September 14, 2021: A video of a boy seemingly sitting in a pot of boiling water has gone viral on social media, with many calling it fake. In the 30-second clip, which has now garnered over one lakh views, a little boy is calmly sitting with folded hands in a large container placed on the fire.Despite the water boiling in the vessel, the boy seems completely unaffected by the heat. “This is 2021 India,” tweeted user @iSandeepBisht while sharing the viral clip.
While the onlookers in the clip seem both shocked and impressed by the stunt, netizens were quick to call the video fake. While one user explained that a water pump was used to create the illusion of boiling water, another stated that it was a common magic trick with a simple scientific explanation.
This is 2021 India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/iSE0xDeGgP— Sandeep Bisht (@iSandeepBisht) September 7, 2021
“This is cheating of the highest order..no way that there is no steam being produced or the petals not being disturbed in the pot,” wrote another.
While it is not clear when and where the video was shot, a longer version of the clip was posted on YouTube in 2019 along with a title that read, “Boy sitting in a bowl filled with boiling water with fire under it.”