Jarno Smeets—actually a Dutch CGI artist named Floris Kaayk—fessed up to the hoax on De Wereld Draait Door, a Dutch TV show.
Suspicions were immediately aroused. But now, the reveal has occurred on dutch TV…
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EDIT: Video was removed by youtube.
Tip: @matthetube (Matt Crowley) on Twitter
Why did he do it? It appealed to people’s dreams of flight. And, he did it to see if he could tell a good story. Success. Flying? Fail. But he fooled a lot of people, didn’t he.
Two observations: one, it’s hard to get away with this stuff. People were critical RIGHT away, as they SHOULD be. So, you can’t trust any video or picture, too easy to fake. Second, many people WANTED to believe and they were willing to overlook the questions because it was an appealing idea. Be skeptical.