The World of the Prank

The artist as social provocateur and activist incorporates humor, satire, irony, political commentary and/or direct action to provoke critical thinking. Pranks challenge convention and the status quo and expose prejudices and biases.

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Clet Abraham Graffiti Artist

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From Tim Jackson: The artist Clet Abraham has a innovative approach to graffiti – apparently not legal.

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Sid Caesar- Auto Smashup

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From Erin: Sid and Coca–no sitcom team ever did it as good as they did. And that is LIVE laughter. RIP Sid Caesar.


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Ask The Fiddler #23: Overcoming a Fowl Fear

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fiddler-75Editor’s Note: Ask The Fiddler is a lifestyle advice column that aims to remedy more chaos and confusion than it creates. Questions may be submitted to us here at Art of the Prank, and good luck.


Dear Fiddler,

I am afraid of chickens. It’s affecting my livelihood, can you help?

Harlan in KY

Dear Harlan,

I could really get into this if you had said giant chickens. They’re featured in several B horror flicks. But realistically, the biggest actual chicken I’ve found weighs in at a mere 23 lbs. 3 oz., an Australian chap who has since gone off to the great roost in the sky.

ErnestGoh_Chicken_Thewalk-200Maybe you’ve got tucked away in your subconscious a nightmare memory of the great Tennessee Super Chicken hoax. I can’t find any other reference to it, so perhaps the story was concocted on-site.

Is it perfectly reasonable to fear chickens? A California man was killed by a chicken in 2011. He was attending a cockfight. When it comes to inhumane treatment of animals, it’s hard not to celebrate when the tormented creature strikes back.

Your malady is called Alektorophobia, the fear of chickens. It’s rare, but obviously it exists because someone gave it a name. Wikipedia says: “People with alektorophobia tend to feel uneasy around chickens, or around certain places in which chickens are known to reside, such as farms. … Some people scream, cry, have trouble breathing, have excessive sweating or even heart trouble when they come in contact with an area near chickens, or occasionally even eggs or feathers. In some extreme cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a chicken can also trigger fear.” (more…)

Kultur Jamming with the Russian Police

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Members of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir perform a rousing rendition of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The original video with better quality is available at the NBC Olympics website.

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Russian Flash Mob

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From Erin


A couple of years old, but fitting to welcome in the Sochi Olympics

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Ask The Fiddler #22: Costly Cures for Imaginary Illnesses

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fiddler-75Editor’s Note: Ask The Fiddler is a lifestyle advice column that aims to remedy more chaos and confusion than it creates. Questions may be submitted to us here at Art of the Prank, and good luck.


Dear Fiddler,

I have a headache that starts in my toes, I’m allergic to my allergy meds, and my boomerang won’t come back. What remedy do you suggest?

Barry in D.C.

Dear Barry,

Obviously you need a hearty dose of that legendary scourge of internal corruption, Dr. Fiddler’s Electro-Cleanse Elixir, completely recyclable and manufactured under strict sanitary conditions when circumstances permit, available at the side door at the conclusion of this essay. Two dollars for the bottle.

stethescopeOn the other hand, you could undoubtedly improve your condition if you would quit watching TV medical ads and cease asking the Internet for a diagnosis.

Those ads and questionable posts can be hazardous to your health. Experts say “exposure to advertising that sells a fantasy of flawless health, perfect skin, clockwork bowels, extended youth and perpetual cheerfulness in the face of disappointment, aging, money woes” … “can create expectations and perceived needs that lead to unnecessary and expensive drug consumption.”

Of course the drug companies argue that their ads are educational. The U.S. and New Zealand are the only countries where drug companies can advertise directly to consumers. It is estimated that every ad dollar spent by Big Pharma yields a four dollar boost in sales of prescription drugs. (more…)

Chinese Flight Attendant Flash Mob

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Pudong flight attendants in Shanghai stage flash mob dance to entertain passengers as the Chinese Spring Festival begins.

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Pubic Hair is Center Stage for Valentine’s Day

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From Erin: Wait till you see the new Barbie doll!


American Apparel’s Valentines’ Day window display causes a sensation on New York’s Lower East Side. Read about it at rawstory.com and Gothamist

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Ask The Fiddler #21: Ducking the Political Wrecking Ball

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fiddler-75Editor’s Note: Ask The Fiddler is a lifestyle advice column that aims to remedy more chaos and confusion than it creates. Questions may be submitted to us here at Art of the Prank, and good luck.


Dear Fiddler,

Media vultures are trying to make a meal of my political career. What should I do?

Chris in New Jersey

Dear Chris,

You are suffering from an attack of opposition research.

nixon-virusOpposition researchers know that human behavior often involves patterns. Meaning, if you did it once, there are probably other instances. So, they are digging.

You are in deep scat. As a former hard-charging anti-corruption prosecuting attorney who won convictions or guilty pleas from 130 public officials, you probably know that.

Opposition research does far more damage than is generally reported, whether it takes the form of anonymous whispers or professionally prepared dossiers. Its dynamics usually only come to light through insider revelations. Why so? Because reporters don’t want to admit that their earth-shaking stories were the result not of their own brilliance but of spoon-fed, un-sourced tips.

It used to be a shady, hush-hush, backroom activity that few admitted to. But today there are fancy firms devoted to opposition research, three-piece suits strutting down K Street with briefcases full of DUI reports and divorce records. For the amateur, there are handbooks and seminars led by private investigators.

What the diggers are looking for, as you well know, is further examples of dirty tricks.

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Springsteen & Fallon Born to Run Together

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Bruce Springsteen & Jimmy Fallon: “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam” (“Born To Run” Parody)

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Devil Baby Attack

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From Tim Jackson: Special effects are creeping into the real world: A beautifully constructed prank used to advertise a new horror film, “Devil’s Due”. Wait ’till one of these causes a real heart attack.


Devil Baby Attack

An animatronic “devil baby” in a remote controlled stroller goes on a rampage through the streets of New York City and hidden cameras record people’s reactions.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere


No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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On Sunday, January 12th, 2014 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. The above photo is from Beijing. In New York, our 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines.

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For more photos and information, visit here.

More about Improv Everywhere here.

Ask The Fiddler #20: Fly Me to the Moon

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Dear Fiddler,

I’m anxious to find a little peace and quiet someplace but my options are somewhat limited due to past actions. Any suggestions?

Edward (location redacted)

Dear Edward,

The man to see is Dennis Hope. He owns the Moon. He’s also president of the Galactic Government, which represents landowners on the Moon and other extraterrestrial properties.

moonAs you might imagine, there are those who say Hope is full of green cheese. There are a number of other claimants and competitors. Such as, the major nations of the world. For an overview of various national and international laws and treaties relating to the Moon, check out the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

You’d probably get a nice welcome from a group of artists who have established “The Republic of the Moon.” But for the moment they don’t appear to be colonizing, just offering exhibits, performances, workshops and other events.

Another very active group is the Luna Society, which carries on important projects such as naming a crater after Michael Jackson – whom they identify as having owned property on the moon. The Society is focused on development of Moon resources. There is a lot of titanium up there, an expensive ore due to extraction difficulties.

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Dyson Sucks

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From Erin:


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Patrice Letarnec’s Upside Down World

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Photos from Patrice Letarnec

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