This incredible optical illusion is blowing minds on TikTok

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If there's one thing that'll never get boring online, it's a good old optical illusion. From hidden messages in artworks to static objects that appear to be moving, we've seen all sorts of weird, wonderful and wacky examples over the past few months. Here's another.

The latest viral illusion claims to show you a colour you've never seen before (by which it means, a colour your monitor probably hasn't shown you before). Even the best 4K monitors are unable to display "true" cyan (a combination of red, green, and blue) and instead have to settle for a close approximation. But now, thanks to a smash hit TikTok video (below), over 21M people have seen the illusive shade. (For more mind-bending content, see our list of the internet's finest optical illusions.)


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All you have to do is stare at a white dot inside a red circle for around thirty seconds. Close your eyes afterwards, and you'll see a glowing cyan orb. A slightly different version of the illusion posted to YouTube (below) sees the red circle slowly shrink to reveal a bright cyan circle in its place.

But be warned: that cyan circle is likely to linger in your vision for a short while. "I can see it everywhere I look now," one user comments, while another adds, "Now I feel like a terminator with an optical aiming mechanism everywhere I see." 

From rotating cubes that aren't actually rotating to falling people who aren't actually falling, we've seen some truly mind-boggling illusions lately. Check out the best optical illusions if you want to see them all in one place. And if you fancy creating one of your own, you'll find today's best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).