Aussie pranksters score internet hit

MILES GODFREY
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2013

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Australia's latest answer to America's Jackass pranksters have announced themselves to the world - by jumping onto a cactus, supergluing their lips shut and setting each other on fire.

The Children of Poseidon are three mates from Perth whose videos of their wince-inducing, eye-watering stunts have gained a huge following on the internet.

Their latest escapade, Cactus Bodyslam, features one of the group, Jeffabel, jumping semi-naked onto a large cactus plant before his mates, Daniel and Michael, haul him off and reveal his bloodied back full of spines.

Cactus Bodyslam, which gained more than 500,000 views on YouTube in two days, is a follow-up to the group's Cactus Grab video in which Jeffabel and Daniel each grab a cactus and see who can hold on the longest.

Other Children of Poseidon videos have featured the group setting each other on fire, launching themselves from shopping trollies, eating cat food and on one occasion, supergluing Daniel's lips shut.

Along the way there's been plenty of injuries, a couple of arrests and just a little vomiting.

"Our mates love it, local people love what we do and obviously at first our families were a little concerned but they realise now we aren't giving it up anytime soon," Michael, 18, told AAP.

The group, which always warns others not to copy their antics, are the latest answer to America's Jackass pranksters, whose crazy stunts launched them to worldwide fame and several feature-length movies.

Melbourne's Janoskians have also gained a cult following for their internet videos featuring pranks and mockumentaries.

The Children of Poseidon are hoping their videos catapult them to similar fame.

"Our long term goal is to definitely eventually have a TV show and get sponsors and some funding behind us," Michael added.

"We have come this far without any of that so imagine if we had the ability to do larger-scale stunts, we have been looking into a roll cage for our 'stunt car' but they cost a couple thousand dollars."

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