This head-spinning optical illusion has just broken my brain

You may have noticed that we're fond of a good optical illusion here at Creative Bloq, but some of them should really come with a health warning. This one doing the rounds at the moment is severely headache-inducing, especially if you try to take on the challenge of counting how many circles it shows.

The optical illusion, which has become popular on Imgur and other platforms, shows what appears to be a spiral or a series of interlinked circles or overlapping circles. But alas, while that might be what we see, our brain is fooling us. The image actually shows a number of separate concentric circles – but can you count how many? Just be warned that trying to do so may generate serious nausea. This might be one for our pick of the best optical illusions of the year.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.