Mask of Love

by Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith & Marie-Jo Waeber

Created by Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith and Marie-Jo Waeber, Venetian mask above holds an interesting secret! Have you noticed anything special in it? Observe carefully! Surprising number of people miss noticing that the main component of the mask is actually composed of two distinct faces – a man and a woman kissing one another. Apparently, once the viewer discerns two individual faces, his/her brain will flip between two possible interpretations of the mask, making the viewer perceive two faces or one face in alternation. This kind of illusion, where the viewer experiences two equally possible interchangeable stable states in perception, is called bistable illusion.  Image © 2011 Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith & Marie-Jo Waeber

More Amazing Illusions

Hidden Image

Almost as if there was no evidence of the hidden illusion it holds… But wait! What if you blurred your vision just for a second? Scroll the page up and dow or simply step few feet back from your monitor. Now what you see? It has to be magic, right? Just when you’re done, be sure to share his identity…

Coffer Illusion – How many circles?

© 2006 Anthony Norcia

First time viewers of this display invariably do not see the 16 circles segmented from the background. Rather, they see a series of rectangles that they frequently describe as “door panels”. The illusion pits segmentation cues against what appears to be a very strong prior to interpret the image as a series of 3-D structures “coffers” with closed boundaries. (A coffer is a decorative sunken panel.) It appears that the prior involves both closure and shape-from shading assumptions. The Coffer Illusion is a variation on Gianni Sarcone’s “Op Art illusion”.

Religious Vision

Stare at the four dots in the centre of the image for 1 minute, then look away at something white or bright, like a sheet of paper or an open window, then your religious vision will appear.

Rotating Rings Illusion

Look at the intersections between the rings. Notice how they start white, fade to black and then back to white.

When they are white, the 3 rings look like one chain linked set of rings that rotates as a whole.
HOWEVER, once the intersections turns grey/black, it suddenly appears that the 3 rings are sliding over one another and not rotating at all.
So in short: Looks like rotation when intersection is white, looks like sliding when black.

Who is hugging who?

Here’s another accidental optical illusion photo that’s been circulating our Facebook channel lately. Who is holding the newspaper and who is behind the couch?