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15 Mind-Boggling Optical Illusions That Have Us Questioning Our Eyes

pyramid or hole next to circles that look like they're spinning

When what you’re seeing doesn’t match reality, you could be looking at an optical illusion.

If you’ve ever struggled to see the hidden image in a “magic eye” painting, you know just how much these tricks can mess with your head! Here are a few jaw-dropping examples that have us rubbing our eyes in disbelief.

1. The dots may look different, but they’re all the same color.

2. Rock those heels! We don’t judge.

3. This “moving” image is completely still.

4. Artwork that ages before your very eyes.

5. This one took forever for us to understand! (Hint: the man’s shorts are two different colors.)

6. Which way is the ballerina spinning?

7. Artist Nikolaj Arndt creates incredible 3D street art that passersby can interact with.

8. This picture will fade away if you stare at it.

9. Probably one of the coolest tattoos ever done.

10. Makeup artist Mimi Choi is so talented, it’s scary. Like, really scary.

11. Behold! The shrinking and growing effect of the Ames Room.

12. Warning: Skip this one if you’re sensitive to movement, strobe lights, or have epilepsy. In case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hallucinate…

13. The San Siro optical illusion. Don’t let it fool you; those columns aren’t moving!

14. Everything is moving, yet nothing is moving.

15. Both? We’re going with both.

Our minds have been blown. These images are truly confusing and remind us that things aren’t always as they seem!

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