Mind Bending Illusion GIFs

Mind Bending Illusions

If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’re probably aware of the images which seriously mess with your head. No, not the ridiculous amounts of adult material which is on the web, but the small images which are simple in design but insane in their execution. They screw with your eyes, confuse your brain and, basically, make you either surprised, stunned or in facial pain. So with that being said, here are some of the most mind bending illusion gifs on the web handpicked by the self-proclaimed experts at Thorpe Breaks – you can check out their website here. Enjoy!


Lilac Chaser

Now Hold Still…

The more you look at this one the more it messes with your head. Do you look at the cross or the moving lilac spots? Ahhhhhh, it’s too much!! Get it away from my eyes! (Stare at the cross and the spots seem to disappear, and a green spot which isn’t there takes the place of the spots).

Wundt Illusion


Are the red lines straight or curved? Look again. Press your face on the monitor. The more you look at it, the more you discover. It’s one of those things which messes with your eyes and then gives you a headache. Don’t stare at it for too long!

Classic barber pole


It’s actually a striped pattern of infinite length moving slowly down…

You will have probably seen this illusion before but it’s still as confusing as ever. It’s weird how the smallest things mess with your mind, and this moving barber pole is no different.

Moving star

Star Illusion

Look Deeper.

Stare at the centre of this image and see if the rest of the star begins to move. It will take some time and your eyes will strain but it is still amazing to see this happened. How our brains do stuff like this is beyond belief.

Dancing woman

Spinning Dancer Illusion

Some people say they can make the dancing woman change direction after staring at her for long enough, so why not give it a try and see if you can, too. It’s a bit of a weird one because it hurts your eyes looking at a woman turning over and over. Once you do get her to change direction, it can be a struggle to get her to change back. Try staring at the reflection of her feet and blinking quickly.

What?! How?!

Ponzo Illusion

Okay, there isn’t really much point for too many words here, because it’s hard to even explain how this one is even possible. How?!

So, there you have it; some of the most mind-bending illusion gifs on the internet. It’s a weird, eye-hurting world of gifs out there. Just don’t watch any on YouTube because they like to pull the prank where a screaming face jumps at you…

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