@jbrownridge kindly sent me this and it is wonderful.  So clever on so many levels, especially the switch and use of the Polaroid camera!

Do you like it?

36 comments

  1. I hope it was explained that they were tricked! I can imagine that kind of thing triggering a psychotic episode. I’m losing my mind!

  2. I love the look on peoples faces!! Then when they don’t want to hand over the camera, then the two guys show that they are the ones in the picture!! I’d think i was losing my mind!

  3. Nice ! The old mens have to be sportive too…
    Unfortuneately the half of the video is hidden behind a text window.

  4. Beautifully constructed. I love effects that only exist in the spectator’s mind. There’s nothing odd for them to hang onto except their insistent memory that things were totally different when they started.

    Extreme cognitive dissonance!

  5. I think this is one of the best prank clips I’ve seen. Certainly a lot more creative than just making people jump and babies cry by having things pop out at them.

  6. I would find this super disturbing. It totally plays on my fear of suddenly finding myself in some alternate universe almost–but not exactly–like this one.

  7. I once saw this candid camera on german tv (probably over 10 years ago) that I never quite worked out, I’ve tried to find it again on the internet but so far no luck…

    it goes something like this

    2 construction workers at a site, one gets the attention of a person walking by (the candid camera “victim”) and walks closer until he sinks away completely in a small puddle of water. The passerby of course calls the other construction worker, but he says he’s there alone, that there is no one else, and while doing this he casually walks in that same small puddle of water, but this time nothing happens…

  8. Enjoyed watching this trick- it made me laugh. Didn’t turn the speakers on so didn’t have to listen to the canned laughter that annoyed others!

  9. “Just For Laughs Gags” I’m proud to say is a Canadian show out of Montreal and they’re always doing fab stunts like that. Best part is there’s never any dialog, so it’s syndicated in countries though-out the world since language is no barrier.

  10. Oh dear. I’m being slow. How do they manage to switch the camera? The victim clearly takes a picture of the girls, but when s/he checks the camera afterwards, the photo is of the men. What am I missing? (You can tell I’d be easy to fool with a trick like this!)

    1. I would assume that the camera is a fake. It doesn’t actually take a picture, but instead spits one out that was pre-printed and placed in the camera before hand.

  11. I wonder if one could rig a digital camera to do the same thing. I would be a little suspicious of being handed a Polaroid camera by two twentysomethings these days.

  12. I get the effect they’re referencing, but all the people look baffled which is actually contradicting the theory, isn’t it? I mean they are just being nice to two strangers and they trust the photos, but they’re noticing the switch.

  13. Derren Brown did a version of this in one of his TV specials where he would ask someone for directions whilst holding a map. Then two people carrying a large sign would walk between them and the switch would be made. Since the person was focusing on the map they would not notice that they were now giving directions to a completely different person.

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