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For the past few days, we’ve been working to create an illusion where a picture looks different from far away than close up. On a small monitor, you’ll need to get about 6-10 feet away. If you have a huge monitor, you may need to backup further. If you’re having a hard time seeing the far away image, let us know so can post smaller pictures that you can see from a closer distance.

In the first illusion, the “baby genius” turns into a young Einstein when you stand far enough from the computer:
baby turns into einstein

A few people who saw the first one so far said “yeah, but I knew what I was looking for, which is why I could tell it was Einstein”. Good point, so we created this second image using the same baby … what does it look like to you from far away?
baby ages

If you like these, let us know and we can post a couple other hybrid image illusions and also give you instructions on how you can make your own. This is particularly fun to do using your own children, for example … you can make one child turn into his or her sibling.

18 Responses to “Illusion: Baby turns into Einstein”

  1. on 12 Nov 2006 at 8:45 pm Natas Vuli

    That is so cool!

  2. on 12 Nov 2006 at 10:00 pm Luke

    the second looks like a creepy big baby with white hair….

  3. on 12 Nov 2006 at 11:10 pm Frummidge

    It’s one of the Founding Fathers, I think… I wasn’t wearing my glasses.

  4. on 13 Nov 2006 at 12:29 am Owen

    I couldnt tell who hte second one was supposed to be but very cool indeed.
    Please post how you did it.

  5. on 13 Nov 2006 at 12:37 am carrie

    my guess was freud or a bearded someone

  6. on 13 Nov 2006 at 2:54 am Peety

    I know !! I know !!

    A baby on CRACK ???

    :)

    Enjoy the rest of your day..

  7. on 13 Nov 2006 at 9:43 am Melissa

    Ha ha! Those are funny! I saw Einstein in the first one and Mozart or Jefferson–hard to say really–in the second one.

    Here from Slightly Drunk for Click & Comment Monday.

  8. on 13 Nov 2006 at 10:50 am CyberCelt

    Wow! I can see something, but when I get very far from my computer, I cannot see.

    Here from Slightly Drunk for Click and Comment Monday.

  9. on 13 Nov 2006 at 11:12 am Cameron

    This is great. Kind of like an inkblot test. I see Colonel Sanders (sans glasses) in the second one. What does that mean?

  10. on 13 Nov 2006 at 1:24 pm Lucy

    I couldn’t see anything in either one – but then I am one of THOSE people who can’t see the hidden picture in all the dots. :)

    Here for C&C Monday!

  11. on 13 Nov 2006 at 1:37 pm Diesel

    That’s freaking cool. I’m going to guess Charles Darwin for the 2nd one, although I’m really not sure.

  12. on 13 Nov 2006 at 4:30 pm Michele

    Happy Monday! Here via your landlord and C&C Monday.

  13. on 13 Nov 2006 at 8:11 pm jan

    To me the second one looks just like Cornal Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame!

    These are so way cool! I wanna know how to turn a pic of my 16 into Godzilla…….lol!

  14. on 15 Nov 2006 at 2:36 am prying1

    I have a huge monitor and the wall is not far enough away from it. I have to remodel the house and take the wall out. Please don’t remove this posting until the remodeling is done. Thanks for your consideration…

    P.S. Thanks for the wonderful Super Secret Prize and I look forward to more of your contests…

    The Toilet Master

  15. on 19 Feb 2007 at 2:58 pm Dark_blaze37

    I think the second one is a fisherman

  16. on 20 Feb 2007 at 11:30 am santosh

    This illusion is really great Anita.
    Good job
    I will definately put this in my blog.

    Cheers!!

  17. on 12 Mar 2007 at 2:43 pm mate

    I like this a lot.
    could you please send me the instructions how can I make my own illusions, please?

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    […] image of Einstein (not that anything is wrong with his! *wink*), and while perusing the Internet I came across this image from November 06.  Basically, if you stand back from your monitor, you see the image of Einstein […]

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