It’s easy to trick the human brain into seeing something that’s not there. Even when we’re aware that there are illusions in effect, we can be fooled. There is something about how our brains process information that allows people to mold our perceptions.

Take the photos below, for example. Each of them contain a brilliant optical illusion. Even though you know that’s the case, we bet each one will make you do a double take. They’re genius.

1.) Pssst, there’s a woman there.

2.) Owl or… not?

3.) Harvesting a moon.

4.) Big cup… or small helicopter?

5.) Mmm, straight from the source.

6.) Where does she stop and the world begin?

7.) Oh, hi there.

8.) A real-life mermaid?

9.) At first I thought this was a caterpillar…

10.) No, it’s not dirty at all.

11.) An inspirational illusion.

12.) Now that’s how you blow a horn.

13.) Life and death, combined.

14.) MMM. Cloud-flavored. My favorite.

15.) I thought Congress controlled the sun?

16.) Wait a second…

17.) A dinner party or something more?

18.) He’s as stubborn as a mule.

19.) That wheel might be a bit big…

20.) Ah, the elegance of a ballerina.

21.) SUP?

22.) Hey, let go!

23.) Nooooooo.

24.) He always hated when people would call him fuzzy face.

25.) LOLOL.

26.) Vroom, vroom!

27.) Who is holding who?

28.) Who said mythical creatures aren’t real?

29.) That’s no leopard.

30.) Want to go on a magic carpet ride?

31.) But where did it go?!

32.) Something doesn’t seem right here.

33.) A little to the left, guys.

34.) Who knew storks were so fast?

35.) Woah. That cat is magical.

36.) Leave those little guys alone!

37.) The first human-centaur wedding was a monumental day.

Whether you wanted to or not, your brain probably interpreted each of those photos as the illusion intended. It’s hard not to see what the photographer wanted you to. Fool your friends and share these optical illusion photos by clicking below.

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