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Sam Tsui ’11 & Kurt Schneider ’10

First there was Perez Hilton, the celebrity blogger, who tweeted in August about a Michael Jackson tribute video put together by a pair of Yale undergrads. Now comes ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, reporting that “a couple of million folks have been wowed” by the YouTube efforts of Sam Tsui ’11 and Kurt Schneider ’10. Tsui, a member of the Duke’s Men, and Schneider, his video-whiz producer, have been buddies since high school. What makes their MJ medley stand out are the video editing tricks, by dint of which Tsui appears to take the stage at each of six microphones, all at the same time, and sing all six parts. “Making it look effortless—that’s what it’s all about,” Schneider tells ABC News. You don’t have to be a math major like Schneider to see that the video has tallied more than 2 million views. As a result, Tsui told Gibson, “I’m walking down the street and people are like, ‘You’re that—you’re that guy who does the video!’”

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