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January 21, 2013

Va student's invisible driving video gets him seen


Hossain said the idea for the car-seat prank was sparked from an image he came across while surfing the Internet.

"I'd seen an image of a guy who'd actually had a car-seat costume similar to what I built," Hossain said. "He was sitting in the driver's seat with the disguise on, and in the caption it said, 'Keep your arms low, keep very still and enjoy all the looks you're gonna get.'

"I thought, 'Wow. That's a very good idea. How can we implement this into a prank video?' "

Hossain, who has posted close to 100 other prank videos on YouTube under the name "Magic of Rahat," immediately went to work on the car-seat costume. After it was completed, Hossain realized that driving in it could be dangerous.

"My vision was reduced to 20 to 30 percent," Hossain said. "I didn't want to jeopardize anybody's life with a prank."

Once he widened the visibility of the costume's face piece, Hossain was ready to try the prank. He figured pulling up at a drive-through window, a short distance, would be safe.

With several cars ahead of him, Hossain positioned the costume so that he could easily "throw it on" after he placed his order. Hossain aligned the steering wheel, moving it a little to the right in case the car veered left, so that he wouldn't sideswipe the building.

But in case he needed to grab the wheel, Hossain had made a special "trap door" compartment for his hand. Meanwhile, his foot was on the brake the entire time. He lifted it once the cars ahead of him were gone and coasted to the drive-through window.

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