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Ok – I have to admit I’m still under shock and watched this video over and over again hoping to figure out if it’s fake or not. Flips at the end kind makes me think it is not for real but on the other hand it does look real.

Input please.

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Posted by   @   30 October 2008 52 comments
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Oct 30, 2008
7:20 pm
#1 Didi :

OH MY GOD! There is NO way this is not a real baby! Someone HAS to report this to the police!!!! That baby’s head/brain can be really injured by all those swirls and swings!!! and the poor arms!!! Oh my god! Please someone do SOMETHING.

Oct 30, 2008
7:31 pm
#2 miffed :

The police need to be called… just to check as that Dude is a bleeding idiot

Oct 30, 2008
7:33 pm
#3 RGS :

No idea how to trace that guy down – found this video on youtube. Step number one: what language is that song?

Oct 30, 2008
7:39 pm
#4 Nick :

Com’on, this is so fake.

Oct 30, 2008
7:41 pm
#5 OM :

Seems Eastern European, no? I’m not sure. I bet when people complain he says his father did that to him and he’s fine. Even though he obviously belongs in a padded cell.

Oct 30, 2008
7:55 pm
#6 Komix :

zomg! amazing! That’s a gem on youtube, man! And Most likely ll be removed rather soon too. Awesome share!

Oct 30, 2008
7:56 pm
#7 Kat :

Kids are shockingly robust, but this is still not a good idea—the spinning is fine, but those little arms could be damaged by the swinging.
I suspect it actually is for real, though I suppose it could be faked and carefully cut.

Oct 30, 2008
8:24 pm
#8 Crown :

Lol, you are all frickin’ idiots. It’s manipulated.

Oct 30, 2008
8:40 pm
#9 Swingin :

I dunno…this clip looks pretty real to me. My theory? Daddy is a circus performer. Trapeze artists – they’re usually from Eastern Europe, right? The way he goes through these various moves is very fluid, confident, and all business. He is not smiling or laughing. How about that brake move he does, when he swings the baby up and holds it in the air? I’ll bet he thinks he is preparing his baby for success, because all of these sensations will be second nature to the kid. And finally, if this guy isn’t in the circus, how else would you explain those drapes?

Oct 30, 2008
8:46 pm
#10 huh :

I don’t see what the big fuss is all about – I was an acrobat and trained by my father in similar ways from extremely young age. The baby’s arms have been strengthened by exercises on a smaller scale up to this point. Some people (in the west) are just too serious – especially these calls for the police? Outrageous commenters – awesome dad+baby team!

Oct 30, 2008
9:27 pm
#11 ecobore :

aww c’mon! Who hasn’t done that with a baby!!! 😉
But seriously, checkout the transition at 3:09 looks fake and then looks real!

Anyway, standard Chinese olympics preps surely!!!!

Oct 30, 2008
10:09 pm
#12 some anonymous coward :

I don’t know. I mean, I was swung as a kid, and I swung kids. However, this is a bit extreame. Probably parts are real, but I think some of it is fake – like when he starts to swing the baby over his head, there is a brief hiccup. Could just be internet lag, but I think there is an edit there. Also, what gets me is that it is 3 and a half minutes long. I real adult would probably tire out way before then.

So, yeah, I think parts are real, but most of it is fake.

Oct 30, 2008
10:53 pm
#13 da morg :

It looks REAL. it’s handheld, so is much more difficult to edit out little sections and replace them with ‘fake’ elements. It’s REAL. I agree that this man’s some circus performer, and he’s built up the baby’s muscles by doing smaller exercises over time. The baby obviously LIKES IT!! I think it’s pretty extreme, but it looks like they’re having fun, ane as long as dad doesn’t drop the kid, it will probably do amazing things when it grows up! At least he’s not plopping the kid in front of the TV for hours like most american parents.

Oct 30, 2008
11:03 pm
#14 E :

Please….you all are uptight parents. I used to do this to my daughter, and half way through I paused it and showed it to her. (she is now 10yrs old). She said “Yea, i remeber doing that” and asked if i could do the twisting flips with her…but she is 10, and I am not that strong. Every dad does this stuff, and it is the up tight parents of today that keep their kids inside and scared. Look at the kid at the end…he looks fine.

Oct 30, 2008
11:11 pm
#15 Cirque Dude :

Agree with ‘huh’ and swingin’ on this one…

Oct 30, 2008
11:58 pm
#16 podo :

it’s a stupid Russian song

Oct 31, 2008
12:26 am
#17 ou :

Anybody get the video before it got taken down?

Oct 31, 2008
1:46 am
#18 RGS :

Video is working again … enjoy

Oct 31, 2008
3:17 am
#19 Brianna :

My dad did some of this kind of stuff with me when I was a kid and I LOVED it and would torment him until he would do it again. Not quite this choreographed and extreme but very similar. The parts where the babies shoulders seem to be dislocating appear to be CG but who knows.

I would not do this to any child of mine, as I would be too afraid that I would drop them. Plus arm dislocations are not a good thing.

I think part of this is real and part CG.

Oct 31, 2008
3:34 am
#20 paddy :

I was prepared to say that, in this age of over protection of kids, this is a good thing. But actually, No. This is just selfish, irresponsible parenting. Too much. The part where he has the kid by the feet, swinging him/her round at high speed. If the parent had stumbled, or misjudged, that kid’s skull would have been crushed. Major brain injury. Suddenly, no longer funny or cool.

Grow up, Dad.

Oct 31, 2008
3:36 am
#21 paddy :

Oh, by the way, I work in film visual effects. I know what is possible, what is really hard (expensive) and what is not possible. This video, in my opinion, is definitely real, unless someone was prepared to spend at least a 6 figure sum in faking it with CGI. Unlikely.

Oct 31, 2008
6:32 am
#22 Yerba :

The man appears to be a professional, confident, and adept. He looked like he was in complete control the whole time and quite considerate and careful with the child. I was actually very happy for the kid. Whoopee!

Oct 31, 2008
12:01 pm
#23 polossatik :

Get real,
this kid loves it,and is totally unharmed, the dad is making sure to not overdo any of the moves and does it in a nice fluid way.
If a small child actually get hurt it will instantly start to cry.
People have NO idea how strong a kid actually is.
What is it with today’s people whining about child abuse every time you DO something with a kid instead of simply dumping it before a WIIIIIIIII ?
Kids grow up overprotected and from the moment you even touch lightly one of those “protected” kids they will start whining , just like their parents

THOSE people should be accused of (mental) abuse.

Oct 31, 2008
3:23 pm

This guy is so..stupid! :)

Oct 31, 2008
5:47 pm
#25 cathat :

I don’t know that really, really looks fake. The lighting isn’t quite right on the kid’s body, he kind of ‘pops’ out of the scene. The physics seem off. Even the baby’s reactions and body language seem kind of canned while swinging. While dangling it looks like the kid’s arm is supporting his own body weight, seems like he should be hanging more limply.

I’d bet if a full-res version were available it’d be really obvious.

Oct 31, 2008
5:49 pm
#26 Jon Brown :

This man is not fit to be a father. I can’t imagine any intelligent person treating a child or baby in this manner. Jon

Oct 31, 2008
8:49 pm
#27 Teh Bree :

So, I believe this is real. It certainly doesn’t look faked, and if it was I agree with ‘paddy’ it would cost a butt ton.
The song is a German version of Kung Fu Fighting.. if that helps anyone

The baby’s arm’s in the flipping section didn’t seem like they were popping out of place to me.. O.o you would be quite amazed at how flexible kids, let alone babies, are. The kid looked fine! The man was totally in control of the whole situation, and I thought it was very entertaining.
So I don’t think this is child abuse.

Oct 31, 2008
9:14 pm
#28 Steve :

Now -that- is how you make fighter pilots. That’s a baby who’ll grow up with no fear of gravity.

I don’t think that’s child abuse, that’s called playing helicopter.

Also, if that is a real video, that man is impressively strong. Babies are heavy, ask any pregnant woman, and they’re heavier if you swing them at the end of your arms.

I’m a bit iffy about the times he swings the baby around by one arm, and the flips at the end are a bit worrying. That looks like less fun for the baby and more just muscle strain in the making. The two hands held parts are just exactly what babies like – watch his face when they come to the camera at the end, he’s smiling his face off.

Oct 31, 2008
9:22 pm
#29 yobar :

Singing is Kung Fu Fighting, Russian version.

Looks like the kid loved it!

Oct 31, 2008
11:43 pm

Humm…I can’t say if this is real or not, but he certainly won’t be winning any “father of the year” awards!

Nov 1, 2008
4:53 am
#31 A Good Mommy :

This man is out of his mind!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope CPS is knocking at his door as I type! I hope they take his baby away!!!! In my opinion that is child abuse!

Nov 1, 2008
9:32 am
#32 teh destroy :

No way it’s real. It looks like a modern version of the ‘dancing baby’ cgi from the 90’s.

Further, all it would take is one squirm, and that kids got a gimp arm for life.

And the physics… I mean, I don’t think a BABY just goes completely limp for 4 minutes, and gets swung around so predictably.

I feel the cgi wouldn’t be nearly as expensive as someone up there suggests.

Nov 2, 2008
2:00 am
#33 David :

First of all, this is obviously real (see paddy’s response above) and although the baby seems happy, it’s still dangerous and irresponsible parenting. Regardless of how the baby responds, just filming the process and allowing it to be disributed online seems marks the father as an imbecile.

Don’t try this at home.

Nov 2, 2008
2:21 am
#34 Gymnast Son :

No, it’s quite real. My father used to do that to me. He did just yesterday, in fact.

Pretty good for a 61 year old and me being 40…

Nov 2, 2008
7:03 am
#35 andrew :

Don’t worry, it’s fake. The beginning looks pretty good, but further in, the baby doesn’t look enough to be affected by gravity. The legs aren’t stretching out due to centrifugal force, the arms aren’t stretching out straight. Also, swinging the baby by one arm would instantly dislocate the arm, it’s impossible to subject it to that much force without injury.

Nov 2, 2008
7:32 pm
#36 Axel :

I cannot believe this guy doesn’t have an outpatient wrist band on.
The music sounds Ukranian or Russian. That was just too shocking for words.

Nov 2, 2008
10:23 pm
#37 Daniel Cecil :

Blatantly fake guys. There are a few bits where the baby face is a composite blur. The black lines around the baby doesn’t help the illusion either.

Also, a magician always shows that the object being manipulated is ‘real’ part way through the trick (i.e. severed head talking in a box) to fool the audience into belief. Whoever made this video is truly brilliant, and knows their psychology.

Nov 3, 2008
1:29 am
#38 Stronzo :

That baby is clearly having a good time. Why are you people so scared. You are raising a generation of wimps.

Nov 3, 2008
3:25 am
#39 Fernando :


Nov 3, 2008
4:37 pm

I don’t believe this is real, because the kid doesn’t laugh or cry. It is impossible for a kid at that age to be that silent.

Nov 3, 2008
7:36 pm
#41 miffed :

I agree with Paddy Its real.

What that stupid father wants to do in private to harm/deform his own kid is his own business but when he deems to post that abuse online for the world to see? Then he invites negative opinion and a visit from child protection services..

For all those who think it’s not real? There are 100’s of dimwits who will watch it & think that they can do that to other random children. For that reason alone it should be taken down and that idiot reprimanded.

Nov 4, 2008
12:48 pm
#42 Unphazed :

Ok, I’m no expert, and I thought this was fake in the beginning. But after watching again (OMG, several times), I noticed one thing that would be hard to fake. Watch what happens to the man’s pants whenever the baby touches them. They REACT, shadows, folds, wrinkle, everything. It would take a good deal of work to make that effect so realistic. And yes, I know there are several effects programs that simulate objects breaking so realistically that they differ every time used, and several cloth generators, but this is beyond what I’ve seen so far. I’m leaning towards real. And in this case, professional or not, this is scary. Give the kid a few years before swinging him like that.

Nov 16, 2008
4:36 am
#43 dongle? :

my thoughts….

1. at the beginning, the baby walked toward the father. there was no need to film that, so I think it’s just there to make us think it’s real.

2. in the middle, he picks the baby up. the baby looks completely unfazed. if that was really happening, the baby would be crying and very tired out.

3. the baby would be crying or (by some strange miracle) laughing the entire time. even over the music, you would have heard it.

even with that in mind, I still couldn’t watch more than half the video.

Dec 16, 2008
10:25 pm
#44 watdafuk :

I don`t care who you are that`s funny.

Dec 17, 2008
10:59 am
#45 sweetness :


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