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Eye Tomfoolery! Some fun optical illusions

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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.

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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.

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Who is he?


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

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The lovely one


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

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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.

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The groovy snake lines


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

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The hands


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

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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.

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Funny man


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

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Dual profile


How many faces do you see here?

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The gears


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

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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?

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Painting within a painting


What image do you see in this painting?

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The moving orbs


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

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The Reading Illusion


Read the following statement:

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

Comments

Nell Rose from England on September 13, 2011:

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 from Phoenix, Arizona on September 13, 2011:

Fun stuff, Beth!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on September 13, 2011:

WOW...my 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!

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on September 13, 2011:

Thanks Christopher Dapo :)

Christopher Dapo from Morehead City, NC on September 13, 2011:

Truely wonderful stuff here, thanks!! :D

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on September 13, 2011:

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 from Delaware on September 13, 2011:

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

pajamazzon on September 13, 2011:

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

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on September 13, 2011:

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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