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Mirror prank. (YouTube, SFW)
posted by loquacious (43 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Heh, nice. Wasn't this prank the story line on some crime myster show? Jonathon Creek, maybe?
posted by Jimbob at 9:20 PM on October 16, 2007


To much shpeegle.
posted by nola at 9:20 PM on October 16, 2007


Those Germans are caraaazay!
posted by spec80 at 9:21 PM on October 16, 2007


If this prank was pulled on me, I'd likely freak out in a vampiric rage. I wonder how I'd be prosecuted?
posted by item at 9:23 PM on October 16, 2007


LOLKRAUTS
posted by Poolio at 9:27 PM on October 16, 2007


Pool prank.

Those wacky Germans
posted by Bletch at 9:31 PM on October 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


From the original mirror prank.
posted by marvin at 9:48 PM on October 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


From the comments:
Ja, bin ich ein vampir, warum, das problem? :@)
Why is German so funny to me?!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:50 PM on October 16, 2007


From the original mirror prank.

The second-best mirror prank.

posted by flatluigi at 9:57 PM on October 16, 2007


Bletch: at least that pool prank only traps young girls with bouncing breasts. Strange, but fascinating.
posted by anthill at 9:57 PM on October 16, 2007


What would have been extremely cool is if they got a fuck-off scary demon to appear in the "mirror" 30 seconds after they realise they have no reflection. Like Darkness from Legend.

European candid camera shows are not scared to pull that kind of heart attack inducing stunt.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 10:01 PM on October 16, 2007 [3 favorites]


also this
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 10:48 PM on October 16, 2007


also this

Oh, holy shit that would freak me out.

There's a classic Halloween prank in which one sits (costumed and still) amongst some similarly costumed dummies and scare the beejezus out of small children - but you're kind of expecting pranks like that on Halloween.

Some random mall elevator? Get me the fuck out of there. I'd crawl out the roof hatch if I had to. I'm already freaked out enough being in a mall in the first place.
posted by loquacious at 11:04 PM on October 16, 2007


German TV is the best way to YouTube, because the video title doesn't give away what you're about to see.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:10 PM on October 16, 2007


Sorry to get all racist on your asses, but Americans don't know how to take a joke, and Dillonlikescookies' link proves it. How cool were those birds when the mannequin started moving? Americans would be straight on the phone to their lawyer demanding freeeee money for angst caused and, erm, the ensuing eating disorder. :-)

Two others that spring to mind from European candid camera shows.

** Some unlucky mugs "won" a helicopter joy ride. But it turned out to be the helicopter stunt ride from hell. You should have seen the peoples' faces. Pure terror. Including a poor young boy aged maybe 13.

** A celebrity candid camera where some bird is in a plane and the pilot passes out. She's basically dead and she knows it. She took it extremely well when it turned out to be a hoax. Amazingly well.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 12:23 AM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Relax with the anti-American bullshit, uncanny hengeman. As if the elevator prank couldn't be done in the USA. In that same video you get one guy who turns into a panty-wetting schoolgirl from fear and a man who seems to threaten the sneezing guy with violence.

So, yeah, more extreme prank shows here would be fun, but that's all that's left of your point.

Asshole.
posted by redteam at 12:40 AM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


How cool were those birds when the mannequin started moving? Americans would be straight on the phone to their lawyer demanding freeeee money for angst caused and, erm, the ensuing eating disorder. :-)

I wouldn't sue. The only eating disorder I'd have would be the one where I wig the fuck out and eat the brains of that freaky plastic dude in self-defense.

Shit, man, this is America. Not only are there still wide-open spaces with things like, oh, fuckin' bears, alligators or cougars - but the urban landscape and local fauna is pretty damn wild and toothy, too. Namely, the humans. Goddamn weirdos. STAY AWAY FROM MY STUFF.

You say we're prone to violence, that - at best - we're cowboys. I say we're prone to quick reaction times and strong instincts honed by evolution.
posted by loquacious at 1:22 AM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


"What would have been extremely cool is if they got a fuck-off scary demon to appear in the "mirror" 30 seconds after they realise they have no reflection"

like this
posted by FidelDonson at 1:23 AM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Ich bin unsichtbar.

Those Americans sure can take a joke!
posted by asok at 1:45 AM on October 17, 2007


Loquacious' Halloween prank and quick reaction time.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:53 AM on October 17, 2007 [3 favorites]


Loquacious' Halloween prank and quick reaction time.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh... *wheezes* Ok, that's not that funny, but I'm an idiot and I can't stop laughing. Give me a second.

*finishes reviewing video, composes self*

Note that the rapid reaction time also applies to the just how quickly he realizes how badly he screwed up, to how quickly he begins running - and apologizing from a safe distance before returning and attempting to help. It all unfolds very rapidly.

A similar sequence of events can be seen here. Note that both videos feature bitches getting knocked the fuck out.

The moral of the story? Don't prod, annoy, startle or otherwise prank Americans. But, of course, we probably all already knew that. Ahem.
posted by loquacious at 2:06 AM on October 17, 2007


Germans? Americans? Who cares, let's all calm the fuck down and watch Agent Mulder shake his ass.
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 2:50 AM on October 17, 2007


The last prank in the elevator is my favourite the reactions of the unsuspecting victims is the best especially the old woman and then the last couple.
posted by electricinca at 3:02 AM on October 17, 2007


I say we're prone to quick reaction times and strong instincts honed by evolution.

American kids honing their instincts.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:34 AM on October 17, 2007


Peter, the lettering on the sign in the background of your fat kid pic, does not look like English to me. And as us yanks are all monolingual, that kid must be a fat furrner.
posted by bashos_frog at 4:09 AM on October 17, 2007


And as an aside, I was filmed for a German prank show once - in NYC. No leaf-covered pits, just some chick with her clothes painted on, taking a seat next to me, and chatting with the bartender, at a bar on 9th st.

I tried to play it cool, but a filled-to-the-brim martini is not the best drink to have in such a situation. My lack of fine motor skills gave me away.
posted by bashos_frog at 4:18 AM on October 17, 2007


Wait, when did American become a race?
posted by Dagobert at 4:23 AM on October 17, 2007


The pool gag would be funnier if it was filled with acid.
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:09 AM on October 17, 2007


"A celebrity candid camera where some bird is in a plane and the pilot passes out. She's basically dead and she knows it. She took it extremely well when it turned out to be a hoax. Amazingly well."

The woman in question is Italian TV presenter and model Alessia Marcuzzi. If you can find the vid it's worth watching.
posted by hnnrs at 5:21 AM on October 17, 2007


I haven't got the reaction times of these guys, but the burn would boil over in about thirty seconds and then there'd be some dismay on the set. If y'all prod me for a reaction, y'all gonna get one.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:32 AM on October 17, 2007


Guten Tag liebe Kunden,

der kleine uncanny hengeman und der kleine redteam haben sich gegenseitig angepisst und möchten in der blauen Abteilung SOFORT abgeholt werden.

Danke!
posted by chillmost at 6:14 AM on October 17, 2007


Was one of those women Candace Hilligoss?
posted by bovious at 6:28 AM on October 17, 2007


I thought everyone knew that when it comes to pranks you can't beat the Japanese.
posted by Sailormom at 6:58 AM on October 17, 2007 [4 favorites]


Man, this whole damn thread has made my day.
posted by piratebowling at 7:10 AM on October 17, 2007


The woman who keeps taking off and putting on her glasses, and then muses that she must be from another planet, really makes the mirror prank clip.

also this

The last part is the best. Especially with the old woman who's really freaking out—"I'm not blind yet!" Of course, if the last thing I heard someone say before he disappeared was "Lieber Gott!" then I'd probably be freaking out too.
posted by oaf at 7:21 AM on October 17, 2007


I'm with piratebowling - wonderfully entertaining post and links - thanks.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 9:15 AM on October 17, 2007


I'm one of those slow-to-react people that would totally be beaten and devoured by zombies on the very first day post-apocalypse, but the Halloween prank clip had me laughing until I was crying.

Thanks for the great thread!
posted by misha at 9:33 AM on October 17, 2007


Exhibit A against the case of 'the wisdom of crowds':

Current top comment at youtube: BITCH GOT RUDE TITTIES fgdfgsfgdfhdfg
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:51 AM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


damn dirty ape, that just made my life
signed,
Ray Smuckles
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:59 PM on October 17, 2007


Anybody know how they did the mirror prank? Light-bending spray on the prankee as they come into the bathroom?
posted by sneebler at 6:51 AM on October 18, 2007


It's a pair of twins. If you watch closely they aren't completely coordinated, but they're damn good at it.
posted by oaf at 7:29 AM on October 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm guessing the producers built an identical mirror image room on the other side of the glass and, of course, used the twins. If you watch carefully, you'll notice any large motion instigated by the twin with her back to the camera is made with slightly unusual deliberation.
posted by bz at 8:06 AM on October 18, 2007


It's a pair of twins.

*slaps cheek, jaw agape*
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:43 AM on October 20, 2007


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