Wonderful new illusion…


This is great.  Stare at the black dot on the lower right hand side of the picture.  Gradually you will see the moving grey stripe change from grey to blue.

Does it work for you?

49 comments on “Wonderful new illusion…

  1. fotoflex says:

    Anywhere in the grey area works for me, as long as I stare. 🙂

  2. Need to be close to the screen. I think the grey needs to be in your peripheral vision.

  3. I am not that close to my screen and it was doing it while I was reading the instructions!

  4. The longer I stare the bluer it looks!

  5. Anywhere, including straight at the orange area and off the screen, as long as I stare.

  6. Fakezilla says:

    Fake. Your computer knows when you are looking at the dot and it changes the colour of the bar.

  7. Brian Moreau says:

    LOL @Fakezilla But how does it work? Some text would be nice.

    • Steve says:

      It’s an illusion ! It doesn’t actually change colour. As to how it works, I’m sure there are a few hypotheses out there with regard to the functioning of the visual system in the brain but I dare say no one at the moment really knows.

    • SimonP says:

      Your ‘orange’ detectors get tired from all the orange and so stop firing. Thus when a grey bar comes along we see it as if it had less orange, leaving it a blue colour. You will recall the red+blue+green=white and orange=Red+Green. So White-Orange=Blue. It the background was (e.g.) Blue we’d see the orange for the exact opposite reasons

  8. ctj says:

    gradually? for me, it was instantaneous.

  9. Eddie says:

    Complementary colours.

  10. Martha says:

    No, it looks more turquoise

  11. Steve says:

    I would say it looked all that blue but it was certainly not grey anymore … until I looked directly at it again.

  12. wrnichols says:

    It actually works better for me after I close my eyes.

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  13. scp says:

    The moving bar already looks blue-ish when I just look (not stare) at the moving bar.

  14. Chicken Lady says:

    I can’t even make it go back to gray anymore. Looking right at it it’s blue but it WAS gray, I think.

  15. Bret E Opdyke says:

    it really is blue but why I do not know.

  16. Ken Haley says:

    Isn’t it just the after-image effect that we’ve seen in many illusions? When you stare at a color and then at white/grey, you see the complementary color.

  17. dayuntoday says:

    How does this work? Fascinating!

  18. Sari1967 says:

    It worked straight away.

  19. Miss Chili says:

    The first time I looked at the dot, the bar moved two or three times before changing, but thereafter it would change immediately when I looked at the dot. This must have been created by drug folks as fun for the mind on acid! 😀

  20. Anonymous says:

    Pfizer, J&J or Bristol Myers Squibb, etc.. pick a pharma! they’re definitely in on that one!

  21. Andrew says:

    I don’t even.have to look.at the dot. Just looking to the side area turns the grey, moving, bar light blue.

  22. Shifa AR says:

    I am crying because you’re so fantastic and brilliant.

    Sent from my iPad

  23. Gail says:

    It worked for me instantly didnt have to stare, and if i look around at different points anywhere in the grey area, the hue of the blue changes subtly very cool

  24. Dazza says:

    It works almost instaneously

  25. Turd says:

    it’s not new at all

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  29. Hey this actually works excellent. Interesting will have to look into how this is happening.

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