This is lovely illusion.  Gently shake your head from side to side, or move the image, and see what happens…..

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Does it work for you?

44 comments

  1. I can’t see anything. But I have nerve damage to one eye that makes it hard to perceive reds, and slightly affects my stereo vision, so I’m used to not getting these. I can’t do “Magic Eye”s either!

  2. I’m blind in one eye and I can just about recognise something like a Pokemon character, from its eye and nose position, and shape and angle of its ears. Are stereoscopic viewers seeing a more defined character?

  3. The ‘image’ is slightly more definite when looked at with both eyes, rather than with either eye. But moving my head in various ways, or moving the image in various ways, adds nothing.

  4. No improvement whether shaking head or the image. Nor en viewing stereoscopically.

    *look at blurred image of Pikachu, shake head, see same image but now you have a headache’

  5. It works without any shaking when I take my glasses of. I’m slightly shortsighted, same on both eyes. You’ll probably get it when you don’t focus directly on the picture.

  6. It’s vague, but it’s there. At first, I thought it was my monitor needing cleaning again (!), but there is something there. Other folk say it’s Pikachu peeking at you, but it could as well be a skull.

  7. This not strictly an illusion. But a vision test as there are vague differences in shading and color between the black stripes. If you have any visual problems then you may not see it.
    I used my imaging program to analyze the pixels. If you can see it then your color vision is pretty good.

  8. I see it best when I increase the size slightly and then use the mouse wheell to scroll up and down. Even the colors come through–yellow body, pink mouth. But the body is very indistinct–can’t quite make it out.

  9. I could vaguely see it and better when head shaking. It reminds me of looking through a fence. If you run past a fence you can see almost everything as if the fence wasn’t there. Similarly if you sway your body from side to side near the fence you can see quite a lot too. The faster the sway or run the more you see. I suppose the brain takes all the virtical slices and puts them together in to a ‘complete’ image.

  10. I could vaguely see it and better when head shaking. It reminds me of looking through a fence. If you run past a fence you can see almost everything as if the fence wasn’t there. Similarly if you sway your body from side to side near the fence you can see quite a lot too. The faster the sway or run the more you see. I suppose the brain takes all the virtical slices and puts them together in to a ‘complete’ image.

  11. I could vaguely see it and better when head shaking. It reminds me of looking through a fence. If you run past a fence you can see almost everything as if the fence wasn’t there. Similarly if you sway your body from side to side near the fence you can see quite a lot too. The faster the sway or run the more you see. I suppose the brain takes all the vertical slices and puts them together in to a ‘complete’ image.

    1. It’s not meant to be patronising. It works for some and not others. We’re all different so they’ll always be some who don’t see anything or some that will see more than most. Maybe your visual system is different to most and are one of a very few unique individuals.

  12. Use the mouse wheel (or other mechanism for scrolling up and down) to move the image up and down instead. You can do it longer and your head doesn’t feel quite so strange/affected. Pokemon’s not very exciting for adults though.

  13. Ok for me – see it without even moving my head – well, enough to recognise it – general yellow shape, ears with black tips, red nose (actually mouth, isn’t it) and cheeks.
    If I treat it like a magic-eye picture though all I see is black lines

  14. It works great if the point is to make me look like a spastic idiot in front of my computer. Luckily nobody saw me and stuck a wooden spoon in my mouth

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