Amazing papercraft dinosaur optical illusion – you must watch this video!

Illusional paper craft - optical dinosaur

Optical illusionist Brusspup is back on YouTube with yet another amazing visual trick. This time you’ll swear this papercraft T-Rex dinosaur is looking directly at YOU!

Stare-o-saurus Papercraft

What did you think of Brusspup’s playful piece of papercraft? It’s like this cute paper T-Rex dinosaur is actually possessed and can follow your every move around the room. Bit of a mind bender, even when you discover the video’s secret at the 1:33 mark.

Little wonder then, that this ingenious and entertaining YouTube video has already been watched by over 2.3 million people in less than 5 days.

Here’s what just a small selection of viewers have been saying about the latest Brusspup optical illusion on YouTube:

“It’s called a hollow-face illusion.” –Cardinal8910

“I want one for my desk at work!” –djflatline86

“That’s creepy as hell.” –Holeson36

“I always feel like, somebody’s watching me. And I have no privacy, ohhhh woahhh.” –Jxudo

“Your eyes can lie to you, don’t always trust them.” –Michael Wilson

“That’s super awesome! My brain is exploding now.” –Michelle Taylor

“Brilliant illusion and really simple. Very very cool.” –Mike Parsons

“Thought it was CG. Cardboard – mind blown.” –Shawn Driscoll

How It’s Made

Brusspup papercraft dinosaur optical illusion

“This video is based on the famous dragon illusion which was inspired by Jerry Andrus,” says Brusspup. “Another thing I’ve always wanted to try was to have a large version. The original file was about 9ft x 9ft. I had to split the image into four files so the printer at my local print shop could print it. I traced all of the pieces on cardboard, which I used to build a support structure for the prints. I used small pieces of cardboard and hot glue to make the structure really solid.”

“One problem that I had was that the paper for the large dinosaur was really shiny,” Brusspup adds. “So if you look closely you can see the reflection of the eyes on the ‘top’ and side panels. I bought some matte spray to try and minimise the reflections. It worked a little. Over all I was happy with the results.”

Opticalmus Prime

Brussup has also created lots of other incredible optical illusions on his popular YouTube channel, including:

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions

Pac-Man Illusion

Swimming Pool Illusion


  1. Very clever, i’m pleased it was explained to me how this illusion works, it would have puzzled me for hours.

  2. I remember his Rubix cube from awhile back – great lesson for all marketers, you don’t need to build the world to make an impact, just make what you have count!

  3. These are incredible, my boyfriend showed me this video the other day and neither of us had a clue how it had been done 🙂

  4. I think this is just brilliant. Such a simple illusion but even when you see how its done it doesnt take any of the pleasure away from it at all.

  5. Love this papercraft dinosaur, really good quality, love the colour and brilliant that it looks like it is moving. I work as a nanny and the kids would love this, would look great in the office too!

  6. These are awesome, the dinosaur is just so cute, and the shoe is just wow. I like how they are shown from different angles, amazing work.

  7. Very clever! It was hard to figure out what was actually occurring at first. The Anamorphic Illusions are exceptionally good as well.

  8. The dinosaur is so clever, it looks amazing. I also love the illusion of the items on the desk, they look so real that you cannot imagine that any trick is being played on your eyes

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