You have a high IQ if you can spot all nine faces in this optical illusion in 23 seconds

YOU have a high IQ if you can recognize all nine faces in this mind-blowing puzzle in just 23 seconds.

“The General’s Family” by Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo is considered one of the most popular optical illusions of all time.

There are nine faces hidden in this amazing optical illusion


There are nine faces hidden in this amazing optical illusionPhoto credit: The Minds Journal

The stunning image shows a confusing outdoor scene with a dark wall and a mysterious situation unfolding in front of it.

The contrasting colors and shapes are meant to play tricks on your mind – but don’t let them distract you from the challenge ahead.

The image shows an orange sky and a cobbled path – an elderly man and a mother appear to be standing in the middle.

However, because all the shapes and colors merge together, this painting creates a tricky optical illusion that we challenge you to solve.

The nine faces are scattered in different areas of the photo and you’ll need razor-sharp eyesight to spot them all in time.

As with most of Octavio Ocampo’s paintings, it is actually a series of well-placed people, objects and shadows that make this painting so breathtaking.

Optical illusions are becoming a popular daily activity for those who want to test not only their eyesight but also their brain power.

However, don’t worry if you are having difficulty because we have the solution below.

If you look at the center of the picture, you can see four of the nine faces.

One is significantly larger than the other three.

Then if you look in the top left corner you will see four more faces in the empty space around the wall and in the sky.

The final face is on the far right between the arch and the statue.

But if this puzzle was too easy – or too hard – for you, then why not try these fun games?

Test your 20/20 vision by seeing if you can find the hidden disco ball in this illusion in under 10 seconds.

For more tricky teasers, find out why if you can spot the owl and the frog, you’ll be in the top 5% of the population.

Or see if you have the eyes of a hawk if you can find the acorn in the leaves.

These are all nine faces you should have recognized


These are all nine faces you should have recognizedPhoto credit: The Minds Journal

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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