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A&M’s Manziel A Trick Shot Artist, Too?

Is there anything Johnny Football can’t do?  If you watch this video, apparently not:

 

Johnny Football Edition | Dude Perfect

 

As someone who’s spent the last 20 years in the television industry I’ve come to be skeptical of online videos that look too good to be true.  And this online video looks too good to be true.

Back during the days of the old David Copperfield magic shows on network television, someone at a station I worked at would tape the specials and then go through the “tricks” frame-by-frame.  When they did so, they found edits.  Lots of them.  Quick edit points — unnoticeable at full speed to the naked eye — used to create the illusions.  That was in the 1990s.  With the video, graphic, and animation packages now available to everyone for home use, creating fake “amazing” videos is even easier. 

But “Dude Perfect” — the group of Texas A&M’ers behind this video of Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel — have become celebrities with their trick shot videos.  So perhaps this isn’t trick photography.  Perhaps they and Manziel really can throw footballs through basketball hoops from the tops of stadiums.  And perhaps Dude Perfect can really make trick shots from a blimp.  After all, they’ve appeared on all sorts of national television shows and been given the stamp of approval by thousands and thousands of online viewers.

Of course, Copperfield was a pretty big celebrity, too.

But even if the video above has been doctored, it still shows Manziel to be pretty affable chap.  And it’s not the kind of Heisman-candidate hoax that would, say, lead to two weeks of news coverage if discovered, either.

 


5 comments
alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

it's not doctored.  that was proven back in 2009.  they have youtube videos of them trying and missing the shots several times.  also, would companies actually sponsor them (Dude Perfect, not Johnny) if they were fake?  plently of eye witnesses will tell you it's real, whether you want to believe it or not.

kentatm
kentatm

those dudes are legit.  you just dont see all the times they attempt the shots and miss.  its no different than being a kid trying to make a full court shot at the gym.  you'll miss 50 of them but eventually you'll hit 1.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Yeah, it could all be faked, but hitting hand held skeet with footballs is very possible (my cousin used to shoot machine thrown skeet with a .22 rifle, and could hit 17 out of 20 reliably). You ask him how he was able to do that, and he'd show you empty boxes for 500 .22 rounds in his trash bins, and the answer was, "lots of practice." Hitting the balloons off the goal post is pretty plausible, the rest, who knows, but it is fun to watch.

travy
travy

anything shot with a locked down camera is suspect

Clarence
Clarence

The secret is how many retakes does each shot take?  With Johnny Football, not too many.

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