If you’re like us, Magic Eye Pictures were a particularly formative part of your childhood in the 1990s, because seeing a hidden message that your parents couldn’t was a super easy way to make yourself feel superior and awesome. But how exactly did they work, and why can’t everyone see them?
Magic Eye puzzles are stereograms – two-dimensional pictures that can create three-dimensional images, depending on how you look at them.
Some stereograms are designed to be viewed cross-eyed, but the ones published in the famous Magic Eye books were designed for divergent viewing. That means instead of looking directly at an image, you’re supposed to ‘over diverge’ your eyes, as if you’re looking right through it.
To achieve this, you need to point your eyes at a spot beyond the main image. Some people will just naturally be able to do this without even realising what their eyes are doing, while others will need to use the guides at the top of the page, indicating where they should look.
If you’re successful, a three-dimensional image should appear in the patterned stereogram. Try it:
Scroll down to see if you saw the right animals:
This is what you should see:
- 2 Lions
- A Wolf
- Fish and a turtle
How many did you get right? Leave your answer in the comments.