When YouTubers aren’t flying in $21,000 first class seats or recreating Mad Max with go-karts and paintballs, they’re out showing lazy costumers how it’s done on Halloween. Jesse Wellens and Carmella Rose easily nabbed this year’s award for Most Dedicated Dressing Up with their Star Wars-inspired takeover of New York City.
Dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, the duo hit the streets of Manhattan on a custom Star Wars Speeder Bike built by Lithium Cycles, much to the delight of the city’s usually unperturbable and stone-faced citizens. Behind the camera is Casey Neistat, another YouTube fixture who’s known for occasionally snowboarding through the Big Apple.
Neistat uploaded a behind the scenes look at how the “levitating” bike was made and the difficulties in pulling the stunt off.
Lithium Cycles also posted a peek at the production process. The Speeder was constructed using a Super 73 electric bike. Lead designer Ian Chambers, together with a team of carpenters, woodworkers, and other artisans, created an outer body frame with mirrors ingeniously used to hide the wheels and create the illustion of levitation. Get a backstage pass to the build below.
This is not the first time Wellens and Neistat have teamed up for a Halloween spectacle. Previous adventures include turning a Boosted Board into Aladdin’s magic carpet and investing in a lot of body paint to become the Silver Surfer.