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It is certainly one of the funniest television pranks we have seen in a long time, and, unfortunately for the victims, it is also the most terrifying.

Brazilian show Programa Silvio set up an elaborate hoax for its victims, where they are joined in an elevator by a spooky guest – think The Shining crossed with Poltergeist.

The reactions are hilarious, although we are not sure the victims themselves think it is quite so funny.