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The following video purports to show a man performing a stunt leaping from beam to beam:

https://twitter.com/AKBrews/status/1733162018864267634?s=20

Many people in the comments are questioning its authenticity or denying it outright.

Is this a real stunt or a trick of a camera?

In case of link-rot, you can have this teeny gif as a backup. 2MB file limit, this is about all you can have.

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    At ~9 seconds into the video it looks as if there is glass between the beams.
    – Michael
    Dec 14, 2023 at 14:02
  • What is your condition of being authentic? For example, if he was doing it on a green carpet and everything was added in post-production, then it would obviously not be authentic. But if he was really doing the jumps at that height, but there was a hidden safety net outside of the frame, would you consider it to be authentic or not?
    – vsz
    Dec 15, 2023 at 7:30
  • @Michael Of course that'd be a neat solution to the safety problem, but I can't see anything that looks like the edge of a pane of glass across the background. What are you looking for there?
    – Graham
    Dec 15, 2023 at 10:03
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    @Graham: For example here the space between the beams looks slightly milky and you can kind of see a distinct edge where the glass would end paste.xinu.at/9jJ8 (but could also be some kind of camera or compression artifact caused by the beams moving across the image)
    – Michael
    Dec 15, 2023 at 10:09
  • Only tangentially related, but well worth the watch, is when the cameraman is also a skilled parkour/freerunning expert. Two videos linked in this petapixel article show both the construction of a couple of the shots plus the end result advert [which may also have some CGI components, that's unclear from context alone.] petapixel.com/2016/10/04/…
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 15, 2023 at 12:06

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The person in the video is performing the discipline of freerunning (related to parkour).

Free-runner Joey Evers (@_joeypk_ on Instagram) has released hundreds of videos of his stunts and "missions". This is one of them, apparently as part of a shoe sponsorship.

It is difficult to provide evidence that a video is not a fake, but given that it was filmed from several angles and is consistent with the other stunts performed by Evers and by other freerunners, the most prosaic explanation is this is not faked.

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    It's probably also worth noting that what he is doing is not actually particularly difficult, the thing that makes it stand out is the element of danger from doing it at great height. Dec 14, 2023 at 10:31
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    @JackAidley - And if it was in partnership with a shoe company, they probably insisted on a safety net out of frame (or edited out) even if Evers did not want it. Nothing says bad publicity like "died while wearing our shoes and filming a commercial for us."
    – Obie 2.0
    Dec 14, 2023 at 12:16
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    @JackAidley just as impressive was the person running along a narrow parapet at the same speed as Evers, while filming. Dec 14, 2023 at 17:03
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    The video may not be fake, but given Obie's comment, it is misleading that they don't show the safety net. Dec 15, 2023 at 1:05
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    @pacoverflow at the end of one of the videos linked showing an alternative angle you can see all the way to the ground and there is no net there. If there was a net, it does not cover the whole route instagram.com/p/CyQbzXHN6WH
    – Tristan
    Dec 15, 2023 at 13:47

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