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Afterimages are pictures that your eyes continue to see after you've stopped looking at them. To make these work you will typically need to stare at the dots at the center of the image for about 30 seconds and then immediately look towards a light colored surface. You should see an image projected on to that surface.

Glowing light bulb illusion thumbCategory: Afterimages
Glowing light bulb illusion
Added: January 29, 2013 | 5 comments
If you stare at this image of a black light bulb for about 30 seconds and then look at something white, you will be able to see the bulb glowing....

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Mona Lisa afterimage
Added: January 17, 2013 | 16 comments
This is an afterimage painting by artist Dimitri Parant. If you concentrate 30 seconds on the white dot and then close your eyes for 10 seconds you'll see the face of the Mona Lisa....

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Butterfly Afterimage
Added: May 2, 2011 | 24 comments
Rachel Howell sent this impressive afterimage of a butterfly in to us via email, to see the effect try staring at the white cross in the center for 35 seconds and then looking away at a blank surface....

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The black dot
Added: November 18, 2009 | 39 comments
Try staring at the dot in the center of this image, after a time the grey area around the dot will seem to shrink and disappear....

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Rickroll Illusion
Added: September 22, 2009 | 56 comments
This afterimage is based on one one of the most recent internet trends "rickrolling" in which a link to another web site or video directs instead of Rick Astley's 1987 "Never Gonna Give You Up" music ...

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Color Dove Illusion
Added: August 29, 2009 | 47 comments
In this illusion try staring at the dot at the center of the dove. When you move your eyes away you should see the afterimage of a red dove on a white background....

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Skull of Yorick
Added: June 4, 2009 | 28 comments
This antique afterimage illusion is based on the skull of Yorick that is exhumed as part of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The idea is that by staring at the cross at the center of the image for 30 seconds and...

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Batman Afterimage
Added: June 4, 2009 | 29 comments
An afterimage based on the Batman logo. Try staring at the image for 30 seconds and then switch to a light colored surface....

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Obama Illusion
Added: May 29, 2009 | 75 comments
A modern alternative to the Jesus Illusion, this one uses an image of President Obama. Stare at the dots for a while and then glance at a light colored surface, the afterimage will appear in front of ...

Fleeting Florence thumbCategory: Afterimages
Fleeting Florence
Added: May 29, 2009 | 68 comments
As per the instructions included in this afterimage, try staring at the white dot at the center of the picture for 30 seconds and then glance at a light colored surface. ...

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Jesus Illusion
Added: May 26, 2009 | 264 comments
To see the Jesus illusion in action, stare at the four dots in the center of the image for approximately 30 seconds, then quickly divert your eyes towards a blank surface such as a wall or ceiling. Yo...

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