Filmmaker Spyros Melaris led the team behind the now infamous footage claiming to show an alien from the 1947 Roswell UFO crash being dissected by medics. (YouTube)
A hoaxer has revealed how he faked an “alien autopsy” using animal organs and pig brains – and managed to fool the world for over a decade.
Filmmaker Spyros Melaris led the team behind the now infamous footage claiming to show an alien from the 1947 Roswell UFO crash being dissected by medics.
The so-called Roswell Autopsy Footage grabbed headlines around the world when it was released by entrepreneur Ray Santilli in 1995.
Santilli claimed he obtained the 17-minute clip from a retired military cameraman while seeking archive material on Elvis Presley.
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In fact, Spyros and his team shot the grainy black and white film in his then girlfriend’s house in Camden, north London — using a foam alien sculpture filled with offal.
It was sold to TV stations in 33 countries and in 2006 inspired comedy sci-fi movie Alien Autopsy.
Now more than two decades on Spyros, who is a top magician, has come clean for the first time.
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Spyros, 56, said: «It was not an easy task and, apart from the look and feel, the film had to be correct in every aspect — the props, the costumes, every little detail.
«I was fortunate to have access to professional filming and editing equipment. More importantly, I also had access to a handful of very talented people.
«For me, ‘The alien autopsy’ film was a challenge. Could it be done?
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“As a magician, I wanted to create the biggest illusion ever performed on a global stage.»
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