It’s not yet possible to make Silvio Berlusconi disappear, but now a new illusion can shrink his head. Created by Tim Meese and colleagues at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, the animation tricks our brain with moving circles of different sizes before presenting the mind-altering images of his face.
To perceive the effect, fix your eyes on the cross in the center of the video. Once the motion stops and the head pictures are flashed on-screen, the image on the left should appear smaller than the one on the right. If you pause the video, you’ll notice that in fact both heads are the same size.