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Moving Images

This section contains a collection of optical illusions that appear to exhibit motion of some description even if the images themselves are completely stationary. Many tricks of the eye can create the illusion of movement including warping, wave motion and rotational effects.

Shimmering waves illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Shimmering waves illusion
Added: March 9, 2013 | 7 comments
Running across this optical illusion you can see three wavy shaped white lines. If you stare at this picture you will think the white lines change to a silver colour and start to shimmer giving the ap...

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Slithering snakes illusion
Added: March 3, 2013 | 3 comments
This amazing optical illusion was created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Professor in the Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. In this image you can see what appears to be four rows o...

Spinning jigsaw puzzle pieces illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Spinning jigsaw puzzle pieces illusion
Added: February 27, 2013 | 2 comments
In this picture there are a number of shapes resembling jigsaw puzzle pieces in a mixture of light and dark grey colours. If you stare at this picture you can clearly see the pieces start to move in a...

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Sunshine illusion
Added: February 24, 2013 | 5 comments
To help brighten up the cold winter months here is an optical illusion that will hopefully cheer up your day too wherever you are. It is a picture of the Sun in all its shining glory, you can almost f...

Rotating flower petal rings thumbCategory: Moving Images
Rotating flower petal rings
Added: February 20, 2013 | 2 comments
Here we have an image showing what looks like two rings of lilac flower petals on a green background. When you look at this picture it gives the very relaxing illusion that the petal rings rotate towa...

Revolving arrows illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Revolving arrows illusion
Added: February 16, 2013 | 3 comments
In this optical illusion we have an image of a yellow-orange square box with five rows of turquoise and white arrows in the middle of it. As you can see the arrows form a circle and vary in size star...

Rotating ferris wheel illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Rotating ferris wheel illusion
Added: February 7, 2013 | 2 comments
Anyone who has ever been to a fairground will recognise the object in this picture which to me looks very similar to one of those ferris wheels that you can ride on, hence I have called this optical i...

Expanding coil illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Expanding coil illusion
Added: February 4, 2013 | 5 comments
This is an interesting looking optical illusion of what appears to be a rolled up coil. If you cast your eyes over this image you should be able to see the coil expanding. For best results I recommend...

Blue eye spiral wheel illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Blue eye spiral wheel illusion
Added: January 26, 2013 | 2 comments
This is an image of a spiral wheel with a blue eye in the middle. If you focus on the white dot inside the blue eye the lines in the wheel give you the illusion that they are moving when in fact the w...

Rotating watermelons illusion thumbCategory: Moving Images
Rotating watermelons illusion
Added: January 23, 2013 | 1 comment
Here we have an image of what appears to be rows of green and yellow watermelons. If you stare at the image it gives the illusion that the watermelons are starting to rotate....

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Moving squares illusion
Added: January 20, 2013 | 1 comment
This is one of those optical illusions where on first glance nothing much seems to be happening. But if you keep looking at it you can see it move, in fact it moves quite a lot as you will see for you...

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Birds in flight
Added: January 18, 2013 | 2 comments
On first glance you might be forgiven for thinking this illusion does not appear to be doing very much, but if you stare at the image long enough the birds will start to move. Can you tell which birds...

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Drink Driving Sign Illusion
Added: September 24, 2009 | 21 comments
This sign post designed to stop people from drink driving is a unique take on the "waves" illusion, if you look closely you'll see the words on the sign moving in a wave-like fashion to simulate how y...

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Pulsing Vortex
Added: June 15, 2009 | 29 comments
Here's another illusion that seems to move, the image is completely stationary however when you look at it there appears to be a pulsing effect. Its a bit like a large booming speaker, imagine some lo...

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Moving Dots
Added: May 29, 2009 | 31 comments
To see this illusion try staring at the yellow dot in the center for a short time. You should start to see the blue dots around the outside begin to disappear and reappear intermittently. ...

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Scintillating Grid Illusion
Added: May 26, 2009 | 10 comments
The scintillating grid illusion is very similar to the Hermann grid illusion and was devised in 1994 by E. Lingelbach. Like the Hermann illusion the image consists of a grid of black squares divided b...

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Hermann Grid Illusion
Added: May 26, 2009 | 6 comments
This illusion was first devised in 1870 by Ludimar Hermann, it consists of a series of black squares and interconnecting white lines in a grid formation. When you look at it there appear to be grey do...

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Warped Dotted Surface
Added: May 26, 2009 | 19 comments
This headache inducing illusion is simply a static image of a green background with a series of blue dots, however when you look at it the whole thing appears to move and warp in a wave-like fashion....

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Spinning Spiral Circle
Added: May 26, 2009 | 26 comments
This image is completely stationary however when you look at it the circles appear to be moving, especially if you move your eyes across it. The circle in the center appears to be moving clockwise and...

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Moving Spirals
Added: May 25, 2009 | 25 comments
This image of coloured spirals appears to be moving if you stare at it, however in reality it is completely stationary. ...

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