Thousands have fallen for this Rufus do Sul prank at Burning Man

From its roots as a counterculture takes place on Baker Beach in San FranciscoAnd the man on fire She always had a deceitful spirit. Over the past few decades, the event has grown into a massive gathering of 80,000 people in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

Many bemoan that Burning Man has deviated from his roots, but there is still a lot of that origin tricky fun Buzzing about energy in woes.

This year, one of the best pranks was staged by Matt Mihaly, aka Dr. Yes. The 50-year-old video game designer from Novato has been attending the event for 11 years with Friendgasm Camp. Numbering just 26 people, it’s a relatively small crew known not for huge parties but rather trick jokes, such as blowing up pictures of people while wearing adult diapers. But this year, thousands of people flocked to their space in hopes of seeing one of the biggest electronic music acts in the world.

Thousands flocked to Friendgasm camp at Burning Man, anticipating a performance from Rufus du Sol.

Thousands flocked to Friendgasm camp at Burning Man, anticipating a performance from Rufus du Sol.

Matt Mihaly

Australian trio Rufus do Sol, whose 2016 video for “Innerbloom” garnered 87 million views, performed on set at Burning Man in 2019. According to one The unofficial Burning Man music guideThe band will return to Burning Man in 2022 for an event called Dusty Throwdown. However, when their supposed group time expired on Tuesday night, the band was nowhere to be found – because they weren’t actually in Burning Man.

“First of all, the whole camp loves Rufus do Sul, so they were the first victims of the joke,” said Mihaly, the joker on his blog, burn, life.

On a typical Burning Man evening, Friendgasm camp doesn't get many visitors, a stark difference from the night thousands thought Rufus du Sol would offer.

On a typical Burning Man evening, Friendgasm camp doesn’t get many visitors, a stark difference from the night thousands thought Rufus du Sol would offer.

Matt Mihaly

To make the fake booking plausible, Mihaly did some research on Rufus do Sul’s tour schedule to make sure the group wasn’t performing elsewhere. He also added another lesser known act of advertisement called Kerala Dust, which sparked the stunt and dispelled rumors on Instagram. However, talk of the performance spread throughout the play and attracted a great deal of interest. He estimated that in all, between 2,000 and 3,000 people wandered into his camp in search of the parade.

“It was crazy. I had never seen an inner city street in the city so crowded before,” said Mihaly, referring to the Black Rock City layout of Burning Man’s. “I was a bit worried that the guards in charge of safety would get upset about it. They must have closed the street. Nobody was passing. This show was great.”

Surprisingly, people did not seem bothered about being deceived.

“Whatever you think of the stove – a lot of readers probably have different opinions than us – we are a very nice crowd. In the end, the crowd dissipated.”

Friendgasm camp is filmed at Burning Man 2022. Matt Mihaly, a crew member, is responsible for a prank that convinced thousands that Rufus do Sul would perform.

Friendgasm camp is filmed at Burning Man 2022. Matt Mihaly, a crew member, is responsible for a prank that convinced thousands that Rufus do Sul would perform.

Matt Mihaly

The guards also appreciated the joke. Although cleaning up the intersection near the camp took about an hour, once people realized there wouldn’t be a show, the crowd “kind of dwindled from the inside, like a sad balloon.”

This musical stunt isn’t the first time a large number of fireplaces have fallen for a false booking ad. There’s a joke going on about Daft Punk playing the trash fence that’s been around for years. Mihaly hopes people will remember this trick the same way.

“I suspect most people who participated in the joke would look back on it fondly and enjoy being a part of it.”



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