This Optical Illusion Will Make You Question Your Eyes, Brain, And Possibly Your Life

When it comes to optical illusions, you literally can’t believe your eyes – but after the illusion is explained, you can sort of see “the trick” and how your brain was fooled. However, there’s one that continues to baffle many people (but not everyone) even when explained: the Ames window.

The Ames Window has recently found some viral fame on Twitter in a clip from an Australian TV show called The Curiosity Show from the early 1970s.

A little trapezoid flat figure, shaped and shaded to appear 3D. So far so good. Trouble starts when you make it spin. Many people won’t see the figure spin – instead, it appears that the figure is oscillating.


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