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Eye Tomfoolery! Some fun optical illusions

Updated on September 13, 2011

My youngest daughter and I love optical illusions. I've collected several that friends have sent us, and thought I'd share here. Hope you get a kick out of them!

Violence or Tenderness?

What do you see in this picture? Some see an angry gesture, others see the most fundamental image of tenderness.

The color test

Can you look at the following words and without reading the individual word instead name aloud the colors used to write each word? It is a little harder than you may think.

Who is he?

Stare at this image for sixty seconds, then look at a blank wall or sheet of paper.

The lovely one

This is an image of something lovely. Can you decide what it is?

The Kanisza Triangle

By looking at this image you may think there are one or more triangles depicted here. But in reality no triangles are present.

The groovy snake lines

Does this configuration appear to be moving? It isn't, it is completely an optical illusion.

The hands

What do you see in this painting? If you see a face you are mistaken. It is only hands.

The Union Jack

Stare at the dot in the center of this Union Jack to the count of sixty then look at a pale surface.

Funny man

He looks like a non-descript cartoon character, right? Keep looking.

Dual profile

How many faces do you see here?

The gears

While staring at the dot inside these circles, bring your face forward and back to see the "movement" of the gears.

The Living Daphne

A friend sent me this photo of a tree. It reminds me so much of the story of Daphne and Apollo, so I call her the Living Daphne. It is a gorgeous illusion of nature, don't you agree?

Painting within a painting

What image do you see in this painting?

The moving orbs

Look at the orbs within the circle. They will appear to grow when you bring your face forward.

The Reading Illusion

Read the following statement:

Research demonstrates that any literate English-speaking person can decipher it with very little effort.


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  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, this was great! the moving pictures were the best, but it was funny to see how quickly I could read that paragraph! amazing stuff! more please! lol

  • WillStarr profile image


    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Fun stuff, Beth!

  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland eyes got a bit tripped out on these! Love love this hub, though. So unique and entertaining. Really crazy that the I could read that entire last paragraph without stopping, although every word had mixed up letters. Voted up and awesome, Beth!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks Christopher Dapo :)

  • Christopher Dapo profile image

    Christopher Dapo and S. 

    7 years ago from Havelock, NC

    Truely wonderful stuff here, thanks!! :D

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Dexter, you are so right!

    pajamazzon, thanks for commenting and yes, I should be able to do that soon!

    Lenore, I agree, she's just gorgeous!

  • Lenore Robinson profile image

    Lenore Robinson 

    7 years ago from Delaware

    Fantastic, some made my head spin! Enjoyed the fun! My favorite is the "Daphne Tree." Mother nature is number one! :)

  • pajamazzon profile image


    7 years ago

    this is amazing! can you please have more of these soon, i love it to bits!

  • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

    Dexter Yarbrough 

    7 years ago from United States

    This was so much fun! It is something how our mind and our vision work together - or not! Voted up, up and away!


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