last week I posted a static image that appeared to move. Except that it only worked for about 50% of you. let’s try another one. Take a look at this static image….

To me they appear to sway together.  is that what you are seeing?  Hopefully this will work for more than 50% of you this time!

173 comments

  1. I see only the slightest of movement. Their ankles move slightly when I focus on their heads. But nothing compelling.

  2. I see them wiggle (or nod) slightly for a second or two as my eyes focus but as soon as I stare at any point then they’re completely motionless.

    1. Yup. That’s what I see. Move my eyes and it sways for a little, but start at one spot it becomes static.

  3. Ditto the above. If I keep my eyes moving, they move. If I focus in they come to a stop. Though it does take about a second for them to “settle,” which is somewhat interesting in itself.

  4. Only when I’m moving my eyes around the page, otherwise no. They move more when I’m moving eyes left to right while reading.

  5. Wow – I have very poor eyesight (near-sighted in one eye; far-sighted in the other) and only the far-sighted eye seems to see the movement. Very trippy!

  6. Yes, they definitely sway. It doesn’t matter if my eyes stay still or roam around the image, though it does stop if I give it a good hard stare.
    These sort of images never work on my 15 year old daughter. She’s always dissapointed!

  7. The movement starts and stops for me, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether I keep my eyes moving or staring.

  8. This one works 100% for me. The last one was ambiguous, and only worked after a few seconds. This one has heads moving down the center at the same time, meaning mirror images of the others movement. This is one of the most effective such still-movement images for me, at least, that I have seen.

    This is more effective for me than even the still-movement images in the Detroit Science Center. I seriously right-clicked it to make sure it is a .jpg, which automatically eliminates the possibility of it being something like a .gif, which is an image format which allows such image movement effects.

    Bravo.

  9. For me it works best when I read the lines above the image, when I look directly it nearly stops. Seems to be more effective using both eyes too, covering one at a time makes it moves less.

  10. Nope. Not moving at all, no matter what I do with my eyes. The previous picture seemed to move at least a tlittle bit after staring at it for some time. This one, not at all.

  11. Yes there is wobbly movement, however not so much when I take off my contacts. Is this a new test to measure near-sightedness ?

  12. yep, lots of wiggling, if I stop and stare it eventually wiggles out, but if I let my eyes roam, they’re moving constantly

  13. Moving and shaking their hips as I move my eyes, as they’re supposed to do, I guess.

    For the record: My ophthalmologist told me once, that I have very active eyes that are focussing and refocussing more often than the average grown-ups. Maybe this has sth. to do with it: People that don’t see them wriggle have steadier eyes?

  14. Could persuade myself some slight movement, but not a lot. If I hadnt been pre-warned, would have passed image without noticing anything

  15. Yes they wibble like a jelly for me… especially the legs.
    The movement it continuous and is most obvious when I blink

  16. No motion for me – viewed on iPhone. Didn’t see the previous one move either. Suspect it’s due to field of view being small and/or close focus on the screen?

  17. The last one didn’t move for me, but this one does. The areas outside of my focal point seem to sort of swirl toward the center. So if I’m looking at the top, the bottom is swirling, and vice versa.

  18. It doesn’t work for me, although they seem to bend at the “knees”, which I thought was supposed to be the illusion until I read the text. Whenever I unfocus my eyes, I’ll get the tiniest hint of the circles swirling, but no overall swaying. For the record, the last one did not work for me at all.

  19. No movement for me, but neither did last weeks. I could never see the images in a field of dots either!

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  21. The movement isn’t continuous for me.
    I can force the illusion if I scan the image from top to bottom or switch focus from one pair figure’s eyes to the other.

  22. My understanding of these kinds of illusions (there are loads) is that they only work if your eyes are moving over the picture. If you focus on any part then they will stop moving. The contrast of white and black edges and their apparent merging/blurring when you eye moves away is what makes areas appear to move or rotate slightly.

  23. Nope, nothing happening for me. Totally static. Viewing on an iPhone so will try again later from Laptop. Am usually disappointed to find I can’t see things like this.

  24. I wanted to add that Mr Wiseman would no doubt confirm that this perceived movement is a result of the curve of the eyeball. When you move your attention to one spot on the picture the act of moving your eye causes the image seen by your periphery vision to also move very slightly giving the appearance of the picture moving.

  25. The closer I am to the screen, the more it moves. At a certain distance away it ceases to move. Fascinating!

  26. This works dramatically. The heads on the right rotates anticlockwise, the head on the left rotates clockwise. The torsos oppositely. The legs snake with a wavelength of a leg length with the wave moving up the leg, adjacent legs about half a wavelength out of phase.

    The movements are large, maybe half the width of the blue dots, and quite fast, taking about a second to cover that distance.

  27. Yep, this time they’re moving… (the last one didn’t for me).
    I find it slightly unnerving to be honest!

  28. Each body sways for me when I move my eyes to a different spot. The effect seems to be greater the further it is from where I landed with my eyes. The effect disappears once my eyes are fixed on one spot.

  29. They seem to be jiggling or swaying, but only when I allow my eyes to look around. If I focus on one point, their eyes in particular, the image becomes static.

  30. I saw no movement in the previous puzzle mentioned but I do in this one – particularly if I keep my eyes moving around the image.

  31. nothing! perhaps he’s putting us on. perhaps those of you who see it move are the most suggestible bloggers on the board?

  32. There are parts of the figures that I am not looking directly at appear to be moving, but when I look one specific part of it, that part doesn’t moves.

  33. The last one shimmered a bit when I scrolled or moved my eyes about. This one, on my iPhone at least, shows not even a hint of movement.

  34. I see it. Even though I didn’t see it on the last one. I also noticed that if I unfocused my eye and focus on one particular point, most or all of the motion goes away.

  35. For me, the figures move as long as the eye moves over them. Stare at a fixed point on the image and the swaying stops. I’d love to know what is going on in this image and how it is tricking the brain into thinking there is slight movement occurring.

  36. Parts of the figures sway parallel to each other, or diagonal from each by one to 8 spheres but only as my focus pans around the shapes.

    I can’t force it to happen though. I have to relax my focus so that I can pan to one place and appreciate the ripple.

  37. Sorry if somebody said it before but – they do totally move around, if a bit slowly – from head to toe, there’s a bit of movement. Curiously, though, if I lean back in my chair and get a bit of distance from my monitor, they stop moving.

  38. They kind of fidget. On occasion. It works better if I actually move my own head from side to side. Works better than the last one.

  39. The heads are rolling from side to side with ripples of movement going through both bodies and legs. Very visible to me. Have to consciously stare at a fixed point to get them to stand still.

    My boss couldn’t see them moving at all at first but then got a very little bit of movement, my colleague thought they had ‘wiggly hips’.

  40. They jiggle a lot while I move my eyes around. They only stop completely if I really concentrate hard on one part of the image.

  41. How come it worked for me a day, and the day after it didn’t?
    The day before I tried and tried to stop them dancing without success, the day after they were still.

  42. Whichever part I’m not looking at, well, it appears to be turning in place — maybe even a little movement within a small area surrounding the original placement. But only if I’m focusing elsewhere.

    The “movement” is noticeable and can’t be stopped (aside from lookin at the “moving” area — in which case it stops moving and another area begins.)

  43. It seems how far away you are from the image has a huge effect. I have a large monitor and they are moving quite a lot. However if I move my head backwards they become static. It seems they dance a lot more in the peripheral vision.

    So I would suggest that anyone viewing the image on an iphone, a small monitor or sitting some distance from the monitor would not see the effect.

  44. If I focus on a single point it is static but if I try to move my gaze it dances for me like it’s pants are on fire…I think I just figured out @RichardWiseman ‘s background…I can finally get some sleep and stop asking my couch about it’s childhood and trying to avoid the lava on my floor.

  45. the circles on the bottom spin when i look at the eyes but if i try to lok at the spinning sphears the move ^^

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