I have mixed thoughts about this video. On one hand it’s entertaining and hysterical and can bring a smile to anyone’s face. That feeling of hilarity that monkey got when he realized he got tricked was priceless. I can watch it over and over again, and it won’t get old. Mouth open, teeth showing, falling back on the floor, arms flailing, feet in the air. Body covered in hay. Not a care in the world outside of the magic trick that was unveiled right before his eyes. Nobody has ever ROFL’d and nobody will ever ROFL like this again. ROFL Hall of Fame inductee and well deserved. I don’t think I’ve ever ROFL’d a day in my life. I admire this orangutan.
On the other hand, this is by no means a complex magic trick. I’ll go as far to say it’s the oldest trick in the book. Aren’t monkeys supposed to be smarter than people? Them and dolphins are supposed to be in the upper echelon of mammal intelligence as far as I know. This is a major setback for primates across the globe. I don’t know much, but I do know that you don’t earn any respect in the orangutan community when you get fooled by some Joe Schmo in a quarter zip who literally emptied the cup right before your eyes.
But I’ll give the orangutan the benefit of the doubt. I love magic tricks. You can put that on record. Can never figure them out, and as long as it doesn’t make my brain hurt trying to decipher it, I’ll tip my cap to the magician 10 out of 10 times. Anyone that can trick me earns my respect until they insult my intelligence. This orangutan’s intelligence was completely eviscerated in front of the public and the animal kingdom. But the reaction was candid, authentic, and downright hilarious. The good outweighs the bad.