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  1. I watched this last night when I was quite drunk. I didn’t even get the number of throws right.

    1. OK once again I can’t view the video posted here…..lol…is there some other place that it might be posted where I can view ….like YouTube…..any help would be greatly appreciated!…..say the byrd without a view……lol….. :}

    2. Neveeerr mind…..hehe….I found it….missed the count by one, saw the gorilla and got the girl leaving but missed the color change….had the color been less subtle would have got that too but that probably was the point….lol…

  2. It doesn’t work! If RW hosts a video called Monkey Business Illusion, I don’t waste my time watching white girls, I wait for the monkey. BTW I didn’t notice the colour change.

    1. If you didn’t notice the colour change and failed to count the passes then I’d say it worked perfectly. I too anticipated the gorilla, howere I managed to count the passes and noticed the colour change. I did however miss the player in black leave the game. Thus another ‘success’ for the video.

  3. Success!! 😀 I’m glad I got duped since I never had the experience of being fooled by the original gorilla video.

  4. Yeah, it tricked me, but I feel like it was just a trick rather than something psychologically interesting.

    A gorilla walking across the screen really is unusual and the fact that people don’t notice it is interesting. But since the background was clearly computer generated from the start, changing colours (quite gradually) wasn’t surprising, and nor was one of the irrelevant players going off screen. He might as well have said “Aha! You saw the gorilla, but did you notice one of the women scratched her nose halfway through?”

    1. I’m inclined to agree with you, especially about the background. There is something said about our awareness and observation skills when we don’t notice the player leaving, but not nearly as much as was said about the original gorilla. Now it might be more interesting if he had inserted an additional absurd thing, like the gorilla, maybe with the gorilla, to see if we noticed that one. I fully expected him to ask if I saw a monkey.

    2. Also, he uses the gorilla to cover the exiting girl and the color change. The gorilla isn’t covered in the original, making it stunning that our own focus causes us to miss it, in this case though there is a clear use of misdirection by having the gorilla walk out center stage while the girl exits behind him. It teaches a lesson about how some illusions work, and a way to trick people, but it definitely doesn’t make the same statement about the mind that the gorilla does.

  5. I knew about the gorilla (Thank you Dawkins for ruining it for me) and saw it (couldn’t help but see it), but I got caught out by the curtain and the player leaving.

    So awesome, I love experiments like that!

  6. Got the passes wrong because my video playback was being funny and decided to start freezing and skipping frames, throwing me off (I went back a second time and recounted, getting it right)

    But I did spot the gorilla and subsequently missed the other two events. That was sneaky.

    1. I had a similar problem: the video played so jerkily there was no possibility of counting passes even if I wanted to.

      This is a result, I suppose, of my computer not being fast enough for the video.

      Spotted the gorilla but not until it was walking off. Did not spot colour change.

  7. I counted 16 passes but I knew about the Gorilla and I saw it… on the other I noticed the color changing curtain but not the leaving player 😀

  8. That was pretty good. I was familiar with the previous gorilla video. I did catch the switch of the player and the gorilla, but I don’t think I would have noticed if the player exited camera on the other side. I also saw the color change, but I thought the color was constantly changing in the background for no reason. So I was sort of wrong there.

  9. Counted the 16 passes, caught the gorilla, didn’t see the girl leaving but noticed she wasn’t there anymore, and noticed something else odd but couldn’t place it until the vid pointed out the colour change. Anyone else catch the girls’ expressions change (stifling laughter?) after the gorilla walked through?

    1. Forgot to mention – I was anticipating some illusion or trick with passes – maybe black passing to white or vice versa, so naively didn’t expect the gorilla.

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  11. Got the number of throws right and saw the gorilla. Realised as the players walked off at the end that the curtain had changed colour! Think I saw the player leaving out of the corner of my eye as I was aware of movement at the side of the picture but it didn’t fully register.

  12. I did see the gorilla, the change of color of the curtain, the leaving girl and i got the number of passes :/ Does that make me an x-man ?

  13. I did notice the set changing color (as well as the fact they’re all obviously composited into a virtual set, what with the lack of shadows and reflections and so on), and of course I knew to expect the gorilla. I gave up on counting the number of white-player passes pretty quickly, though, and didn’t notice the girl leaving.

  14. I knew about something like this before, so I easily spotted the gorilla, but the other stuff, no (including the number of passes xD)

  15. I’ve seen a better version where the gorilla jumps around and chases the players, and still some people wouldn’t notice it! I actually did. Now I don’t care much for these videos.

  16. I miscounted (not by much). I saw the gorilla (expecting it), but only once it beat its chest – I hadn’t seen it coming on. Noticed the girl leaving, but not the curtain colour change.

    Good fun. Thanks.

  17. My wife says the half that missed the gorilla must be the men. Any breakdown on age, gender, etc. of the people who missed it?

  18. Actually, the trick was spoiled
    by the e-mail that informed me
    of this post.

    It came with a thumbnail for the
    video. The thumbnail was the
    frame asking if i saw the changing
    courtains and the leaving girl. =/

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