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Rotating Moving Spots !

Okay, for this illusion, instead of staring at it, stare off to the side. Look at this illusion with your peripheral vision (from the side). Don't completely look away from it, just look at it from the corner of your eye. Scrool down for the explanation of it. Can you believe it, and illusion where I tell you NOT to stare at the illusion! Hah. Now, look off to the side, just a few inches, or about 10 centimeters for it to work.

rotating moving spots eye trick

This is another one that I find to be pretty incredible. The animated image above shows three cylinders that appear to move up and down, and as they move up and down, it looks like they are moving to the right. This effect is enhanced if you are looking at the cylinders from the side. Yes, they are moving up and down, but they are moving perfectly in a verticl line. They aren't moving to the right even one pixel!

Why does this work? Well, in your peripheral vision, your mind is more trained to recognize motion that straight on, so perhaps that's why it works better when you look at it from the side. Also, the bigger the illusion the better. In this next box, you'll see the same animated image, but it's much smaller, and the effect isn't quite as good, but you may still find that it's slightly noticeable.


smaller moving spots

Now this isn't as amazing as the biger illusion above, but it still works! Do you think that we notice the bigger spots more from an evolutionary standpoint, because bigger things would mean more danger, therefore we would devote more attention to them? Or does it just seem to work better because you can more clearly see the rotating columns?


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Diamonds appear to be the same shade. But they're not!

Same Shade Diamonds

Wow! It will look like the diamonds on the top are much darker than the diamonds on the bottom.

Perfect and printable! This is a very strong optical illusion, and is even noticeable in the small image to the left. Doesn't it look like the top row is considerably darker than each successive row?

moving red spiral

Moving Red Spiral
Sometimes, while I'm just playing around in Photoshop, something appears, as if by magic. This illusion was one of those that just jumps off the page.

It's a large red spiral on a purple background that appears to jump and move. Works better for some people than others, but if you like the moving illusions, you'll love it! Although this small image might move a bit as you read these words, the larger versions are even better!

» Moving spiral image...

9/13/2011 - Floating Wood Blocks Video
Created these floating wooden blocks and attached them to a globe. Watch the video and see how the blocks follow the camera! Pretty amazing!

You can launch the video on this page, or go to the page that describes it a bit more View the video...

moving backgrounds

Moving Backgrounds

It moves! You must zoom in to get the full illusion. You'll see the rings rotate, even though they are not moving at all.

We've created several sizes so you can use as your desktop background.

 

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