A levitating magician fooled people in London this week when he performed a stunt that had him hovering next to a double-decker bus, but now, thanks to a crowdsourcing news site, the trick has been unveiled as an illusion.
The stunt was part of a Pepsi Max commercial, and magician Steven Frayne (who goes by his stage name Dynamo) had Londoners stunned and staring as he appeared to levitate next to a bus as it drove down the street.
"It was one of those crazy things. I threw out the idea to Pepsi and they loved it and then a couple of days later we were doing it," Dynamo told the Daily Mail
. "The people on the ground were going crazy. And all the people on the bus as well. All I could see was a row of camera phones pointed me."
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But critics were quick to uncover how Dynamo performed the levitating stunt.
A report on News.com.au claims that Dynamo is fastened to a prosthetic arm
that is supporting his weight.
"The arm is in fact a metal pole that has been fastened to the bus and is supporting Dynamo's weight while he holds on. Dynamo's real arm is in tucked inside his chest," read a report on the Australian news site Wednesday, along with the photo allegedly showing a fake arm that was used in the Pepsi Max ad.
The site also notes that Johan Lorbeer, a German street performer, has been using prosthetics to "hang off walls in all sorts of impossible locations, including the sides of street buildings and shop facades since 2002."
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