25 Photos That Will Mess With Your Mind

By Jake Schroeder

Our minds can play tricks on us, especially when we take a look at certain photographs. Not only are the following photos bound to play tricks on your mind, but they simply prove that perspective is everything.

By the Power Vested in Me

When characters levitate in TV shows and movies, it might look as if they were performing the trick of their own accord, but we know behind the scenes, there’s someone pulling strings. In this magician’s case, however, no one could ever figure out the power behind his levitation. It all became clear one day when an area local realized that the only thing keeping this man suspended in mid-air was a whole bunch of strategically releasing hot air.

By the Power Vested in Me
By the Power Vested in Me

Walking On Air

When your world seems to have turned upside down, it’s better to stop fighting against fate, and better to join up with it. This woman realized that she needed to join together with the challenges life was bringing her, and hoped that once she started walking upside down, the puzzle pieces would begin to fit together once more. It was a daunting task for someone who’d always lived right side up, but the moment she made the switch, it felt as natural as breathing.

Walking On Air
Walking On Air

Hop, Skip, and Jump

On your next trip to Ireland, you might want to try out the ancient past time of fairy hunting. Though fairies feature heavily in Celtic lore, many who hear the old legends these days don’t believe they’re real. If you’re more inclined to open your mind, however, you might find a tour guide or two who is willing to take you on a magical journey where you can capture a tiny fairy, right in the palm of your hand.

Hop, Skip, and Jump
Hop, Skip, and Jump

What a Dive!

When you are swimming in the sea and you end up picking up a sea urchin, you wouldn’t think too much about it. These fluffy sea creatures are pretty inconspicuous and are not going to cause too much trouble any time soon. However, when this person had their photo with the urchin in their hand, they realized something fascinating about the way it looked. It looks like a man diving into the water! Incredible stuff!

What a Dive!
What a Dive!

A Nose of a Job

When your life thrives on shocking others, you too might go to great lengths to instill fear in others’ hearts when they look at you. Even if it’s clear that Mimi has performed some job on herself, the idea begins to fall apart the more you examine the shape she created for herself, but that was exactly the point. Mimi’s in the game to fool people with her skills. After all, not all artists paint on canvas.

A Nose of a Job
A Nose of a Job

Dog Angel

Could you really say no to this adorable creature? Sure, we were convinced that he was standing on his hind legs too and spread his front ones open like a pair of angel wings. This dog also looks a lot like a teddy bear in this photo. At the end of the day though, he probably just wants some food from his owner. There is no denying though that this dog looks like he’s got a lot of talents from the way he’s positioned.

Dog Angel
Dog Angel

Swallow Your Pride

The helicopter began to approach the giant, who stood menacingly in its path. With one small gesture, he could have reached out his hand and plucked the machine from the sky, as if it were no more than a toy. The plan had to work, there was no other way to stop the giant from stomping through the country, crushing every being who dared to fall within the breadth of his enormous feet. The soldiers in the Air Force had to take this leap of faith.

Swallow Your Pride
Swallow Your Pride

Superman Escalates

Even superheroes need to take the Subway sometimes. It’s certainly not ideal, but it can get the job done, leave the hero undercover until the moment is right to reveal his true colors. Sometimes, however, they find that trouble has a way of following them around, and next thing they know, they’re jetting up an escalator in pursuit of a villain. Just when they thought it might be a quiet day, they’re suddenly in the thick of yet another fight.

Superman Escalates
Superman Escalates

Pigeonzilla

There are a lot of people out there who, for one reason or another, are terrified of birds. We’re not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s due to their unpredictably and a tendency to swoop in if you’re walking around with a sandwich. But what if you actually stumbled across a pigeon that was 10 times your size? This appeared to be the case in this photo when this guy was minding his own business. It’s easy to see though that it’s just an illusion.

Pigeonzilla
Pigeonzilla

Two Heads Are Better…

When we think of two-headed creatures, we might think of something from out of a fantasy story, like Harry Potter, for example. Imagine though if you had your very own dog that had two heads. In this photo, the illusion shows that this may have been the case, in a parallel universe! Obviously the owner has two dogs of the same breed and the way that they were standing together created the illusion.

Two Heads Are Better…
Two Heads Are Better…

An Inception to the Rule

Look into the mirror, deeply contemplating the mysteries that life holds. Look again, and don’t look back, as you cast a spell on your future self, and your past. Your vision starts to blur, then double, and suddenly you’re seeing an infinite world play out in front of you. Each world may have its own rules, or it may play by ours, but those far-off worlds still surrounding your every thought can never be touched, no matter how hard you try.

An Inception to the Rule
An Inception to the Rule

Horse Alien

Ever watched the movie Alien? You know the one where the Xenomorph opens its mouth and its tongue is simply another vicious head.  That’s what this appears to be like. Except, the Xenomporh in this photo happens to be a horse! Come on. Let’s face it, horses are some of the most gentle animals in the world and never could they be vicious in this sort of way. It’s clear that there is another horse on the side of this one, creating the illusion.

Horse Alien
Horse Alien

Dragon Dog to the Rescue!

Dogs may be the most miraculous creatures on Earth, earning this title both by being affectionately loyal and easy to train. After adopting these two pups, one owner would be surprised to discover that his furry friend had a special skill. Much like a dragon, he could breathe fire, but only when his tail was pulled just so. Suddenly, instead of just worrying that his furry friend would destroy shoes or other such items, he had to worry about his new baby burning down the house.

Dragon Dog to the Rescue!
Dragon Dog to the Rescue!

Barbie Girl in a Human World

Barbie was in for the shock of her life. When she awoke in the morning, she saw she was splayed out beside a box containing her friends and family. They were tiny and lifeless, their plastic limbs stuck at odd angles as they piled on top of one another. Barbie cradled Stacy in her hand, gently stroking her matted hair. She put a hand to her own head, noticing how much silkier it had become. It would be a strange day indeed.

Barbie Girl in a Human World
Barbie Girl in a Human World

Free Falling

There comes a time when every man stands on precipice, fearing that with one wrong step, the earth beneath their feet will crumble, and then they’ll suddenly find themselves, much like this man, clinging to the last scrap of a brick, hoping the world doesn’t begin to slip towards him. Despite the desperate situation this man has found himself in, he’s holding on to the hope that his fingers have the strength to cling on to that rock until rescue comes his way.

Free Falling
Free Falling

Crouching Tiger

The journey pressed on. With several children in tow, they were about to step onto the sacred ground of the lost tribes in the West. No matter what the sun beat down on their brows, the merry band went about exploring. As the heat continued to increase throughout the day, slowly the amateur explorers found themselves overcome by an odd phenomenon. Their bodies were melting together, but they had no clue how to stop the progress from overtaking all of them.

Crouching Tiger
Crouching Tiger

Nearly Headless Kick

Gymnasts have been long known to perform physical feats that the rest of us mortals could never even dream of performing, but the headless backbend is the new move to end all moves. As time has gone on, both gymnasts and figure skaters have had to figure out how to do increasingly impossible jumps and flips. In order to get a start on the competition, this gymnast came up with the headless jump. No one had ever seen it before, nor will they again.

Nearly Headless Kick
Nearly Headless Kick

It’s Not What it Looks Like

The eye often plays tricks on us and will often make us think that someone is doing something that they are not actually doing. Take this photo, for example. In the left image, we were convinced that the guy was sitting down and “doing his business,” but had no idea that someone was watching him, let alone taking a photo of him. As it turns out, he was simply sitting down with shorts on, playing with his phone.

It’s Not What it Looks Like
It’s Not What it Looks Like

Sitting On the Edge of the World

When one contemplates the world, it is often too big for a person to grasp in their mind’s eye. After all, how can one envision something as simple as sliding down the sides of a globe when we know we’re already anchored to the surface by gravity? One family wanted to find out and couldn’t help themselves when they found a great grass globe perched in the middle of a public square in France.

Sitting On the Edge of the World
Sitting On the Edge of the World

Parting the Sea

If you know anything about The Bible, you are probably family with the story about Moses leading the Hebrew people across the Red Sea and into the promised land. Apparently, he took his staff and made the sea part so that he and his people could pass through safely. That’s kind of what comes to mind when we look at this photo. It seems like the photographer had to take the photo at exactly the right moment when he stepped in the puddle.

Parting the Sea
Parting the Sea

Meditation Rotation

Many would agree that finding a bench to sit on after a stroll through the park is really the best way to relax and clear your head. Clearly this guy had that same idea in mind considering the super pensive expression plastered on his face. This park-goer is actually so deep in thought that he managed to rotate the entire planet. Talk about skilled! Still, we can’t help but wonder what exactly is on this man’s mind…

Meditation Rotation
Meditation Rotation

Hanging On for Dear Life

Let’s be real — this photo takes falling off a bicycle to a whole new level. With that being said, it makes sense as to why this guy looks like he’s holding on for dear life. We can only assume that the biker wasn’t expecting to fall into this kind of situation when he woke up that morning for his daily ride. Perhaps it would be easier to pull himself up if he just said goodbye to his bike altogether…

Hanging On for Dear Life
Hanging On for Dear Life

Gone in Sixty Seconds

We don’t know about you but this photo is literally keeping us on the edge of our seat…or wall, in this case. We’re not sure what’s more nerve-wracking — the fact that the guy is one slippery finger away from falling or the thought that the biker could topple over at any second. It’s no wonder why the gal to the left in the photo looks absolutely terrified. Still, she should probably help her friends out rather than just sitting there gasping…

Gone in Sixty Seconds
Gone in Sixty Seconds

Slight Change in Gravity

This guy was making his way across a brick bridge when he decided to shake things up a bit…literally. We can only assume that he used his special powers to slightly rotate the Earth in order to give himself a challenge as he continues on his journey. Of course, before he carries on, he decided to document the moment by taking this awesome photo. Let’s just hope other people are able to handle the change in gravity as much as this adventurer.

Slight Change in Gravity
Slight Change in Gravity

Not Your Typical Doggo

Sure — these people look a little shocked. Then again, you would be too if you saw a dog with magical powers. While you’re probably limited to only walking your pup in an upright position on the sidewalk, this doggo gives casual strolls a whole new meaning. We wonder if this pooch gives other dogs magic lessons because if he does, we’re totally signing ours up. Who wouldn’t want to have a pet as skilled as this one?

Not Your Typical Doggo
Not Your Typical Doggo

Living On the Edge

Oh, no! Looking at this photo gives us serious anxiety. It’s clear that these guys didn’t expect this to happen but — as much as we hate to say it — they were sort of asking for it by walking on the edge of a cliff. From what we can gather, though, they’re both adrenaline junkies. In any case, let’s just hope that this situation didn’t end the way the photo leads us to believe.

Living On the Edge
Living On the Edge

The Power of Art

Correct us if we’re wrong but with just one glance at this masterpiece, you feel like you’ve been transported into a completely different dimension — an alternate universe if you will. And that, our friends, is what the people call the power of art. Whether the artist behind the piece dreamt this vision in her sleep or simply found inspiration around her, there’s no denying that it gives the viewer a whole different perspective on the world.

The Power of Art
The Power of Art

Flipping Things Up

We think we’ve figured out what happened here. This guy was making his way through the park to get to work when he decided to switch — or flip — things up a bit. While riding your bicycle on the sidewalk is definitely nice, it can probably get pretty boring if you’re taking the same route everyday. With that being said, we understand why this biker decided to get creative during his bike ride to the office.

Flipping Things Up
Flipping Things Up

Give Me a Lift

How cute are these two lovebirds?! This lady wanted to get a better view of where they were but couldn’t do it on her own so she asked her hubby to give her a little lift — and that he did! She was clearly in awe as she checked out their surroundings, and naturally, her partner was thrilled to see her reaction. Wherever they are, it’s evidently clear that this particular place is a beautiful one.

Give Me a Lift
Give Me a Lift

Water Works

We’d be lying if we said this photo didn’t give us some serious feelings. Not only are we in awe of the beauty in the picture but we’re also in absolute shock that this guy is somehow levitating above a massive body of water. Still, perhaps he shouldn’t have worn a suit considering that he could lose focus at any second and fall straight into the lake — and who wants to ruin a perfectly good suit?

Water Works
Water Works

Sideways Fun

There are two types of people — those that love to run and those who don’t. While these may be friends, it’s clear what kind of person each one of them is. Still, the dude in the plaid shirt wanted to motivate his pal so he decided to add some fun to the workout by turning things sideways…because why not? Although he thought it was a good idea, it looks like his friend doesn’t really think so.

Sideways Fun
Sideways Fun

Transforming His Surroundings

What would you do if you had the ability to play with your surroundings? After one look at this photo, it’s clear that the businessman seen here has figured out how to transform nature into something that he sees it. In this case, he turned this one mountain on its side in order to have a place to sit that wasn’t the street. All that we can hope is that no one was on the road when this guy made the change in gravity.

Transforming His Surroundings
Transforming His Surroundings

Choo Choo, All Aboard!

Just by looking at the expression plastered on this guy’s face, it’s clear that he has certain powers that not many people really possess, or even know about. Not only is he standing in an upright position as the train speeds from station to station but he also made sure the tracks were strong enough to even hold the train in place after manipulating the gravitational force. We just hope that he did all of this for more than the photo…

Choo Choo, All Aboard!
Choo Choo, All Aboard!

Walking Through Water

Forget the fact that this whole group of people can effortlessly walk through water. What’s even more impressive is that one of them can multi-task by playing the trumpet as he emerges from the pool. While this photo is truly a piece of art — giving us all a different perspective than what we’re used to — we can’t help but wonder what song the musician is playing. Then again, judging from the quality of this masterpiece, we can assume he’s playing something just as good.

Walking Through Water
Walking Through Water

A New Hangout Spot

From what we can gather, it seems like these two friends simply got tired of their usual hangout spot and decided to find a different one instead. Of course, they wanted to keep the pavement that they physically sit on but that doesn’t mean that they should spice up the view just a tad. What we’re left wondering is how long it’ll take these friends to get tired of this spot before moving onto their next.

A New Hangout Spot
A New Hangout Spot

Stand On Me

Keeping up with your work out is no easy task. It becomes especially difficult when you find that you may be strong, but you’re entirely inflexible, while your smaller friends are infinitely more flexible, but they aren’t nearly as strong. As your training wears on, you begin to realize that one without the other gets you nowhere. It’s time to switch things up, but those changes don’t come easily, only digging deep and relying on your friends will help you now.

Stand On Me
Stand On Me

Are You Lion To Me?

Just like a pet dog always needs to get out each day for several walks, anyone with a pet lion would know that they aren’t like other house cats. First of all, they require much longer walks, just like they require more food. Second, they also still need a private place to do their business, unlike dogs who choose which spot is theirs as they go. You might be inclined to run from a lion on the street, but if they’re on a leash, don’t worry.

Are You Lion To Me
Are You Lion To Me

Mirror Mirror On the Grass

As many times as you may ask your magic mirror to show you who the fairest in the land is, sometimes magic gets it wrong. At least, that’s what you can tell yourself if you’re an evil queen who doesn’t want to find any rivals. Then again, if you don’t see your reflection in the mirror, you might be a vampire. The girl pictured below wanted to test out her magic mirror’s strength, but in the end, realized that it was a vain pursuit.

Mirror Mirror On the Grass
Mirror Mirror On the Grass

Bend and Snap

You may be surprised to learn just how flexible yoga can make you, but you can take these two girls as proof that humans can fold their bodies in ways you’ve never imagined. It seems like these two women have been practicing their moves for years now. It takes years of hard work, practice, and persistence to get to this level of flexibility. The illusion created by their position is just an incredible bonus.

Bend and Snap
Bend and Snap

Floating On a Cloud

If you’ve read the Harry Potter books, you might have come to think that levitation is one of the simplest spells there is to master. After all, it’s one of the first charms the impressionable young wizards learn. It would seem from this picture that there’s some truth to the simplicity of levitation, as this woman managed to levitate an elephant statue before performing the same charm on herself in order to capture the photo from the perfect angle.

Floating On a Cloud
Floating On a Cloud