Have a look at the incredible reactions of the people who are secretly photographed while waiting for a bus, and then via Photoshop took amusing positions and implied relationships.
The whole action is a part of a “street retouch” stunt by Adobe, featuring quick-draw Photoshop master Erik Johansson, Mashable reports.
ThisÂ PhotoshopÂ prank, reminding of both ‘Candid Camera’Â and ‘Mission: Impossible’, took place in Finland as part of a promotion forÂ Adobe Creative Days, to be presented live online beginning June 11.
The main aim of the company was to highlight Photoshop’s magic, but if its stellar PR people are trying to convince people of the tremendousÂ power of PhotoshopÂ â which probably is the best piece of software ever written â they’re preaching to the choir.
YouTube is full of numerous pranks which came both from famous companies and ordinary people. Thus, theÂ Kennedy High School graduate who uploaded a video of the July 27 stunt on YouTube titled âFake Celebrity Pranks New York City.â
Cohen later revealed that he and a pal, Edward Sturm, 23, thought out the plan about three months before it became reality.
âThe idea was, âI bet if we walked through with bodyguards and photographers, people would go nuts,ââ Cohen told reporters. âAnd thatâs exactly what happened.â
The video begins starring Cohen wandering around Times Square during the day in a T-shirt and gym shorts, looking like a regular Joe, reportsÂ The New York Daily News.
âMy whole life, Iâve always wondered what it would be like to be famous,â Cohen muses in a voiceover.
Soon after he found with slicked-up tresses, faux-glam shades and a fresh tan, accompanied by two bodyguards and several planted shutterbugs snapping away.
The âfake celebrityâ later confessed that the he recruited though Craigslist were telling everybody that a âbig starâ was inside, but didnât say who he was or what he did.
Cohenâs Times Square show attracted dozens of dopey bystanders, who gathered and asked to take photos with the baby-faced prankster.
âUh, was he Spiderman?â one person asks. âHeâs a very good actor.â Another citizen says he liked Cohenâs first single on the radio. âI just took a picture with him, I feel special,â he says.
Later, another hoodwinked rube gushes, âI think heâs excellent, I think heâs absolutely awesome, I think heâs got a great future in the movie business.â
âThe only thing I told people to say was my name,â Cohen said. âWe really wanted people to come up with their own answer.â
âI had to pretend it was normal, but it was insane,â he continued. â(The crowd) kept getting bigger and biggerâŚIt was hard to keep a straight face the whole time.â
SUNY New Paltz student, who lives in Bellmore, estimated he took 300 pictures during the three-hour stunt.
âI got a taste of fame, and it was good, but itâs not something I would want as part of my everyday life,â he concluded.