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Jaxon
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I thought this was pretty cool. Is she spinning clockwise or counter clockwise?

Click here to check it out.

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Lynne Kelly
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I can usually see both possibilities with optical illusions, but this one I can only see counter clockwise. But others I just showed saw it as clockwise.

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Ahhhh. I went back a few minutes later and now she is going clockwise and I can't get her to go counter clockwise. I seem to have to go away to change the impression. Very weird.

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If you look on the site a little longer she changes direction while you are watching,mike
Jaxon
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I look at different parts of the screen to make it change directions. Such as looking at the blank section to the right or left of it. I also find that if I stare at the shadow on the bottom it sometimes changes.

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Magical Lady
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Counter clockwise for me too!

Clockwise for a male observer viewing it at the same time !!!

- maybe its to do with whether your male or female! Clever!

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Oh oh. Now its clockwise here too!
Nice one Jaxon - it will drive me mad for ages now Smile

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Jaxon
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I just went back to it again and I discovered a way I can control it's direction. Once I got the hang of it it's worked every time.

I close my eyes for a few seconds until I can visualize it spinning in a certain direction. The outstretched leg is what I mostly picture moving in either direction. Imagine that leg moving right or left for a few moments. Then when you open your eyes again it'll be turning in what ever direction you visualized.

Not sure if that'll work for everyone but it works for me.

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It is appearing to be moving in one direction,which I believe it is ,its your subconscience mind allows for it to appear to reverse direction,this is noticable when you look at the base of her legs when you start to lose concentration,,,very clever,Jaxon how did you find this, mike
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I tried somethng that seemed to work for me... I tracked the foot that was kicking outwards and rocked back and forth towards the screen... when I rocked in a clockwise direction so did the figure, but when I switched direction it did too.

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Its getting addictive!

:)
Jaxon
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When I found this I was looking for information on stage illusions that use a silhouette. So I just happened to stumble upon this and thought it was pretty neat.

I know what you mean Magic Lady. It can be kind of addictive. I show it to people that come over and we end up looking at it for 10 minutes or so. Smile

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I see it in counter-clockwise directio, and cannot change it with the mental tricks you have suggested. I think I'll leave it there and check it out again later after lunch Smile

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Try looking at the foot on the upright/straight leg and staring at THAT for a moment or two, then look at the direction?

Alternatively, the rocking backwards and forwards as you view it worked for another.

(If not, the rocking could serve to comfort you as to the fact that you cant see it BOTH ways like the rest of us) Smile Smile
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Okay, try this one. My friend, looking over my shoulder, sees on leg going left as the other one goes right!
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She is going counterclockwise, I can't get her to go clockwise, I tried every one.
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Greg, what do you mean by rock clockwise.
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She would stop for a second or two.
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Have had here change speed.
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Another way to demostrate the ambiguity of the silhouette:
Ask a group of observers, "Which of the dancer's legs is
raised, her right...or her left?"

To see her spin clockwise, you must convince yourself that she
has her right leg raised and is pivoting on her left leg.

To see her spin counterclockwise, you must convince yourself
that she has her left leg raised and is pivoting on her right.

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