The Magical Porta Potty

A series of epic surprises emerge from what appears to be a normal porta potty.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For our latest mission, we staged a series of surprises at the porta potty area of the Governors Ball music festival in New York. When random concertgoers opened our “magical” porta potty, they were surprised by a ridiculous number of performers streaming out of the door.

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Groundskeeper Acrobats

It’s a normal day at Bryant Park, until the groundskeepers start doing flips.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, six groundskeepers tending to the Bryant Park lawn suddenly transformed into tumblers and acrobats, surprising everyone in the park with an unexpected routine. After their brief performance ended, the groundskeepers immediately went back to their lawn work.

We worked with Bryant Park to stage this mission right before the opening of the lawn for the season. The new lawn is now open to everyone, but right before the rope was taken down, we had the opportunity to stage this surprise.

This project was a collaboration with YouTube’s new Field Day channel. Check out our video on the Field Day channel that features parts of this mission as well as two upcoming missions we’ll be releasing later this summer.

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Pizza Party Train

Surprise Pizza Delivery to a Random Subway Car!

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, we delivered 20 pizzas to a random subway car. Two men posing as MTA officials told passengers that their specific E-train car was determined to be the most courteous car in the entire system, and in recognition of their good behavior they were being rewarded with a pizza party. When the train pulled into the next station, eight pizza guys entered, delivering 20 pizzas in warming bags.

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April Fools Past

We’re taking a break from April Fools this year for a few reasons. The main reason is that the space has gotten so crowded; every brand in the world releases an April Fools video now. It’s near impossible to actually fool anyone online like it once was. Also, it’s my wife’s birthday, and it’s nice to not be glued to a computer all day releasing a video. Anyway, to celebrate the date, here’s a look at our history of April Fools hoax projects over the years.

Spider-Man In Real Life (2014)

On the heels of our popular Movies In Real Life series, we released an additional episode on April 1. We made it seem like we had pulled off a very dangerous Spider-Man stunt, but it was actually all special effects and actors acting surprised.

Reverse Times Square (2013)

While dangerous, we probably could recruit a couple of thousand people to walk backwards in Times Square, but it was much easier just to have just a few people walk backwards and then reverse the footage. We actually did a bit of reverse walking in our Mp3 Experiment later that year, in a less traffic-filled location. Anyone who watches to the end of the video should get that it’s a joke… but it continues to fool less observant folks. People will often tell me in person that they saw this video and thought it was amazing. I just smile and say thank you.
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Beer! The Musical!

A musical breaks out in a beer hall, much to the surprise of the bar patrons:

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Song by Scott Brown and Anthony King

In the latest installment in our Musicals in Real Life series, a seemingly spontaneous musical breaks out in a New York City beer hall, surprising patrons. One by one actors posing as customers and employees of the bar burst into song to help one man choose the right beer for his date. This project was a collaboration with the NY State Brewers Association and took place at Houston Hall in Manhattan.

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