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Invisible prank: Viral video trend damaging kids, child psychologist says

Invisible prank: Viral video trend damaging kids, child psychologist says
13 Sep
2:33

THE internet’s latest viral trend, the “invisible prank”, is as ridiculous as it sounds.

It started with Netflix’s new reality show Magic for Humans, where host and magician Justin Willman successfully convinced an adult man that he had turned invisible.

Then popular American YouTube star David Dobrik — he has almost nine million subscribers — attempted the same trick on a friend’s younger brother.

Dobrik’s video has 16 million views on Twitter and another five million on YouTube. The boy’s age is not disclosed the video, but he appears to be of primary school age.

The prank involves doing a few things to try to convince the child that they’re “invisible”, including covering them in a sheet, removing it, then reacting with shock that the child is now “invisible”.

It also involves pre-planning a photo without the child in an attempt to convince them that they don’t show up in pictures.

Once the child is present, the family pretends to take a photo with the child. But when it comes time to show the picture, they produce the first “fake” photo” without the child in it.

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Dobrik’s video has taken off online, with many fa