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60 Amazing Optical Illusion & Paradox Pictures You Must See

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An optical illusion (also known as visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. Today we’ve crawled deep into the Internet and gathered 60 incredibly amazing illusion pictures that can stimulate your brain! In this comprehensive collection, you can find many visual perceptions, optical illusions, paradoxes, and perception puzzles. You better be prepared that these images will trick your eyes to make you question whether seeing really is believing! Without further ado, let’s check out the photos and take this opportunity to exercise our mind!


Tell us which optical illusion impresses you the most?

1. Face Off

2. The Glowing Core
Look into the centre point and stare for a while. How many colours can you see altogether in the object? You should see a purplish circle and the 4 rotating ‘wings’ are tinted green. Make sure you always keep focused on the centre.

3. Look at the dots in the middle of image for a long time. Then quickly close your eyes and look at a bright light. What can you see?

4. Wheel of Confusion
Which way is the wheel turning? If you focus on the red dots and follow them round, it appears to be rotating anti-clockwise. However, if you follow the yellow dots round instead, the whole wheel will be turning the other way!

5. Vanishing Fluff
This is an amazing illusion, just stare at the black dot for a while and you will see the colored ‘fluff’ disappear!

6. Checkerboard with Shadow
The squares labeled A and B are the same shade of gray. This can be verified by joining the squares marked A and B with two vertical stripes of the same shade of gray

7. The Mysterious Square
The colored pieces of this puzzle can be rearranged to form two “13 by 5 right triangles” that have different surface areas. This is a visual paradox that can be explained mathematically.

8. Man in Pillars
Do you see a man in between these pillars?

9. Zebra

10. Camel’s Shadows

11. Funny Optical Illusion

12. Afterimage
Look steadily at the cross in the center of the picture to see an afterimage.

13. Moving Beans
The image above is a static, the beans are not moving

14. Happy Kettles
Notice the face of the kettles? Those are just reflections of the stove.

15. Lighters
Seeing two lighters? The right one is drawn and the left one is real.

16. This is one of the most famous optical illusions. What do you see at first glance? An old woman or a young miss?

17. An Old Couple – see profiles of faces – is remembering the times when they were young and full of life – see the sitting characters (“Forever Always” by Octavio Ocampo)

18. See the face of a soldier and a man that is bending over on the below eye illusion.

19. Turn the picture upside down to see how men see women after 6 beers.

20. Is this a lady or a saxophone player?

21. This image is interesting. Children will probably see a group of playing dolphins. But adults see usually something else. It’s called Message of Love from the Dolphins (by Sandro Del-Prete).

22. How many faces can you see on this picture? (There should be 11 faces.)

23. Do you know all numbers can be created by using only two numerals – 4 and 8.

24. Can you find “the hidden tiger”? Not the obvious one that everyone sees. Look for words in stripes.

25. Primrose’s Field
This illusion already looks quite ‘wavy’, but if you try slowly moving the mouse cursor up and down the center of the image and focus on the cursor. You should see the picture ‘waving’ in an incredible way.

26. A Bulge
Would you believe that the lines in this picture below are completely parallel?

27. What line is longer, from a to b, or from b to c? In fact, they’re both the same length.

28. Which semicircle is brighter – the top or the bottom half?

29. All of the red lines are completely parallel would you believe?

30. Rotating Snakes
One of the most famous rotating illusions.

31. Blind Spot Experiment
To find your blind spot, close your left eye and focus your right eye on the tiny cross. At some point the big circle will disappear as it crosses your ‘blind spot’. If you can’t see this effect, then try sitting closer/further from the screen.

32. This is another blind spot experiment. Close your right eye. With your left eye, look at the L below. Slowly move your head closer or further away from the screen while looking at the L. The R will disappear when your head is approximately 50 cm (20 in) from the screen. You can repeat the experiment with your right eye by looking at the R.

33. The circle and the squares appear distorted by the background patterns.

34. The vertical lines are both the same length.

35. Ebbinghaus Illusion
The two orange circles are exactly the same size; however, the one on the left seems smaller.

36. There are only white circles at the intersections

37. Blue-Green Illusion
This image has only three colors. What appears to be blue and green is actually the same color.

38. Wavy Squares?
The background of concentric circles makes the squares appear distorted.

39. Rotating Wheels
The circles appear to rotate when you move your head closer and further away from the screen while looking at the dot in the center.

40. Stare at the black center. Do you see it getting bigger? Guess what. It’s not changing.

41. Fraser Spiral Illusion
The overlapping black arc segments appear to form a spiral; however, the arcs are a series of concentric circles.

42. Leaning Tower of Pisa Illusion
Which of the following two images of the tower of Pisa seems to be leaning more?

43. Look at the man on the horse and find out how artist portray that.

44. Did you find Jesus in between these lines?

45. Scary Optical Illusion
Keep looking, it might take up to a minute, but it’ll look like she’s opened her ghoulish eyes and is staring right at your soul!

46. Face Made of Hands

47. Animal Head
This is an optical illusion which is being made by a very famous artist to create a very scary effect by combining different animal images and placing them to form a human face.

48. Is that a corner house?
First cover the upper half of the picture with your palm, and you’ll automatically assume that the window corner of this building is converx (bulged out). Now try covering the lower half of the photo, and you will see the inner corner of the building (concave this time).

49. Stone Corridor
Is this real? The color of the middle stone match with the color of the background lane.

50. Moving Things Illusions
If you check carefully you will see that all the things are being sucked inwards. Also on the edges you can feel that its revolving.

51. Faces Illusion

52. Snake or Crocodile

53. Cheetah

54. Hawk

55. Elephant

56. Bricks Optical Illusion
Do you think the lines are not straight? But they are.

57. Moving Spiral Illusions – Can you believe it’s static?

58. Absent of a Mermaid

59. Shadow Illusion
If you saw only the shadow, you’d thought there is a young couple sitting, and supporting each other’s back . The amazing part is there is no couple, just a pile of garbage.

60. Is this guy drowning?



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