There is something amazing about the things that Tyler Toney can do. I don’t say
“miraculous” — even though that’s probably more accurate — because that word
has ceased to mean very much around those of us who use it to describe things that
aren’t impossible. But I assure you, some of the things Tyler Toney can do should not
be possible. I’m talking about things like draining a basketball shot from a moving
airplane, or from 500+ feet at Reunion Tower in Dallas, or from above the cheap
seats in Texas’ AT&T stadium. Now, I don’t need to convince you he’s done these
things because you may have already seen them. Millions of people have...
Tyler is a member and co-founder of Dude Perfect, a Texas-based group best known
for their spectacular and creative trick shots. In five years, these five best friends
(and one panda) have gone from filming games of HORSE in their backyard to a
media brand with its own iPhone game, book, and more than 268 million Youtube
views. They’ve been featured on TSN, ESPN, NBC, MTV, and Fox and worked with
brands like Gatorade and GMC. Yet, as impressive as some of these shots may be,
their success may be attributable to something else — something that’s less about
the performance and more about their natural chemistry. It’s their infectious energy
— the way they bounce around like kids after too many sweets — and their genuine
joy in doing these incredible things makes it so entertaining.
Now, they’ve expanded their repertoire with the insanely successful stereotypes
series (where they parody the different types of people you may see at the gym, the
golf course, or the movies) and turned these videos into careers for themselves. I
don’t know if that’s miraculous, but it’s certainly amazing.
LIA: I wanted to start off with kind of a stupid question but how do you do it? The
Tyler (DP): Yeah it’s kind of crazy how it caught on because looking back, it felt
like our first videos were really unimpressive. You know, something anyone could
do. But then we started brainstorming and thinking about how to take these shots
to the next level. I was a quarterback in high school, so I’ve naturally got a bit of a
stronger arm and pretty good-sized hands. I can palm the basketball and throw it
like a football so I kind of use that to make those shots happen.
LIA: Yeah but even some of the other ones. I mean, there’s one where you’re
in a stadium and you teed up a basketball and hit it with a baseball bat into a
By: Tristan Bronca
A conversation with (probably) You Tube’s greatest trick shot group
on their meteoric rise to success, entertainment, and their faith.