The Pope's Tablecloth Trick Was a Miracle! (of Modern Computer Graphics)

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the fantastic feats of Chill Pope! Today, he’s showing off a classic: The old ‘yank a tablecloth, leaving everything else on the table undisturbed’ trick. It’s a miracle! Except that it’s totally fake.

The video showing Pope Francis doing the second coolest thing you can ever do (the coolest is to remove your glasses to reveal that you weren’t just a nerd, but actually a really hot person all along) has been heavily edited by the team over at The Ellen Degeneres Show. You can see Ellen setting up the joke in the clip below:

Someone has even put together a side-by-side video of the original video with Ellen’s fake (and impressive!) CGI’d Pope shenanigans. Sadly, Chill Pope just sets down some flowers and leaves.

Could the Pope actually pull that trick off without the use of special effects? Probably. Will he? Only a Doubting Thomas would demand to see it. You’re not a Doubting Thomas, are you?


[h/t Laughing Squid; Gif by Andrew Liszewski]

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