Use your mind to change the video!


Neil sent me this lovely animated gif (you may need to click on it to get it working) – but you can change the direction of the train by simply focusing on it.  Does it work for you?


Also, lots of people have asked me about performing The Grid on stage, and so I have made this little video about some strange secret sticky stuff that I found.


22 comments on “Use your mind to change the video!

  1. Another Elk says:

    After a few seconds I was able to get the train to go upwards through the roof and eventually break through the earth’s crust.
    How do you do it? I have no idea.

  2. […] sempre vulcanico Richard Wiseman ha appena pubblicato quest’immagine sul suo blog, e non ho potuto fare a meno di […]

  3. Steve Augustin says:

    Yes it took about 30 seconds but the train did seem to go one way and then the other. I suppose that’s because there’s not enough information for a brains to ‘decide’ positively that it’s going in one direction only.

  4. Luis says:

    It helps if you focus on the left side of tne train it will appear to move to the right, if you focus on the right side it will appear to move to the left

    • Steve Augustin says:

      I wasn’t aware that I was doing that. Maybe I was. I have to ware one of those eye tracking things to find out. Perhaps not all brains have the same perception ?

  5. Michael says:

    OMG this is amazing

    Sent from my iPad

  6. Lazy T says:

    The train is fascinating, it reminds me of the silhouetted dancer and cat gifs, simple and very effective.

  7. Heidi says:

    If it doesn’t work for you, I found looking away and then back at the train, changed its direction.

  8. Jaz says:

    I can also imagine the white part of the train going one way, with the red portion, like a shell around it, going the other way. But it’s not as convincing as the normal, solid train.

  9. Gus Snarp says:

    Yes, once I found the right part of the train to focus on. for me there seems to be a spot two thirds of the way to the left end that makes it flip. Getting it to go back again was tricky, but looking away from the train did the job.

  10. I found that if I concentrated on the tunnel entrance, the train headed came out towards me. Concentrating on the right edge of the image made the train head away.

    Very nice.

  11. Sue Davies says:

    That is the most disturbing email that you have ever sent !

    Yup can get it to go both ways – freakyJ

  12. You can DIY with a 4-frame GIF, by simply swapping the two central frames.
    See here my analysis of this video:

  13. gail says:

    very cool

  14. Paul Pearson says:

    This works incredibly well for me.

  15. Turd says:

    I can change the direction so fast that it’s like… remind me of porn…

  16. odiousghost says:

    Gripping stuff!!!


    That train think was ace!! thanks!

  17. Charles Sullivan says:

    Phil Plait is performing a magic trick on his blog. He could be conspiring to assume your identity. Beware!

  18. Ren says:

    It did work for me. First the train went onwards, then it went backward. It took me a little time to make the train go onwards again. Very spectacular.

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