Crazy Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind

Is what you see what you really get? Don’t be fooled, not everything is as it seems. Our senses have limitations and can be bent and twisted. This is especially true of our sense of sight. Pictures can mess with our perspective, making us see one thing over the other or causing immovable objects to move, messing with our head. Here are 25 Crazy Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind.

Is it a chalice or two human faces?

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While some people only see one object over the other, trying to focus on one is an all around struggle in and of itself.

Move the image back and forth.

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Looking too long at this one might induce horrible headaches. Stare responsibly.

Moving Circles

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Stare long enough and it’ll look like the circles are moving.

Crooked Red Lines

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The red lines look crooked but then they don’t. Stop messing with our heads!

Optical Fork

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While it might look like the shapes are crooked and in every direction, all of the edges are perfectly straight, vertical, horizontal, or at a 45-degree angle.

Moving Circles

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Stare at the black dot and move your head back and forth. It’ll look like the circles are moving.

Grey Bar

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While it might seem like the grey bar in the middle changes shade, it’s actually the same shade throughout. The only shade that changes is in the background.

Wavy Leaves

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No, that’s not a GIF. Stare straight in the middle and the wavy leaves should slow down or stop moving entirely.

Triangles and Lines

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Those lines might look crooked but, of course, they’re actually totally horizontal.

Cow

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It took us a while to figure this one out but after a second it finally clicked. Can you see the cow?

Old Lady or Young Woman

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Here’s a classic optical illusion that messes with perspective. Some people see an old lady in this picture, and others see a young lady. Can you spot both?

Dark Spots

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This optical illusion looks like black spots appear at the intersections of the white lines.

Green Vortex

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Whoa. It’s like we’re spinning into the quantum zone with Doctor Strange. This optical illusion should look like the vortex is moving.

Poggendorf Illusion

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The key to the Poggendorf Illusion is the position of the black line. Looking at the left picture, it looks like the black line has shifted a little, but according to the right picture, that isn’t the case.

Move back from the screen.

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The further you move back from this optical illusion, the more you’ll be able to see within the picture.

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