This a great illusion by Humberto Machado. Can you see the mad and sad face in the illustration?

Feel free to leave clues for those struggling to see each face.

41 comments

    1. Agreed drsuzanne. But the ear was so weird looking that when I looked at it straight on the illusion was destroyed.

      Masked Twit: Maybe it’s a tumor

    2. I can only see the mad face if I cover up that eye, and even then, the mouth looks wrong…

    3. It took me ages to get this illusion. Anyway that right eyeball can be perceive as an earring and it makes sense then. Well at least for me.

    1. Thought that too first, but it’s not… The mad face was hard to see for me too. Cover up the right eye and try to make the sad face left eye into a right eye. Choose the “left nose”. The mouth is still the same mouth. The mouth is a bit skewed from the rest of the face.

    2. Oh wait, misunderstood what you said. Ignore the sentence: “Thought that too first, but it’s not…”

    1. same. I have to cover up the right side of the face to be able to see the mad face for any length of time.

  1. I can’t see the mad face…. I try and retry, but nothing…. :(…. Someone said eyeball? Noise? I can’t. πŸ™‚

  2. The sad face is massively more dominant, so much so that you need to obscure part of the drawing to see the angry face, so it’s not a ‘true’ illusion. Nice drawing though.

  3. to find the mad face
    Half of his face is in shadow.
    look at the upper circle on the left hand side. This is his right eye. The black white divide running down from this circle is the edge of his nose. Both sad and mad have the same mouth.

  4. Can see both, but echo comments above that sad face is much more dominant. I found leaning back to get a bit more distance helpful in seeing the mad face for the first time, and it can be fleeting.

    Focus on the nose shape to centre left (it is the mad face’s nose). Also, covering up the sad face’s left eye (the right side as you look at it) really helps too.

  5. Oh, this is a clever one πŸ™‚ The sad face is, to me, by far the clearest: it took a while, maybe half a minute, to see the angry face, and I might not have seen it, had it not been suggested. Maybe the position of the mouth, if moved slightly to the left, would improve the illusion; but it still works well and these types of images are always intriguing (so why do we see one or the other and not both at once?) πŸ™‚

  6. Cover up the sad right eye and nose with your thumb to see the angry face. Not sure where those bits fit in with the angry face.

  7. The sad face is way more dominant to me. Can only see the mad face if I unfocus – like trying to see a Magic Eye picture

  8. I found the sad face to be much easier to see…even when I saw the mad face, it was hard to not see the sad face unless I covered up the right most eye/ear

  9. I really can’t see the mad face unless I cover up half of the sad face. It was quite a struggle to find it, even when I figured out where it would have to be.

  10. Sad face is easy, immediately saw that. The angry one I had to cover the right side in order to see it right. that ear just doesn’t stay an ear–it keeps turning back into an eye, which pops the sad face up again. And the mad mouth doesn’t work very well at all.

  11. It took me about half a minute to see the mad face the extra eye is very confusing but the BIG NOSE is the key.

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