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Optical Illusions

Those who know me, know that I love optical illusions. And like all relationships involving love, there is a fair amount of torment. Here’s hoping I won’t hurt your eyes too much…



If I could just convince my mind that those wheels above are not spinning. They are not moving at all – I know that. Stop spinning!!!



The lines are all parallel I’m telling ya! Parallel!



What do you mean this isn’t a spiral? Of course it’s a spiral. No way it’s a collection of concentric circles. Nope, not believing it at all. Why, if you trace the line, you’ll see it’s … dammit!



OK, count the black dots you see. Huh! Piece of cake. One… two… three… wait! Hey now! Stop it!


This one just isn’t right. I mean, I know it’s not spinning. Of course it’s not spinning. Nope, not spinning. STOP SPINNING!!!



Gaaa!!! Everything, just stay still! That does it! I’m looking for illusions that won’t move.



Finally, something that isn’t moving! Now if I could just focus on it, I’d see it’s just two loops that are closed. In fact, they are perfect circles. No way! How hard can it be to focus?

Well now, that was fun, wasn’t it?


  1. Ursula
    November 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the black dots, Phil. That is something else. Just what I needed by way of comfort, myopic and NOT easily confused when opticians will ask me a question to which they think they know the answer.They don’t. I know what I see. In this case I will concede that my maths does not add up.


  1. September 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

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