Optical Illusion Mediations, Animation

Allegedly your brain dominance (left vs. right) determines the direction that this lovely silhouette is spinning. I've nearly fried my brain trying to get her to switch directions. With that trick acomplished I'm going to up the anty: now try to make her kick back and forth like a rockette! I'm close, but I haven't succeed.

Music Box Dancer Optical Illusion Meditation.

Here's something else to check yer head. It's been floating around the interwebs for a little while, but it's totally nutty. Basically, the squares marked A and B are the identical color:The Checkershadow Illusion.

I'm serious, here's proof.

Finally, try contemplating this, Grand Doom Illusion. Then clue me in.

Grand Doom Illusion.

Or just buy a print, from an edition of 5 total.

Illusion 1: Link, via eSutra.
Illusion 2: Link.
Illusion 3: Link.

posted by
Spiros Antonopoulos

TAGS — animation, brain, illusion, meditation, optical


6 total remarks for this post. Add your own remarks below.

Sat 13 Oct 2007 at 03:37PM


have you gotten her to switch directions yet? i have seen her rotate in either direction, but to actually make her switch is nearly painful.

Sat 13 Oct 2007 at 07:22PM

Spiros Antonopoulos

Yes. I can get her to change directions, but it took me 5-10 minutes of effort. My pal Michael just walked over to my computer; I told him that she goes both ways, and he said, "Oh yeah, I see that!"

I've only gotten glimpses of the Rockettes effect. But now that I've been hanging out at Radio City (attending HH Dalai Lama's teachings) maybe I'll have special Rockettes siddhis.

Mon 15 Oct 2007 at 01:49AM

madame l.

concerning the twirling woman: it's a letting happen not a willing.

Mon 15 Oct 2007 at 04:14PM


i was watching with a friend. i saw it going left and she saw it going right. i haven't been able to make it change by 'letting it happen' or by 'will'. but i have seen it go in different direction at various check-in times. i've been using it like a mood ring.

Mon 15 Oct 2007 at 07:27PM


So if I cross my eyes slightly and look below the animation at some words, then notice the arm, I can see it go to the left. But it takes concentration, or actually I have to let go of the animation like that person said and focus on something else then it can switch. At first I could only see it go right no matter what I did, and even now, right is the default direction. But I saw it go left, and then I wondered if my brain felt different while it was switched. I actually panicked a bit. I suppose the left side is uncharted or doesn't watch animation much.

Tue 16 Oct 2007 at 07:29PM


Try this: start with head tilted all the way left, as you close your eyes, start tilting head right so when you open them your head is all the way to the right. Repeat in other direction.

Doesn't work for me either, but feels as though it should for some reason.

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