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This dual axis optical illusion will make your head spin

A dual-axis illusion on a gradient background.
(Image credit: The Illusion contest)

We love a good optical illusion here at Creative Bloq, and it seems we're not alone. This dual axis illusion clip – featuring an obscure shape rotating both vertically and horizontally, depending on which axis is being covered – has been viewed over two million times on YouTube (see below). 

With its mystifying changing axis, the video is so perplexing that The Illusion Contest made it the optical illusion of the year back in 2019, and it's still confusing us – maybe it deserves a spot on our roundup of the most mind-bending optical illusions

The design was created by game developer Frank Force using Javascript. According to DigitalInformationWorld, Force was experimenting with equations known as Lissajous curves, when he discovered he could create a shape that could rotate around any axis. Still not getting it? To get a better understanding, you can control the design via the dual-axis illusion website

This isn't the first award-winning illusion we've covered, earlier this month we had our brains frazzled by The Phantom Queen, and we've even got a roundup of the best illusions of 2021. If you'd like to be with a chance of winning your own illustrious award, then you'll love our guide on how to create 3D optical illusions

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Amelia Bamsey
Amelia Bamsey

Amelia Bamsey is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After accomplishing a first class honours degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering many design topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.