Nov. 27, 2012— -- Brazilian variety show Programa Silvio Santos aired a 'pegadinha' – prank in Portuguese – on Sunday that's gone viral all over the world, despite the language difference.
But then you don't need to understand Portuguese to follow what's happening in this ultra-freaky video. In it, a person walks into an elevator. Suddenly, the elevator stops, the lights go off and, unbeknownst to the passenger, a ghostly girl crawls in via a side panel. When the lights come back on, she usually screams, sometimes the passenger screams, and let's just say a few emotional scars are created in the process.
Silvio Santos is the TV host of the show that aired the prank and owner of SBT , the channel that airs the show.
The prank itself is very similar to one that was done by Just For Laughs in June. The resemblance should come as no surprise for those who have followed SBT's trajectory. Santos is a fan of producing his own version of popular shows like The Biggest Loser and Wheel of Fortune for his channel.
So, yes, having a little girl that looks like a character out of The Ring scare people may not be the most original idea. That said, after watching the video, don't be surprised if you feel the need to do a quick sweep of the side panels in the next elevator you ride.