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.
This¬†Photoshop¬†prank, reminding of both ‘Candid Camera’¬†and ‘Mission: Impossible’, took place in Finland as part of a promotion for¬†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 tremendous¬†power of Photoshop¬†‚ÄĒ which probably is the best piece of software ever written ‚ÄĒ they’re preaching to the choir.
YouTube is full of numerous pranks which came both from famous companies and ordinary people. Thus, the¬†Kennedy High School graduate who uploaded a video of the July 27 stunt on YouTube titled ‚ÄúFake Celebrity Pranks New York City.‚ÄĚ
Cohen later revealed that he and a pal, Edward Sturm, 23, thought out the plan about three months before it became reality.
‚ÄúThe idea was, ‚ÄėI bet if we walked through with bodyguards and photographers, people would go nuts,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Cohen told reporters. ‚ÄúAnd that‚Äôs exactly what happened.‚ÄĚ
The video begins starring Cohen wandering around Times Square during the day in a T-shirt and gym shorts, looking like a regular Joe, reports¬†The New York Daily News.
‚ÄúMy whole life, I‚Äôve always wondered what it would be like to be famous,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äėfake celebrity‚Äô later confessed that the he recruited though Craigslist were telling everybody that a ‚Äúbig star‚ÄĚ was inside, but didn‚Äôt say who he was or what he did.
Cohen‚Äôs Times Square show attracted dozens of dopey bystanders, who gathered and asked to take photos with the baby-faced prankster.
‚ÄúUh, was he Spiderman?‚ÄĚ one person asks. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a very good actor.‚ÄĚ Another citizen says he liked Cohen‚Äôs first single on the radio. ‚ÄúI just took a picture with him, I feel special,‚ÄĚ he says.
Later, another hoodwinked rube gushes, ‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs excellent, I think he‚Äôs absolutely awesome, I think he‚Äôs got a great future in the movie business.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe only thing I told people to say was my name,‚ÄĚ Cohen said. ‚ÄúWe really wanted people to come up with their own answer.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI had to pretend it was normal, but it was insane,‚ÄĚ he continued. ‚Äú(The crowd) kept getting bigger and bigger‚Ä¶It was hard to keep a straight face the whole time.‚ÄĚ
SUNY New Paltz student, who lives in Bellmore, estimated he took 300 pictures during the three-hour stunt.
‚ÄúI got a taste of fame, and it was good, but it‚Äôs not something I would want as part of my everyday life,‚ÄĚ he concluded.