A chimpanzee watching a magician

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Above is a video from a Japanese TV show of a chimp watching magic tricks. The chimp doesn't dial into all of the tricks, but it has amazing reaction to those tricks that it does understand. I wonder if a dog would fall for the glass full of water trick?


Borepatch said...


It makes me wonder whether they might have souls. That looks like the level of intelligence you'd get in a toddler.

ambisinistral said...

Yeah. you can never tell how much an animal's handler is controlling its reactions, but it sure looks like the chimp is curious and involved throughout the entire process.

Its reaction to the glass not being in the paper when he squashes it is pretty amazing, from its initial surprise to the glass not being there to it looking around to try figure out where the glass went.

Knucklehead said...

Couldn't help wondering if it was training rather than reactions but it was very entertaining either way.