YouTube superstars Dude Perfect are a group
of guys from Texas who have perfected the art of the trick shot, coming up with such
ridiculous, difficult, insane shots, it’s almost impossible to fathom they could be
real. Of course that leads us to ask the obvious
question: is it real? Or are the guys from Dude Perfect just really,
really good with special effects? Here’s a look at whether or not Dude Perfect
might be fake… In the beginning… The bros in Dude Perfect first burst onto
the scene back in 2009 with a trick shot compilation that went viral thanks to a generous pledge
to sponsor a child through Compassion International for every 100,000 views they received. The video quality is so low tech that it seem
unlikely there’s any trickery involved, especially since the whole thing is for charity. With roughly 18 million views, that’s a lot
of little dudes being sponsored by the antics of Dude Perfect. “This is the zip line laser shot.” Johnny Football, and the shot seen ’round
the world The Dude Perfect guys attended Texas A&M University,
and one of their most famous videos showed them sinking a shot from the top of the school’s
football stadium down into a basket at field level. That led to a team-up with the school’s Heisman
trophy winning quarterback, Johnny Manziel, for a trick shot duel that quickly went viral. But was that original shot real? Amazingly, experts in computer editing couldn’t
find a single shred of evidence that the video had been tampered with or manipulated in any
way. Pros vs. Joes In terms of legitimacy, one of the biggest
points in Dude Perfect’s favor is how willing professional athletes have been to join them
in their videos. Big time athletes like Los Angeles Clippers
point guard Chris Paul and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers not only have the
skills to pull off these shots, they also have reputations to maintain, making it unlikely
they would participate in any fakery. These guys are legit, and by extension, their
buddies in Dude Perfect probably are too. They’re not alone Dude Perfect may be the best known trick shot
artists on the internet, but they’re hardly alone. In fact, as anyone who has ever played a game
of HORSE knows, if you attempt a stupid shot enough times, you’re probably going to make
it at some point. It’s just a matter of filming every … single
… attempt. For example, check out Alex Tanney, a journeyman
backup quarterback who’s bounced around the NFL for years, but has only thrown 14 career
passes. His accuracy became legendary with his trick
shot video, to the point where he was featured in a History Channel show called Stan Lee’s
Superhumans. The guys at Dude Perfect may not be Spider-Man,
but given enough time, they’re likely to eventually hit those trick shots too. Or… not. “Are you kidding me?” Science is on their side Some trick shots seem so impossible they defy
the laws of nature. But in fact, science actually backs them up. Take this incredible shot from top of the
Vulcan Monument in Birmingham, Alabama by the guys at Legendary Shots, who may not be
as famous as Dude Perfect, but are helping up the ante with each video. The shot seemed so unfathomable, a science
blog took a deep dive into the physics necessary to pull it off, and came away with the conclusion
that it was not just doable, but had been done. And the folks at Is It Real agree, concluding
that it would be more effort to fake the shots than actually do them. “Editing trick shots like that, it gets extremely
difficult to get the gravity, the physics, and the lighting, and all that stuff right. You might as well do it for real.” Science strikes back Still, not everyone is convinced Dude Perfect’s
shots are legitimate. Eggheads took to the internet en masse to
protest Dude Perfect’s video of a shot from the top of a 533-foot tall skyscraper in Oklahoma
City. According to science, since this wasn’t a
clean swish, the combination of speed and the weight of the ball should have caused
the ball to completely wreck the hoop on impact rather than merely rattle around a little. Looks a little fishy. The more dangerous, the more doubtful As Dude Perfect continues to push the envelope
with their trick shots, they’ve gone beyond just throwing a football or sinking a basket. Now they’ve moved into truly dangerous and
absurd tricks like this one, involving archery, which is really an entirely different skillset
from throwing a basketball or football. Or golf. Or darts. Or soccer and tennis? So wait, are we supposed to believe each of
these guys is a real life Deadshot? It seems a little unlikely. They’re used to the scrutiny Internet doubters aren’t the only ones who
have questioned Dude Perfect’s legitimacy. Even the mainstream media has become skeptical,
with ABC News featuring them on Nightline in an attempt to figure out whether the shots
are real or not. “And yet the skeptics seem to grow as well.” “Everyone is convinced that you guys are sneakily
getting these trick shots, that this is not, couldn’t possibly be real.” And back in 2009, when they first went viral,
Good Morning America also tried to debunk Dude Perfect and instead succeeded only in
making the world wonder what the heck happened to Diane Sawyer’s career. “Give it to Diane. No, come on. Go, go, go. There it is!” Considering people have been doubting Dude
Perfect for years now, the fact that nobody has been able to definitively prove they are
fakers is a point in their favor. The final verdict The real question might not be whether or
not Dude Perfect is fake, but if it even matters. At the end of the day, it’s entertaining to
watch these ridiculous trick shots — and even more entertaining to argue about them. As long as they can continue turning out these
crazy videos, and keep people guessing, the internet will be happy. Because sometimes, maintaining a sense of
mystery is the best trick of all. “This is a leap of faith.” Thanks for watching! Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our
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