Smith & Forge’s experiential prank shocks Muscle Beach


One of the greatest strengths of experiential campaigns is the power to have a lasting impact.

As well as creating memorable face-to-face experiences for the original participants, experiential stunts can also be a great platform for social sharing when captured on film.

US-based cider brand Smith & Forge has captured our attention with an amusing prank in a video that’s been shared by millions of people across the world.Smith__Forge_image_1.jpg

Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California has been a hub of physical fitness since 1934. Famous across the world, fitness aficionados have been visiting the hallowed beach to train for nearly a century. But this month, bodybuilders at the beach were surprised when an unexpected guest popped by for a workout.

Working with a Hollywood make-up artist, Smith & Forge transformed professional CrossFit Games competitor Kenneth Leverich to look like an 84-year-old man. Complete with white hair, wrinkles and a cardigan, Leverich’s makeup was incredibly realistic.


The brand then sent Leverich down to the beach for a workout. Convincingly playing the part of a surprisingly spry pensioner, Leverich puts Muscle Beach regulars to shame with incredible feats of strength – all in front of an ever-more-amazed crowd.

With the whole prank captured in a video, it makes for hilarious viewing.  

See for yourself:

The video already had over 27 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours, and two weeks later it’s now been viewed over 80 million times. Now that’s impressive.

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With nearly 30 years of marketing experience, both client and agency side, I’ve acquired a rare perspective on brands and business: I believe you have to challenge things creatively if you want to grow sales. Consumer technology is reshaping our world, and it’s only the great brands that stay on the crest.