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Mannequin prank; who's real and who's not at "The Gap"

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NEW YORK - Imagine walking into a store and the mannequins start coming alive!

The wild prank was engineered by a New York Improv Club, but the group ended up in handcuffs!

FOX 10 Skyped with the group's leader Wednesday to hear more about how they engineered the elaborate event!
"It's a real person all over there," said a customer.
Mannequins came to life and popped up where they're not expected at this gap store on Manhattan's fifth avenue.

The stunt by performance artists left shoppers and workers wondering who's real and who's a mannequin?

"I was like what is going on," said a customer.

"Customers and employees trying to figure out which mannequins were real and which ones were not," said Charlie Todd.

Charlie Todd the head of New York City's "Improv Everywhere" explains how his group pulled off this elaborate stunt at the gap.

"For this project I had 40 people dressed in gap clothing with a morph suit a morph suit is one of those full body suits," said Todd.

The body morph suits were hidden underneath their clothes!

"Then at the exact second everyone zipped up their faces giving everyone a white face like a mannequin," he said.

The performance only lasted a few minutes, long enough to cause smiles and surprises.
"The goal was to create this surreal, strange moment," he said.
But it also caused confusion when GAP store security called 911.
"Police thought they were responding to a robbery, so they started handcuffing all of the mannequins quickly which was a chaotic scene a much bigger disturbance than we were creating," said Todd.
It was his second time in handcuffs for a public performance.

But Charlie says once police realized what was going on, everyone who was detained got released, and the group apologized.

The GAP did not press charges.

"Improv Everywhere" has staged a couple hundred stunts in public spaces.

In the past dozen years one of them featured 200 people standing still in Manhattan's Grand Central Station, the video of that prank logged 30 million views!
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