Last weekend, while wasting time on the internet looking up magic eyes, optical illusions and mind games, I stumbled across something I had never seen before in my life- the spinning lady illusion. I spent (embarrassingly) the next three hours researching how it worked, and how I could use the power of my mind to control her movement.
A week later, and I’m still thinking about her.
So here’s the deal: Which way does she spin for you? Clockwise, or counter-clockwise?
Supposedly, if she spins Clockwise for you, you are predominantly Right-Brained. If she spins Counter-Clockwise you are predominantly Left-Brained. (To find out what all this Left-Brain, Right-Brain mumbo-jumbo supposedly means click here)
And here’s the extra special fun part… if you can make her switch directions at will, I’ve heard it means your IQ is over 160.
In all truth, she really does spin both ways. Just have someone look at it with you and see if they say she spins the opposite direction you see her spinning. For me, she initially spun Clockwise. That makes me a Right-Brainer, but that makes sense since I’m a lefty.
Personally, I was more interested in how the dang thing worked. And I wanted to see her go in both directions. I won’t ruin this illusion for you if you don’t want it to be, but if you are curious as to why she can be seen spinning in both directions at once check out this article, or this NY Times article, or the Wikipedia article. (And if you need it explained in plain english, shoot me a comment and I’ll fill you in).
Now that I know how it works, not only can I see her spin in both directions, but I can see the illusion for how it really works when I look at it in the right way. And just to note, I know my IQ, and while it’s an impressive number, it’s no 160. Take that for what it’s worth.
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