This Staircase Optical Illusion's Hurting My Brain After Watching It 20 Times (And I'm Still Confused)

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Throughout the years, we've given you some hilarious (and confusing) optical illusions. And, upon looking at these things, there's a good chance that you probably laughed — after all, they're supposed to be funny. Well, we've got a new staircase optical illusion that will just make you mad, because I've watched this video a good 20 times and still have no idea if it's real, fake or I'm just an idiot.

Posted by former NBA superstar, Basketball Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal, take a peek at this optical illusion and tell me if you can figure it out. Seriously, you're going to need to carve out a good 10 minutes or so to fully understand what the hell's even going on in the video.

So, what do you guys think? Real? Fake? Do you join me in the idiot club and have zero clue what's even going on? There are a lot of theories out there based off of comments on Shaq Oneal's Instagram post, with people blatantly calling it fake, others agreeing that it, "makes my head hurt," and one person going all in my trying to offer a reason, saying, "if this was real, the second video would show her back next to him after the second staircase."

Optical illusions are always fun to look at and overthink — so this one is no exception. However, considering I'm actually pissed off with myself for not being able to tell if this is real or fake makes me frustrated AF. Like, this can't be real, right?

Oh well, for now, I'll just keep looking at the video and see if there's anything I can find that answers that question. Good luck trying to figure out for yourselves, too.

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