Observation Test


Great response to the earliest memory post yesterday – keep them coming!  In the meantime, this is a lovely clip to test your observational skills…..

How much did you spot?


44 comments on “Observation Test

  1. Clever. I noticed some changes but I couldn’t be sure of other details.

  2. Daneel says:

    Wow..I only saw the clock being knocked down..

  3. Michael Goff says:

    Vase, Bust, Gorilla replacing armor, Candlestick on hearth, Paintings, Chair, Drapes.

    Those I saw. Now to watch the end.

  4. Mike says:

    I noticed several of them, starting with the flowers on the table as the detective stepped forward then back. Then the suit of armor, the candles on the mantle, the picture above the fireplace, the rolling pin, the other picture… it was very well done.

  5. AnthonyW says:

    All i noticed was the clock changing and the butler’s and old lady’s things in their hands changing. I suspect the plant had changed as well, but I wasn’t sure.

  6. Matt says:

    I saw the bear, the butler, the detective and the body change and I guessed the other two suspects changed.

    I also noticed that the cop didn’t change because I was expecting him to so I had an eye on him.

  7. Neil2Russell says:

    Is attention drawn so much to spotting the changes that the purpose of the film is missed? I had seen this film three times before and have only just spotted the reason behind it. Probably just me.

  8. c00 says:

    I saw nothing…

  9. Fran6co says:

    Excellent remark Neil2Russell ! ^_^

  10. Aw very clever! I only noticed the suit of armour!

  11. AR says:

    I saw the movie over and over again. But it was only now, after reading Neil2Russells remark, that I noticed the actual message.

  12. Sidebernie says:

    I only noticed the clock on the floor, and even that might have been only because I was looking at the background more because of the warning “Observation Test.”

  13. Carl says:

    Reminds me very much of your own color-changing card trick, which I also quite enjoyed.

  14. FrankN.Stein says:

    didn’t notice anything the first time – exept for the message, which seems to be worth something too 😉

  15. Nopke says:

    Nah .. I always keep being focussed on the speaker ofcourse … (those who give presentations will love that …).

  16. Todd says:

    I was so proud of myself for spotting seven changes, until I saw how many (important ones) I missed!

  17. Mark Grady says:

    I saw 5 and thought I’d done well. What a brilliant piece of work.

  18. Sally says:

    Noticed some changes, but had to return to the video often to re-watch and notice more changes.

  19. Fraser says:

    Absolutely none! Oh dear.

  20. Bletherskite says:

    I only noticed the object in the butler’s hands. By the end of the film i was on the phone booking an eye test!!

  21. Jane says:

    I thought the bear stuck out a lot, b/c it looked like it was about to attack someone.

    • Engywuck says:

      same here 🙂

      Please change the title! As soon as the “observation test” was mentioned, I was looking for the background…

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  23. samuel says:

    I knew they were going to change stuff around. I’m sure if I didn’t I wouldn’t notice anything.

  24. I only noticed the clock on the floor changing – perhaps because it was directly relevant to the murder mystery itself.

    While the messages (both the psychological and the road-safety ones) are important, I think it’s also worth pointing out the utility of attentional blindness. If I couldn’t tune out extraneous elements of my sensory world, I’d be pretty much useless at tasks requiring focus and concentration.

  25. bigjohn756 says:

    I noticed 10 or 12 changes, but, I missed a lot because I was ogling the maid’s legs too much.

  26. justine819 says:

    I only noticed 7 changes: the flowers, the curtains, the deer on the wall, the armor, the rug, the carpet, the paintings.

  27. Kel says:

    Wow, I noticed only two changes. damn

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  30. mrsben says:

    Actually I did notice quite a fare number of changes, but perhaps I cheated as I turned off the volume which I knew would be a distraction.

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  35. josh says:

    noticed NOTHING!!!!!! i’m really rubbish, aren’t i

  36. OleJ says:

    Wow, looking at them changing everything while they were still making the video, without taking any cuts in scenes, were just so funny looking at!!!

  37. Newbie says:

    That’s a big fun

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Table Cloth
    Butlers rolling pin
    Plant behind bench
    Ladies flower pot
    Ladies hat
    Bear- suit of armer
    guy on the floor
    murder weapon
    Detected coat
    Detectives hat
    flowers on table

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