This Tom Cruise magic trick video is confusing everyone. Is it actually Tom Cruise?
Over the past few weeks, a series of videos of Tom Cruise have been appearing on TikTok. First, he was playing golf, then he was showing off is house, and now he’s doing a magic trick, except it’s not actually him.
The likeness to the 58-year-old is uncanny, but it turns out it’s actually an impersonator. The TikTok user is using a process called ‘deepfaking’, and it’s scaring everyone on TikTok.
A Tom Cruise impersonator is taking over TikTok
A TikTok account called @deeptomcruise emerged in February and it’s been getting a lot of attention on the social media app.
The profile posts Tom Cruise deepfake videos, which are essentially impersonations that look scarily like the Hollywood actor, but aren’t actually him.
A deepfake is a media process that involves taking an existing image or video and replacing it with someone else’s likeness. So, they are faking the content but making it look scarily real using editing techniques to edit Tom Cruise’s real face and voice onto a look-a-like.
Four Tom Cruise deepfake videos have been posted so far, and the latest one to catch everyone’s eye is the magic trick video, but why?
Watch this Tom Cruise Magic Trick video
A video that was posted at the end of February is currently going viral on TikTok, and it sees the Tom Cruise impersonator doing a magic trick.
It’s a pretty average magic trick, the one where you hold a coin before making it disappear and revealing your empty palm.
“I’m going to show you some magic. It’s the real thing. I mean, it’s all the real thing,” he said, but he wasn’t just talking about the coin.
The Tom Cruise deepfake was trying to trick his followers into believing that he is actually the real Tom Cruise, and it certainly fooled some people.
One person commented: “This has to be Tom Cruise pretending to be Tom Cruise pretending not to be Tom Cruise.”
“I actually think it’s him because of his teeth. His front teeth aren’t in line with his nose, which is a known fact about Tom,” wrote another.
Another person said: “I don’t know what’s going on. How is this not Tom Cruise?”
People still can’t believe that it isn’t actually Tom Cruise, and I don’t think they ever will.
Who is behind the Tom Cruise deepfakes?
If you’re a fan of the Tom Cruise deepfake videos, the people you need to thank are Miles Fisher and Christopher Ume.
Miles is a famous actor who’s been in a number of TV shows and films including Mad Menand Final Destination. The 37-year-old was born in Dallas and attended Harvard University, but he now lives in Los Angeles.
In the 2008 film Superhero Movie, he parodied Tom Cruise, which is perhaps where the idea for the Tom Cruise deepfakes originated.
Miles has a very strong resemblance to Tom Cruise in real life, so he joined forces with Belgian visual effects artist Christopher Ume who used deepfake technology to make the videos seem even more realistic.