This is a poorly performed magic trick (but you'll fall for it anyway)

Like many feats of visual trickery, the secret behind psychologist Richard Wiseman's "Tube of Mystery" boils down to a few not-so-mysterious tricks of the trade. What makes this illusion interesting, though, is how well it works even when performed badly. » 3/15/14 4:31pm 3/15/14 4:31pm

This Ad's Amazing Optical Illusion Reveals the Hazards Of Driving

Audi's luxury vehicles include a neat night-vision system that will automatically warn drivers about hazards on the road. And to drive home just how life-saving it can be, the company's ad agency created a brilliant billboard in an airport with a secret hazard that was only revealed to passengers when they got closer… » 3/12/14 10:26am 3/12/14 10:26am

The images in this video can actually screw up your brain and vision

I squinted my eyes and covered the screen and looked away when I was watching this video by Tom Scott because I don't want to have colored vertical and horizontal lines ingrained in my vision because my brain got fried from staring too long at the images in the video. So I suggest you do the same and look away. No,… » 1/27/14 11:23pm 1/27/14 11:23pm

How did a toy car magically appear behind these two pieces of paper?

In this illusion, a toy car seemingly appears from no where. How is that possible? Well, the car was always there. Really. It's a simple but masterful trick, the toy car is programmed to travel along a designated route while the red cards are shown off as a distraction. As one card is shown to reveal nothing behind it, … » 12/27/13 6:44pm 12/27/13 6:44pm

This amazing T-rex illusion is somehow moving its head to follow you

As far as tyrannosaurus rex replicas go, this one seems pretty cheery. Sure, it has sharp teeth and claws but they look playfully toothy. One thing scary about it though: the head and eyes seems to follow you wherever you go. Like the paper T-Rex is watching your every move. What's scarier? It's not actually moving.… » 12/23/13 9:12pm 12/23/13 9:12pm

Even cats get fooled by these optical illusions that appear to move

It's okay to be fooled by these 'animated' optical illusions. They totally look like they're moving. Hell, the cat watching them was fooled too. But the truth is, they're all just a masterful visual trick. The image isn't actually moving, the special sheet in front of it just makes it seem that way. » 12/13/13 12:16am 12/13/13 12:16am

What kind of sorcery illusion lets these two blocks be the same color?

One is dark, one is light. One is gray, one is white. These are obviously two different blocks with two different colors right? Wrong. The two blocks are the same color. Seriously, they're the same shade of gray. Just place your finger across the seam (where the blocks meet in the middle) to reveal the illusion. Just… » 12/07/13 12:11am 12/07/13 12:11am

Optical Illusions Make A Boring Desk Unexpectedly Amazing

Never Hide Films has been working with Ray Ban since 2007 to put out weird videos that make you think about the world differently. And ideally make you want to go buy sunglasses. This one, titled "Super Clever Sunglass Illusion," has enough twists to keep the momentum going. And I don't think it's a spoiler, given the… » 10/12/13 6:27pm 10/12/13 6:27pm

This Optical Illusion Lets You See Your Own Brain Waves

The pinwheel-like drawing above is nothing but black and white lines. When you look at it the right way, though, something strange and beautiful happens: it begins to flicker. You may think it's just a regular old optical illusion at first, but actually, you're looking at your very own brain waves. » 8/21/13 5:20pm 8/21/13 5:20pm

Watching This Optical Illusion Video Is Like Being on Drugs

If you're feeling a little freaky on this Friday night but not freaky enough to dip into hallucinatory drugs, watch this video instead. Basically, you stare at the video and then look at a wall and watch everything collapse. The world just kind of starts melting and spinning and it's totally like being on drugs. Don't… » 2/22/13 11:00pm 2/22/13 11:00pm

20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind

Viewer discretion advised! Do not scroll down unless your brain is made of steel and your nerves are Teflon. Some people simply cannot stand optical illusions. For the rest of you: Check out teh awesommmmmmmez. » 2/05/13 12:30pm 2/05/13 12:30pm