From a media release:
Messing With People in the Name of Science. PRANK SCIENCE Premieres Monday, September 19 on Discovery Channel
Can a test subject be convinced he has the power to melt solid objectsâ€¦ using only the power of his mind? If heâ€™s just crossed paths with the PRANK SCIENCE team, anything is possible! Premiering Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, this highly-entertaining street-level gag show lures unsuspecting people into hilarious, never-before-seen pranks â€“ all in the name of science. Each half-hour episode of this 13-part original Canadian series by Proper Television (CANADAâ€™S WORST DRIVER), takes to the streets to pull off several new prank experiments. But unlike other gag shows, every PRANK SCIENCE trick reveals unexpected and water-cooler-worthy scientific facts and theories. Itâ€™s an addictive one-two punch of strange science and riveting practical jokes!
But the goal of PRANK SCIENCE is not just to dupe and ridicule people for the viewersâ€™ amusement, although thatâ€™s an added benefit, of course. Each segment ofPRANK SCIENCE is built around a remarkable piece of science; then the team invites unsuspecting members of the public (or â€œtest subjectsâ€) to be a part of it. Whether itâ€™s exploring the worldâ€™s strongest superglue or testing human psychology by seeing exactly how much abuse people will put up with at the hands of an authority figureâ€¦PRANK SCIENCE takes practical jokes to a new extreme!
PRANK SCIENCE is helmed by special effects wizard Brendan Callaghan and comedy actor Morgan Waters. A master of SFX for hidden camera pranks, Callaghanâ€™s expertise ranges from creating life-like monsters to massive air cannon pyrotechnics. His partner-in-prank, Waters, is a three-time Gemini Award-winning comedian, actor and writer who loves nothing more than watching ridiculous situations collide with real-life reactions. Together â€“ and joined by a cadre of PRANK conspirators â€“ these prank masters don disguises, create false realities and benignly misrepresent themselves to baffled members of the publicâ€¦for the sake of science.
In the September 19 premiere episode, one test subjectâ€™s career as an infomercial host takes a turn for the worse. On his very first day on the job, he discovers that the miracle health shake heâ€™s endorsing causes a dangerous parasite to grow inside anyone who drinks itâ€¦ after consuming it himself. Also, the team uses waterproof sand to cheat their way into â€“ and win â€“ a sandcastle-building competition; and a maintenance workerâ€™s day goes horribly wrong when she accidentally sets her boss on fire (donâ€™t panicâ€¦itâ€™s actually a stuntman covered in a special fire-retardant gel â€“ but definitely not a prank to try at home!).
Other PRANK highlights this season:
- Using a few LED lights and whatâ€™s called an infinity mirror, the team convinces a terrified subject that aliens have landed on Earth.
- The team hijacks and remotely controls a golf cart using only a smart phone, creating havoc on the course.
- An aspiring actor eats poppy seed cake on the set of a police training video, which triggers a fail on his drug test….for heroin!