If awards were given for social media pranks and challenges, a San Antonio family would clean house.
Kids everywhere are falling victim to the “invisibility prank.” Inspired by Justin Willman’s “Magic for Humans,” it is the most-recent viral social media challenge.
Here’s how it goes: Families plot against gullible youngsters who are seated in a chair, under a blanket, and then are convinced they cannot be seen by their loved ones once the cover is pulled off. Cameras roll and the kids usually freak out, but 11-year-old Ava Cunningham’s reaction takes the cake.
Makayla Cunningham, the mastermind behind the prank, said her entire family and a couple of friends were in on the joke. They spent about 10 minutes planning before going into action.
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Photo: Makayla Cunningham
The 18-year-old Texas State student had the job of pulling the blanket off Ava. Things really heated up once mom Ginger Cunningham pretended not to see her.
“Her mom deserves an Oscar,” one of 6,000 replies to Makayla’s video says.
The original version of the prank has racked up more than 200,000 retweets, nearly 600,000 likes and 6,000 responses since it was posted on Makayla’s Twitter account last weekend. Other outlets have reshared her video on Instagram, where it has garnered thousands of more likes and views in the millions.
“As soon as (Ava) started crying, we knew to stop the prank and let her calm down,” Makayla said.
In a follow-up Twitter video, Ava is shown blowing bubbles after her existential crisis.
“She is not traumatized and quite all right,” Makayla tweeted.
Madalyn Mendoza is a digital reporter for MySA.com. Read more of her stories here.| email@example.com | Twitter: @MaddySkye