I love the ‘eyes open – eyes shut’ illusion. Β Here are three of the best….

Which is your favourite?



  1. The middle one, by far

    But it’s not really an illusion, is it? It’s more of a double exposure. The eyes really are there. It’s not something else that in some cases looks like eyes

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Richard πŸ™‚ I’ve always liked these sort of double-take images and the second of the three here is the most convincing. Whether it’s done with clever editing or with skilled make-up it’s certainly the most realistic. Again, it’s interesting how the mind sort of flips from one interpretation to another, even when knowing that the eyes are truly closed πŸ™‚ Thanks again for more delightfully eye-opening illustions πŸ˜€

    1. Aw, what a delightful question, Martha, thanks for that πŸ˜€ The smaller-smiling smiley is a colon : and a closed bracket ) whereas the wider-grinning smiley is a colon : and a capital D giving πŸ™‚ and πŸ˜€ respectively. Hope that’s some help πŸ˜€

  3. I get the feeling that all of them would work better if they wore less mascara on their eyelashes. 2 is beautifully clear, but the eyelashes ruin the illusion.

  4. First one. The big eyelashes make it so clear what’s going on in the second, and the third is too sketchy/blurry.

  5. In a similar vein, this image scared the heck out of me as a kid, watching “Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl”…

  6. This illusion has been used to con people out of money. Google “Jesus prayer rug” to find out more. You get randomly sent an envelope full of bumf, including an image of Jesus, who on first sight has his eyes closed. You’re encouraged to pray while looking at the image of Jesus. If you see Jesus’s eyes open, then your prayer has been heard (or something like that) and then you’re supposed to send some money to an address in Oklahoma.

    This is why sharing information about cognitive illusions of this sort is a Good Thing.

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