The best optical illusion of the year is definitely the most baffling

A screenshot from The Phantom Queen illusion video on YouTube
(Image credit: Best Illusion of the Year Contest)

In terms of optical illusions, there's been a whole host of interesting, innovative and mind-bending designs to sink your teeth into this year. But if you're wondering what the best illusion of year is (because who isn't?), then we have the answer. Say hello to The Phantom Queen. 

This total mind-boggler has just won the Best Illusion of the Year Contest (because apparently, that's a thing), and we have to admit, it sure is a good one. Aptly named The Phantom Queen, the illusion sees a seemingly invisible queen chess piece move across the board in a mirrored reflection, but magically, not on the actual chessboard (and no it's not a fake mirror). Fancy making your very own illusion? If the answer is yes, then make sure you check out our guide on how to create 3D optical illusions.

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a 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 a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), 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.