You see what your mind tells you to see. The human mind developed a lot of complex algorithms to make sense of the truckloads of visual information that we receive. It did a great job but often it is tricked into seeing things that are not there. This post is a compilation of the best optical illusions of all time. Many of these are very popular and you must have seen them but some are obscure and they will delight you in astounding ways. You can add in comments some other great optical illusion that we might have missed. So, let’s begin the fun ride!

Best Optical Illusions of All Time

Rolling Cylinders Illusion

rolling cylinders optical illusion
rolling cylinders optical illusion

Believe it, there is no animation at all. This is a static photograph. If you want to stop these rolling cylinders then simply stare at just one point. Once you start moving your eyes, it will again start rolling.This amazing optical illusion is created by interacting color contrasts and shape positions within the image. The varying shapes of the dots gives the impression that these are cylinders and the slight shift due to black and white outline outline around these dots creates the illusion of motion.

Pac Man Illusion

pac man optical illusion
pac man optical illusion

Also known as the lilac chaser optical illusion. Focus on the cross mark in the center. As you focus, a green dot will appear and start rotating. As you keep the focus, all you can see is the green dot rotating around the cross and the magenta dots will disappear. You may adjust your eye position from scree to view the illusion more clearly.

Checker Shadow

checker shadow optical illusion
checker shadow optical illusion

Can you trust your eyes? What if you are told that the color in the blocks marked A and B are the same. You won’t believe it unless you save the image, open it in a photo editor and check the hex value of these blocks. This amazing optical illusion was first published by a MIT professor, Edward Adelson.

Rotating Squares

rotating squares optical illusion
rotating squares optical illusion

This is just one image. The moment you move your eyes, the squares at the periphery will start rotating. As you stop the eye movement the rotation cease to exist. Again a very satisfying and one of the best optical illusions.

Moving Right Illusion

moving right illusion
moving right illusion

Obviously these pillar are moving up and down. But, do you also think that they are moving towards the right. If they are moving towards the right, they should eventually reach to the right edge but they stay at the same place. What do you think is causing this amazing optical illusion?

Leaning Tower Illusion

leaning tower illusion
leaning tower illusion

Which of the tower is leaning more? Can you guess? What if I told you that they are exactly the same image. Get amazed while trying this with similar images.

Zollner Illusion

zollner illusion
zollner illusion

This illusion was created by Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner which consists of parallel lines that appear to be tilted.

Hering Illusion

Hering illusion
Hering illusion

This optical illusion is attributed to the German physiologist Ewald Hering. When two straight and parallel lines are presented in front of a radial background, the lines appear as if they are bowed outwards.

Parallel Lines Illusion

parallel lines optical illusion
parallel lines optical illusion

Are these lines parallel or do they bend? A superb interplay of contrast gets the better of our eyes. This is also probably the most popular optical illusion of all time.

Titchener Circles

ebbinghaus illusion
ebbinghaus illusion

The orange circles in both the images are of the same size. This optical illusion is attributed to German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus. This illusion is now used extensively in research in cognitive psychology, to find out more about the various perception pathways in our brain.

Did you like this list? What other illusions do you think should have been in the list of best optical illusions of all time? Write in comments. Also, check out our list of the cool & funny optical illusion images. 

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