Black and White Pyramid in Color!

Stare at this animation for 40 seconds, and concentrate on the black spot. After some time, the image will switch automatically (since it’s 2 frame animation), and show you black and white photo of a Pyramid in Egypt. Because of the special effect, originally invented by John Shadowsky, you will see a full color photo of the Pyramid instead black and white one that shows up. Don’t believe me? See for your self! These kind of illusions became really popular in last few months. You can even find few of them in this site’s Archives. Check Rainbow Illusion, and Black and White Spanish Castle Illusion. Here’s what Felice Lungo, creator of this submission wrote in his email: “I made a “Black&White in Color Image” and I would be really glad if you can add it on your website! I don’t know if it’s possible!, but I hope! Hope you like it!”


144 Replies to “Black and White Pyramid in Color!”


  2. It’s just cheating! The image changes itself, your brain doesn’t tell you. I wasn’t even staring at the dot but somewhere else outside my monitor and it kpt on changing every 15 seconds!!! YOU CHEATER!!

  3. Its supposed to change to black and white, its not fake, ur supposed to stare at the dot on the colour picture and when it changes to the black and white picture, it doesnt look how its supposed to (dont want to ruin it)

  4. Does anyone else think it’s hilarious how so many dumb people didn’t read the instructions and then called the illusion a fake?

    It changes from the b&w photo to the colour block every few seconds but IF you had actually bothered to stare at the dot you would see the illusion is that the b&w photo appears to become a coloured photo.

  5. It isn’t fake. What you have to do is stare at the dot LIKE IT TELLS YOU TO, then it switches to Black and White but your eyes tell you it’s colored.

  6. do people not understand wat this illusion is about? yea the screen changes but if u stare at it, the colours get inverted so you see a brown pyramid with a blue sky instead of a black and white picture!!!! there r some confuseddd ppl on here!!!

  7. if your staring when it changes it appears to be a color picture not just a black and white one. Worked for me.

  8. Its good, makes my eyes go funny, but is it real? it looks like it because if you look away there is no sign of coloured pyramid.

    how do they do it? :S

  9. This is sooooooooo Cool!!!! It really is not that bad of an illusion because it acually does change colors it doesn’t just change colors on it’s own it you read the blog you would know that!!!

  10. You fools that are complaining:
    The fact is that it is a .gif animation is not the illusion.

    What you are supposed to do is stare at the black dot, then when the .gif changes the frame from the 2 colors to black and white, the picture looks like its colored – the background is blue, etc.

    Its not that if you stare at the black dot long enough it will “mysteriously” change to black and white.
    Read the illusion before you complain.

  11. fake! I look at the dot and the picture changes! And it doesn’t change into a pyramid, it changes into my mother punishing me for wearing girl’s underwear. It’s a bad picture. I’m a bad boy. Sorry mommy. But ooh, look at the colorful pyramid!

  12. TOTAL FAKE! I look at the dot and the picture changes on its own to a picture of my mommy beating me for posting a fake comment. Bad boy! Bad boy! Sorry mommy.

    (Great color picture of the pyramid though…)

  13. Whoever is saying this is fake is stupid
    But if you dont look at the dot it will stay black and white
    if you continue staring at the dot the pic will become colored once it switches to the b&W photo.

  14. so everyone who’s saying this is fake obviously doesn’t know how to read…it’s supposed to be two screens, the trick isn’t that it changes it’s that you see the black and white picture in color…

    …smart ones

  15. it’s not cheating, yes the picture does go from a coloured one to a black and white one but the point is that if you stare at the orange and blue one first you will then see the black and white one in living colour (sand and sky) read the instructions before you complain!

  16. The illusion is if you stare at the dot, then when the pic changes, you will see the pyramid in full color.

  17. wow this is an awesome illusion.
    I hope those people who posted it was fake have the guts to respond and say they were mistaken.

  18. for those who CANNOT read..!

    “Stare at this animation for 40 seconds, and concentrate on the black spot. After some time, the image will switch automatically (since it’s 2 frame animation), and show you black and white photo of a Pyramid in Egypt.”

    i think this is an awsome illusion, never saw anything like it..! nice :)

  19. u guys don’t understand. yes the image chenges but if you stare at the black dot, the new black and white image looks coloured! its amazing! read the illusion description. one of my favourites so far.

  20. I cant believe how many people are missing the point of this illusion. I’m not going to explain it, since it’s been explained countless times, and if you are unable to read the very clear instructions before shooting your mouth off, then you don’t deserve to see the illusion.

    Anyways, does anyone else find it works best if you relax your eyes, (like with a “magic eye” 3D illusion) and focus behind your screen. When you do this, the blue seems to all become one shade and it works very well when the picture changes.

  21. my goodness the amount of thickos on here. It is supposed to change image you fools. You look at the odd coloured one with the black dot….then when it changes to the greyscale one it appears in full colour.


  22. of course it is an animation
    you are supposed to stare at the dot in the colour one and when the black and white one comes on it looks like it is colour. Maybe you should read the description of it first

  23. READ THE DIRECTIONS!!! It clearly states that it’s an animation! You guys are TOTALLY missing the point. Stupid people annoy me.

  24. excellent, i didn’t think i would see it in color… that’s pretty smart there… :)

    from the comments i’ve noticed that some people thought that the flipping image is the illusion. pity.

  25. of cource the image swaps. it swaps to a black&white image. but if you stare at the black spot you see a color picture. that is the illusion, not the effect that it swaps from a drawing to a photo. if you don’t believe it, look around on the monitor and check…
    i like it

  26. awesome……….i showed my whole classand they loved it too but shhhh dnt tell my teacher, she was out of the room!

  27. I do not understand why some people think this illusion is a fake or hard. Just stare at the black dot. Do not blink, do not move, just stare at it. It is not that hard. READ DESCRIPTION. Thank you and have a wonderful day! :D

  28. its not cheat.

    the 2 frames animation is a black and white pyramid.

    when u stare at the black dot, you could see a colored pyramid.

  29. This is a great illusion, yes the screen does automatically change, but if you stare, the illusion is that the pyramid appears in sand clours!!! and not black and white – dummies!!!!

  30. This one is good, but youd better see the spanish castle one…. that one is amazing. same method but more impact.

  31. lol this is not fake, just give it a try it works!if you don’t believe me, stare at the dot, and when it changes, look at another spot on the picture then look back, it will change from color to black and white and back to color. NOT FAKE!

  32. Aw gawd, why does everyone think that it’s a fake! The picture does change automatically, yes, but it’s just supposed to be reversed color so that you can see it! (The person above me explained it better)

  33. Actually, its really easy. If you stare at something and suddenly something changes (or you just look to a ligh or dark place of you room for example) youll see the ‘negative’ image. Black will be white, yellow will be blue (inverted colors). This is exacly the same, the blue is yellow, when the black and white image appears it looks blue. Really good ‘illusion’.

  34. it’s fake! all it does is switch from b/w to inverted! and for those of you who say “just follow directions,” JOKE’S ON YOU! it changes no matter if you stare at the dot or not! lame, lame, lame.

  35. Awesome, worked for me. It looks like a color image for a short while, then “fades” back to B&W. It probably has something to do with a “negative” of the image being burnt on your retina or something.

  36. It’s not about the picture changing. If you look elsewhere it just changes to a black and white. If you stare at the dot it changes to a colour photo first (ie the sky is blue). It states in the instructions that it is animated. This does not make it a fake. You just need to understand it!!!

  37. All you people cry “It’s fake! It’s an anmated gif”. Clearly it’s the later. But the problem is your recognition: You’re just not able to follow any direction and concentrate for more than 10 seconds. Poor…

  38. Its real alright. Opened the file in a editor and i saw only 2 pictures. Read the instructions before complaining, saves you and all of us a lot of unnecessary comments.

  39. I don’t think some of you get it. Stare at the dot in the color picture until it switches. then, the otherwise colorless pyramid will seem colored.

  40. I don’t think some of you get it. You’re supposed to stare at the black dot in the colored picture until the phrames switch. Then if you continue to stare at the colorless picture it will seem to have color.

  41. Quote:”it’s fake! all it does is switch from b/w to inverted! and for those of you who say “just follow directions,” JOKE’S ON YOU! it changes no matter if you stare at the dot or not! lame, lame, lame.”

    If you stare somewhere other than that dot, such as a word above the gif, than it will still appear to be color. It’s because the colors will still imprint on your eyes if your looking somewhere else but can still see it in the corner of your eyes.

  42. Guys, u don’t have 2 tell it over and over again how it works. If those people don’t get it and tell its fake, just let them say. I enjoy it that’s for sure. Great Illusion!

  43. to everyone that thinks this one is stupid and that it changes. DUH its supposed to change. thats the point. if you look at the inverted at the dot to be exact, and when it switches over you see the pyramid in full color. your brain still does the work but the animation just tells it when for it to start oding the work

  44. I only see the sky blue, the pyramid stays black and white for me.

    I tried it over and over, but no matter what I can’t see the pyramid in colour only the sky.

  45. well… the image appeared to be coloured even when i did not stare at it. So I dont think the other image has anything to do with it. Is anybody SURE that the original is black and white? I’d luv to check that somewhere, bt u do it 4 me.

  46. wow, people who arn’t reading this are most definitly not reading, the piont isn’t hat it changes to the perimids, the piont is that it’s a black and white pisture, but if you stare at the dot it will apear in color when it changes to the black and white picture!


    It is NOT fake because the picture changes. If you’re seriously THAT stupid, just read the instructions again. If your small brain STILL cannot wrap itself around the simple concept after reading the description, read the comments.


  48. Hey geniuses, the point isnt that its supposed to switch, its a 2 frame gif animation.
    The point is that its a black and white image, but after staring at the first one, the photo appears to be in color.

  49. It does make sense, it changes frames so you can do it! Dont look at the coloured screen and look at it when it changes, it black and white, then do it properly and you’ll see it!

  50. the idea behind this is to give a black and white image the illusion of having colour. it is an animation and it’s supposed to be. stare at the black dot and when the image changes to the black and white picture of the pyramid it seems to be brown with a blue sky.

  51. it means when u stare at the colour pic where the black dot is when it changes to the black and white version it looks as if its in colour evan i know that duhh….

  52. people how stupid can you be?? of course it will change on its own its supposed to do that! stare at it, when it ganges you will see the picture in color! try to read the descriptions

  53. it’s not fake!! The picture is changing to black and white, not color! If you look at the black spot, you will see the color.. That’s illusion!

  54. this is my favorite illusion on the site
    and i can’t believe how stupid you guys are I’m 10 i figured it out or i didn’t need to i can read!?!?

  55. Whoever said it was a fake obviously aren’t avid readers! It is supposed to change, but it changes to black and white. The thing is that if you stare at the dot, when it changes, it’s in colour. When you look somewhere else, the picture’s in black and white. Really cool!

  56. excuse me, anonymous #3, but the animation is supposed to change. maybe you should try reading the description next time!

  57. People saying it's fake – Do you realize it's supposed to change to the black and white photo, but your brain tells you it's in color? >.>

  58. it has to do about after images, and the retina. but if u shift ur veiw oh so slightly, it goes back to black amd white.

  59. this is an amazing illusion and very rare! is it just me or does any1 else find it funny that so many people are so slow and dont read instructions properly? it is meant to change without you telling it to try doing what the instructions tell you to do and you will c. stop tryin to b a smartass and READ!!!

  60. to those of you that are too lame to understand.Of course the pic changes from a reverse black and white to just black and white.However the black and white image appears in color until you move your eyes off of the center.

  61. guys, calm down. Just watch the black dot until the photo switches, and it will look like it’s in colour, when it’s not. It is an illusion, so just be patient and watch before you jump to conclusions and accuse people of cheating.

  62. this is so dumb you guys need to get a life and get off this website im only here cause i hit this link that some one sent me you guys are BIG FAT LOSERS

  63. lol dude i was one of the first few to post and claim it wasn’t a fake, i don’t remember how long ago it was but i subscribed to these comments and i laugh every once in a while to see the stupid idiots who bother to post there comments without reading the instructions or any of the comments telling them to read it or that spell the directions out themselves. heh i like people that make me feel like a genius!

  64. Does anyone else think it's hilarious how so many dumb people didn't read the instructions and then called the illusion a fake?

    It changes from the b&w photo to the colour block every few seconds but IF you had actually bothered to stare at the dot you would see the illusion is that the b&w photo appears to become a coloured photo.

  65. you are retards! its not point to change picture, its point to black and white picture become in color.. you stupid assholes..

  66. Its supposed to change. If you stare at it, instead of the next photot which is really black and white, its in color. Duh!!eignab

  67. Guys, it’s not fake. The image switches, yes, but it switches to a black and white image, not a colour one. If you started at the other one long enough it will appear in colour.

    Nice illusion.

  68. Anonymous says:
    “Guys, it’s not fake. The image switches, yes, but it switches to a black and white image, not a colour one. If you started at the other one long enough it will appear in colour.”

    Nice illusion.

    Me: It really isn’t fake

  69. i IS fake, i was reading the instructions and it changed, i tried saving this image and it was a gif…ry it for stupid peole…dont you know when you are being tricked!
    i can even seeit changing out of the corner of my eyes hile typing this!!!!

    1. I swear there is quite a few illiterate people roaming this website. First off, if you are going to make a statement concluding that something is false, maybe you should actually type your words to where everyone can understand what you are saying. Second, Please read a book or maybe take an initiative to further your education, since it is most certainly on of the few thing no one can take from you!

  70. To author of comment #99:
    Are… you… stupid???
    It’s supposed to change! That’s the whole point! When you stare at the dot, your eyes will register the color of that image. When it switches, your eyes will still have the previous color. Instead of being a black and white picture, it will be a fully colored image of the pyramids.
    Think before you post!

    P.S. 100th comment :D

  71. dudes come on, the illusion is the fact that the colors of the negative screen overrule the black and white, a trick of the mind nothing more, but absolutly not fake! Just proof of our inability to record enviroments as single bound reality’s.

    1. i think this is fake…if you make print screen of the image and stare in the paint program we can´t see the change

    2. okay whoever said its fake is an idiot, the point is to trick your eyes into seeing a color photo when the black and white photo appears. its a 2 frame animation, a odd colored photo appears stare at it until the black and white photo appears. the point is to get the black and white photo to look like its in full color! (not and odd color like the first frame but a natural color, like the original photo would have been or real life)

  72. This is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. All it dose is switch around the colors and there you have it.



  74. lol I too find it funny, I mean I didn’t read the instructions.. but, com’on isn’t it obvious? You’re on an optical illusion site, if there’s a dot you stare at it. =P

    Also the dot simply gives you a focal point that is also centered well to see everything in color then.. But you can do it by staring at any one point.. I also did it once with my finger in front and then kept staring at the same spot and removed my finger, thus leaving the area my finger covered now black and white, while the rest I could still see in color.. I had my finger nail over the black dot itself, and stared at my fingernail, and then continued at that spot when I removed my finger after the image changed over q=

  75. the illusion isnt that it jumps
    the illusion happens because the picture is actually in black and white but when u stare at the black dot, the pic seems to be in color DAH

  76. You’re an idiot if you say it’s fake or doesn’t work. When you stare at a color for a certain amount of time, and then it changes to nuetrals (gray), the complementary color will be visible; hence, the sky changes from orange to “blue” and the pyramid from light blue to a “light yellow-orange”. It’s all optics and perception, rods and cones, and if you say “it’ll change automatically” you simply don’t get it and are probably a lazy, know-it-all, retard monkey.

  77. Good Lord! Can some people not comprehend that the illusion isn’t the changing of the picture!
    If you took both images (the “coloured” pyramid and the black/white one) and stared at a spot on the coloured one (doesn’t matter where really) and then look at the same point on the other one, the pyramids seem coloured correctly!

  78. Ok if u stare at the dot 4 40 secs and the black/white thing comes up and it looks colorful to u, get ur eyes checked. C YA!!!!

  79. haha, fake! it changes colour after 40 seconds. just visit another website for 40 seconds, and voila, colour change.

  80. sorry to say this but this isn’t the real its just fake we can’t know the pyramids and old Egyptian secrets in bulid so this 100% fake

  81. This is a 2 frame animation or in other words 2 different pictures. The illusion is that if you look at the black dot the black and white image after looks coloured. It works

  82. this is so not an illusion. it automatically turns into black and white picture, even without staring at the dot…LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

    1. The first couple of people pretending to be terminally dim were quite funny but the joke’s worn a bit thin. “Nicole” didn’t even go to the trouble to appear illiterate! Full marks for “Stephanie” though – totally incomprehensible :-)

  83. to be honest dont be stupid i coverd the dot and it still changed so obviously its a trick :L

  84. also try to hang on to the colored picture as long as you can, I can almost make it to the end (hint: the sky is easy to keep in color)

  85. Omg, I actually can’t believe my eyes, not when I look at the optical illusion, which is awesome, by the way, by when I read those idiotic comments that the illusion is fake or it just changes or nothing happens,… What a bunch of retards, pardon my sincerity.

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