Talent shows are typically a little hit or miss, but these seven dancers proved that they really have what it takes to wow an audience—and took the concept of a “talent show” to a whole new level.
Not only did they manage to perfectly time their choreography, but they also completely fooled the audience in the process. Because not only are these moves a display of their skill, but they also make for a clever optical illusion.
The women stepped out wearing suits that are half white and half black. At first glance, it’s not hard to see what’s going on, and you may think it’d be easy to keep track of which leg is performing which movements—but trust us—it gets pretty confusing.
They’ve created a mashup of several songs, and as the music plays they stand still, only moving their legs to the beat of each song. (The songs they sample range from “Eye of the Tiger” to “Can’t Touch This.”) And that’s all it takes to totally trick the eyes. It’s pretty incredible, honestly.
Not Your Average Talent Show
The dance routine was part of the Silverdale First Ward LDS Talent Show, and since the video was originally posted, it’s racked up over a million views. Because clearly, people are into illusions.
The original poster noted that this was great for a group performance, and it really does seem like the perfect way to nail a dance routine, even if you’re not the most skilled dancer.
And these costumes would also be fun for Halloween if you’re looking to dress your family or friend group in matching costumes. Now, you have just to practice your dance moves!
Check out this video for all of the inspiration you’ll need to enter a talent show or pull off a very memorable group costume. It gets really good around the 42-second mark.
Speaking Of Mesmerizing Illusions
The project took her 25 hours, spread over the course of 8 days, to build—and just two minutes to fall. Her triple spiral video’s been watched over 38 million times on YouTube alone.
Check it out:
Hevesh has made a name for herself in this space; she’s created complex commercial campaigns for Honda and Ford, among others. Her videos have been featured on networks like NBC, FOX News, CNN and CBS.
Lily’s YouTube channel has over 357 million total YouTube views and over 1.2 million subscribers. In other words, she’s kind of a big deal.
She started playing with dominoes in 2009 when she was 10, and she got into the whole thing simply by searching “dominoes” on YouTube.
“Take it slow, be very cautious when you’re building, and if it falls down, know that it’s part of the domino process,” Hevesh, who is now 18, told CBS News.
The teen from New Hampshire says she owns about 70,000 dominoes, and she also has a Guinness World Record under her belt. She was part of a team that set a record in 2016 for the most dominoes toppled in a circle. The amount the toppled? A cool 76,017!
Check out Hevesh’s YouTube channel for tons of other mesmerizing videos of her work. This video that she created with a fellow domino artist several years ago is the most-watched on her channel with a whopping 85 million views:
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And here’s a reel of highlights from some of her “best projects,” which she shared back in June. Seriously astounding work!
here's a look back at some of my best domino projects 🙂
— Lily Hevesh (@Hevesh5) June 6, 2017
Hevesh was in the routine of posting new clips of her projects to her channel every Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. That may no longer be the case, however, as this domino artist extraordinaire heads off to travel during a “gap year” before she starts her freshman year of college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, next fall. (Famous Rensselaer alums include Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, as well as a bunch of NASA employees and astronauts.)
Hevesh recently closed up her domino studio and moved all 70,000 of her dominoes to her parents’ house, a process that she chronicled on social media:
Everything's back home now! Had to put some stuff in the playroom because we were running out of space 😅 pic.twitter.com/C1IJUwq3TL
— Lily Hevesh (@Hevesh5) August 15, 2017
For all you Hevesh superfans out there, she even has her own logo and line of shirts, too. Not bad for an 18-year-old with a bright future!