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This video has been around for a few years, but the first time I saw this I was shocked and disturbed.

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I have looked online and have found competing information being claimed that the video was a marketing campaign, and other videos claiming this is not true and that it is in fact real.

Snopes further claims that this is Undetermined

Can anybody verify if the video is real and if so, can it be confirmed if the man indeed died? It certainly appears like he did.

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Well, I can tell it's not a Russian show for certain, as the text is not in Russian. – kotekzot May 4 '12 at 3:28
-1: this looks as an obvious parody, why would anyone even think about considering it real? – vartec May 4 '12 at 8:59
@vartec I am sorry I do not possess your superior intellect to be able to spot obvious parodies without any fact, reference or supporting evidence. – maple_shaft May 4 '12 at 11:01
btw. "NSFW AND GRAPHIC"? srsly, there isn't even a drop of blood in there.. – vartec May 4 '12 at 12:05
@vartec If there was a chance the man died on camera then I found that shocking and yes graphic, lack of blood aside. I added NSFW there because it was flagged by YouTube user community as being mature content so potentially someone COULD get in trouble for viewing it at work. – maple_shaft May 4 '12 at 13:01
up vote 19 down vote accepted

It's obviously not real. At very first glance it looks like a parody. But since you want some "hard evidence", here it goes.

  • whole setup is very, very amateur, too amateur to be considered from a show on national TV in Russia (or Ukraine for that matter).
  • TV station logo is: TVД, yet in Cyrillic alphabet there is no V, obviously no TVД station exists.
  • It's allegedly Russian show, yet show logo says "Talent" in Latin alphabet
  • Actual Russian "Got Talent" franchise is called Минута славы.
  • Caption's second line says "Киева", which would point to Ukraine, rather than Russia.
  • But than again, Ukraine Got Talent (Україна має талант) has completely different logo, is show on different TV station and fully professional setup.
  • Caption says "Удивительный братьями ", which is supposed to mean "Amazing brothers", however it's grammatically incorrect (singular adjective instead of plural, and noun in wrong declension - instrumental instead of nominative). Same goes for second line, it's also ungrammatical, should either read "з Киева" or just "Киев".
  • No one in the whole video speaks a single word, further showing that whoever made that video had no knowledge of Russian nor Ukrainian.
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whole setup is very, very amateur, too amateur to be considered from a show on national TV in Russia (or Ukraine for that matter). I have heard the argument that this was auditions to get on the show, the lack of professional stage setup can be explained by this. I do admit though that if I was a camera man and I witnessed someone take an arrow to the head, my first reaction would not be to cue to the judges to capture their reaction. – maple_shaft May 4 '12 at 11:54
@maple_shaft: looks to lame even for an audition. Also in real audition they would say who they are, and what they are gonna perform. – vartec May 4 '12 at 12:05
Mixing English and Russian/Ukranian sounds half-way plausible to me, but I did a search for "TVД" and the main hits were for this video, and no hits for it exist within – Andrew Grimm May 4 '12 at 13:28
@Mechanicalsnail: Because a) "talent show" is kind of generic name, not a brand, b) branded talent show formats, like eg. Got Talent or Idol have their local variants with their names translated to local language. – vartec Aug 9 '12 at 21:31
@vartec: not always true. In Italy the show is called Italia's got talent. On the other hand the French have La France a un incroyable talent. Guess it goes down to marketing (having an English title is quite cool in Italy, it would be considered almost preposterous in France) – nico Sep 16 '12 at 8:17

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