck Figuring It Out!
  • Crazy Line Illusion Crazy Line Illusion
    Analyze the 2 Purple lines. Do they appear to be Straight Or Crooked?
  • Kanizsa Triangle Kanizsa Triangle
    In the accompanying figure a white equilateral triangle is perceived... but in fact none is drawn. This effect is known as a subjective or illusory contour.
  • The Penrose Triangle The Penrose Triangle
    The Penrose triangle is considered the impossible figure. The Penrose triangle appears to be solid on the page, but it cannot be built.
  • Barber Pole illusion Barber Pole illusion
    The Barber pole illusion is a visual illusion that reveals biases in the processing of visual motion in the human brain.
  • Face on Earth Face on Earth
    Take a look at the picture below... Can you see the Face on earth?
  • Gradient illusion Gradient illusion
    Simultaneous Contrast Illusion. The horizontal gray bar is the same shade throughout.
  • What do you see? What do you see?
    Take a close look at this image. What do you see? Do you see an old man's face or two lovers kissing?
  • The Bezold Effect The Bezold Effect
    The Bezold effect is an optical illusion, where a color may appear different depending on its relation to adjacent colors.
  • Crazy Objective Schematic Illusion Crazy Objective Schematic Illusion
    Is it possible to build this gadget? Look Closely and try to determine the orientation of the picture!
  • The Crystal Ball The Crystal Ball
    Take a very close look at this image! Stair at the very center crystal ball. Move your eyes very close to the screen and then move away.
  • Light Bulb Illusion Light Bulb Illusion
    Stair closely at this light bulb for 20 - 25 seconds. Then immediately stare at a white area on the screen or at a sheet of paper. You should see a glowing light bulb!
  • Stair Illusion Stair Illusion
    Take a very close look at this image! What do you see? Now, imagine yourself walking in a clockwise fashion. These stairs NEVER end! You will go up and up and up.
  • How many colors where used? How many colors where used?
    Take a very close look at this image! How many colors where used to make this image?
  • Stare at the Circles Stare at the Circles
    Stare at the Circles Below and determine if they are moving or not...
  • The Moving Man The Moving Man
    Does it look like he is moving to you? Well, he's not!
  • The Wacky Spiral The Wacky Spiral
    Do You See A Large Spiral? Well, if you do, You are WRONG. If you look very closely you will see many independent circles.
  • Find The Dog Find The Dog
    Take a close look at this image. Can you find the doggy in this picture?
  • Colored Cube Optical Illusion Colored Cube Optical Illusion
    Is the blue side on the inner left back or the outer left front? Good Luck Figuring It Out!
  • Presidential Illusion Presidential Illusion
    Take a very close look at this image! Who do you see? Looks like Ex-President Bill Clinton right?
  • Building Block Illusion Building Block Illusion
    Do you think it is possible to build this block from the blueprint? It's virtually impossible.
  • Do you see a spiral? Do you see a spiral?
    Do you see a spiral? Actually, these are a bunch of independent circles! Creating the illusion of a spiral...
  • Circle Illusion Circle Illusion
    Is the left center circle bigger? Actually, they're both the same size.
  • Triangle Illusion Triangle Illusion
    Take a close look at this so called triangle! Try to perceive its' orientation. Seems impossible.
  • Face or Illusion Face or Illusion
    Photo taken by Viking 1 in 1976. What do you see? Is it a Face or just an Illusion?
  • Cube Optical Illusion Cube Optical Illusion
    Is the small cube inside a larger cube? Or do you see a small cube on the outside of a larger cube?
  • Vertical Lines or Not? Vertical Lines or Not?
    Take a very close look at the 2 vertical lines. Do you think one line is longer than the other?
  • Checker Board Illusion Checker Board Illusion
    Checker Board Illusion... Take a very close look at Block A and Block B. Do you think that the colors are a different shade of gray?
  • Courtyard or Terrace Illusion Courtyard or Terrace Illusion
    Is this a Courtyard or Terrace? You Decide...