This unimaginable optical phantasm is blowing minds on TikTok

If there’s one thing that never gets boring online, it’s good old optical illusion. From hidden messages in works of art to static objects that appear to be moving, we’ve seen all sorts of weird, wonderful, and wacky examples in the past few months. Here is another one.

The latest viral illusion claims to show you a color you’ve never seen (meaning your monitor has probably never shown you a color). Even the best 4K monitors cannot display “true” cyan (a combination of red, green, and blue) and instead have to settle for a close approximation. But now, thanks to a successful TikTok video (below), over 21 million people have seen the illusory shadow.

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All you have to do is stare at a white point in a red circle for about thirty seconds. Then close your eyes and you will see a glowing cyan ball. In a slightly different version of the illusion posted on YouTube (below), the red circle is slowly shrinking, revealing a bright cyan circle in its place.

But be warned: this cyan circle is likely to linger in your vision for a short time. “I can see it everywhere I look now,” comments one user while another adds. “Now I feel like a terminator with an optical aiming mechanism wherever I see.”

From spinning cubes that don’t actually spin to falling people who don’t actually fall, we’ve seen some really mind-boggling illusions lately. Check out the best optical illusions when you want to see them all in one place. And if you feel like building one of your own, check out the best deals on Adobe Creative Cloud below.

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