At PrankVideos.tv, we consider the old Candid Camera show with Allen Funt to be the original prank video show. It’s possible that Thomas Edison pulled a prank on one of his assistants when he shot the first movie (Hey, look over there!) and then bragged about to all his inventor buddies via telegraph, but Funt is the one who brought pranking to the mainstream.
Here’s a classic from the 1950s where the show rigged a bowling alley to have the pins just fall over for some bowlers and not move for others. Classic reactions from people.
Now THAT’S a prank.