Orangutan has priceless reaction to a simple magic trick

Does putting a chestnut in a coffee cup, attaching the lid, and removing the chestnut while holding the cup out of view count as magic? If you’re a zoo orangutan watching it happen, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.”

But don’t take our word for it. Watch the orangutan’s reaction for yourself and remember what true wonder is like: basically, strong enough to knock you over.

Somebody buy this ape a top hat and a deck of cards and he’ll be headlining in Vegas before you know it.Screengrab via Dan Zaleski/YouTube

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'