illusion iconTop Optical Illusion Resources

There are tons of optical illusion pages on the internet, most of them are just copycat galleries with little information or original content.

Below I have gathered & linked to the best optical illusion resources, galleries, and scientific explanations of visual illusions. Also, I added a selection of recommended books at the end of this article.

Don’t forget to check out our own Optical Illusion Gallery here on if you haven’t already.

Best Optical Illusion Websites

Page updated: July 15th – 2011 (new links and books added)

akiyoshi's illusion pages

Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages <– best Illusion Website in Blifaloo’s opinion. You may not recognize Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s name, but you are sure to recognize some of his original optical illusion designs.

His site hosts a huge collection of his work, so check it out. Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka has published great books of his amazing visual work. See the Optical Illusion Books at the end of this page.

optical illusions explained

Optical Illusion Theory – Explained Looking for the science and math that makes optical illusions work? Cornelia Fermüller, a research scientist does an excellent job of explaining visual illusions.


Octavio Ocampo Is a Mexican artist that produces amazing hidden imagery in his paintings. You have probably already seen some of his work posted around the web, so check out his site to see the rest.


WikiPedia & WikiMedia Commons Wikipedia has a lot of general information about optical illusions which makes for a good introduction on the subject.

Also check out the optical illusion images and animations contained in Wikimedia Commons.

More Optical Illusion Links

The Illusion of Self – Podcast. Not directly about optical illusions, but everyday illusions of reality.

University of Mass. Psych Dept. Visual Illusion Gallery.

Our Eyes Playing Tricks – Cool illusion gallery / eye tricks from the UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

84 Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena by Michael Bach.

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Books on Optical Illusions and other Visual Phenomenon

Here is my recommended reading for optical illusion books, including those artists who I linked to above.


These are my top picks, but you can find tons more on Here is a shortcut to a search of Amazon’s Optical Illusion Books. Each purchase through Amazon via my site generates a small commission for this site. Thanks!