I want you to believe I can fly.
An artist in the Netherlands named Floris Kaayk pretended he was "Jarno Smeets" and had invented a set of wings that enabled him to fly like a bird.
Despite eight months of realistic-seeming buildup, with documentary video evidence, when the final flight video was released, many were skeptical.
It didn't help that experts in computer graphics at places like Industrial Light & Magic examined the video and offered detailed reasons why it couldn't be real and looked like CGI.
Only a few days after the birdman flight video appeared, Mr. Kaayk admitted it was a fake.
Flying like a bird | part 14/14
This isn't his first hoax. In 2006, Mt. Kaayk created a fake documentary about medical implants that take over bodies.
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Skeptics cheer that a fake is so easily debunked, but others might have the opposite reaction - if we can make things look so real, couldn't many things we think are real actually be artfully produced fakes?
(So who wins this one - skeptics, or conspiracy theorists?)
- ‘Bird Man’ Hoaxster Comes Clean on Dutch Television, Wired>>
- CGI Experts Say Flying Bird Man Is Fake (Update 2), Gizmodo>>