What way does the dancer spin?

This has probably been all over the internet before reaching me, but it’s still something I wasted spent a lot of time trying to figure out today. Take a look at this picture of a dancer:

Which way is she spinning for you? Clockwise or anti-clockwise? There is no correct answer.

Depending on which way you see her spin tells you which side of your brain is most dominant. If you see her spinning clockwise then the right side of your brain is used most and vice versa.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

Click the spoiler below if you wanna figure out how to make her switch directions 🙂

The trick? If you think about which is the front of the dancer, you can get her to spin both ways without blinking.

This image shows what I mean:

The shadow could be of the front or the back of the dancer, depending which way you perceive it.

Neat huh? So do you see clockwise or anti-clockwise?

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  1. Smallfry says:


  2. D.Devil says:

    I can have her spin any way I want, I just have to concentrate for a few seconds while looking at her feet. This proves that I'm a superior human being.

  3. zet says:

    Why is there no correct answer? What about shadow?

  4. Liefje says:

    she does spin both ways. What might help is if u see her going clockwise, perhaps do some math for a while then come back and she'll be going counter-clockwise. If shes going CCW, then look at some pictures for a while and go back and she'll be going CW 🙂

  5. zet says:

    Yes, but I'm not talking about the silhouette but its shadow.

  6. Liefje says:

    the shadow direction is also based on your perception 🙂

  7. zet says:

    No, shadow direction is clear. Question is what light position and dancer rotation would make it. I still can't find light position making a shadow like this (well, maybe it even isnt a shadow) for clockwise rotation (with dancer jumping or not). You can?

  8. Liefje says:

    hhaha yeah when I look now I can see the dancer going clockwise but the shadow going anti-clockwise.

  9. roflsaurus says:

    Well, la di frickin da!

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