Almost Nobody Can Spot The 16 Circles In This Picture Of Boxes And Lines. Do You See Them?

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

I absolutely love optical illusions and any puzzle images that test your brain and your eyes.

I especially enjoy the types of illusions where there are two totally distinct images.

It’s always interesting to find out whether you’re in the majority who see one image, or the minority who spot the more “hidden” one.

There’s a new optical illusion taking the internet by storm, and it’s a surprisingly simple one.

The “coffer illusion” is a simple picture with black, white, and gray lines. At first glance, you can easily see the “coffers” (decorative sunken panels) that appear to be somewhat three-dimensional. But what many people don’t realize is that there are actually circles in the image as well, hidden in plain sight!

The first time I looked at this image, I was stumped for about 15 minutes. I craned my head back and forth but couldn’t for the life of me see those circles.

Are you ready to try your hand at spotting them? Scroll through the images below!

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Thumbnail Photo: Reddit / i124nk8

coffer illusion

Here’s the original image.

If you’re like me, your eyes go straight to the apparent “boxes,” with different shades of rectangles stacked on top of one another.

Coffer Illusion

The rectangles are arranged into even rows (four total) and are easily visible. But I’ve outlined one here in the off-chance you’re one of the fewer people who see the circles first and not the rectangles.

Can you see any circles?

Coffer Illusion

Here is the image rotated, so that the rectangular coffers appear longer length-wise.

Can you see the circles now?

Coffer Illusion

Here’s a hint: Try staring at the corner of one of the boxes and let your eyes go slightly out of focus. That might help you start spotting the circles.

The red arrow above points to the top left section of one circle.

Do you see it now? If not, click below for the big reveal!

CLICK TO REVEAL coffer illusion

Here is the original image with all the circles outlined in red.

Horizontal lines make up all of the rectangles’ centers. But the vertical lines between the rectangles form circles!

This illusion first came to prominence when it was shared by Relatively Interesting on July 28, 2017.

coffer illusion

It was later picked up and tweeted by Rebecca Roache. Rebecca’s tweet was retweeted over 2,600 times. A Reddit user named i124nk8 saw the illusion from Rebecca’s tweet and shared it on the site.

coffer illusion

It quickly reached the Reddit top page as stumped readers kept upvoting it. The illusion currently has almost 43,000 upvotes!

This visual puzzle is actually rather old. According to Illusion of the Year, the coffer illusion was created by Anthony Norcia of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in 2006.

coffer illusion

It was a Top 10 finalist in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest that year.

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