This picture is becoming an internet sensation! Once shared online, it’s now been viewed millions of times and for one very simple reason- it’s literally magic!
The imagine appears insignificant at first glance, but very quickly, things began shifting right in front of your face! Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!
This perplexing imagine is what’s known as Troxler’s fading. The practice of this genre of art was first discovered in the early 1800’s by a Swiss doctor. The doctor, Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler, discovered that the human brain actually “stops paying attention to visual scenes that don’t change.”
The image you’re staring at will fade away, and then, only once you re-focus on the image, will you see the colors and design. No matter how many times you stare at the image, it will continue to disappear. Only once you intentionally re-focus will you see the colors and patterns.
This phenomenon is not strictly restricted to just 2-dimensional scenes. Troxler argued that the same thing can happen once you wear a wedding ring. You may notice it once you place the ring on your finger, but sooner or later, your mind will forget about it. Just because you don’t see the ring, doesn’t mean that it’s gone.
With this particular image, the soft colors and the blurry pattern makes the image easy to overlook. Stare at the image for a moment, and within 30 seconds, the image almost completely disappears!
Your natural reaction will be to refocus your eyes and check to make sure the image is still there. Even if it’s completely disappeared from your vision, it’s still very much there!
Try it for yourself and let us know if you were fooled by Troxler’s theory.