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"David after Dentist": YouTube star wants to get even richer through video auction


"David after Dentist," the video with a hallucinating child, received millions of clicks on YouTube - and made a lot of money for a US family. Now the rights are being auctioned.

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Scene from "David after Dentist": The clip from 2009 is one of the most famous YouTube videos

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Very few people like to go to the dentist.

Such a trip can produce real video gold, as in the case of "David after Dentist".

Because his wife had to work, a father named David DeVore recorded a trip to a dentist on film in 2008, where their son, who is also called David, had a tooth pulled - his first operation, including anesthesia.

The boy should also be able to watch the videos about the procedure later, the father said.

However, David DeVore also posted one of his clips online.

He uploaded it to Facebook and finally to YouTube: The video shows little David going through a kind of drug intoxication after treatment.

"Is this real life?" The son asks his audibly amused father, who is filming him in the back seat, or "Why is this happening to me here?" And "Is this forever now"?

At one point David thinks he has two fingers, after which he counts four.

Once he suddenly starts screaming to emphasize that he doesn't feel tired.

His feeling of not being able to see anything also only lasts for a very short time.

A real YouTube hit

It is a rollercoaster of emotions that hit Google's video platform like a bomb: within three days the video with the title "David after Dentist" was viewed over three million times; to date, it has received 140 million views. And already in 2010, with 54 million clicks, it was said that the family had brought in a "low six-figure sum" for the video. The clip had opened up multiple sources of money for the DeVores, from stake in YouTube's advertising revenue, to royalties for uses of the video elsewhere, to merchandising like t-shirts and stickers. There were also television appearances that made the video even better known.

How much exactly may have stuck with father and son over the years: These days there could still be a considerable reference.

Because David, in this case the son, is auctioning the clip as a so-called "Non-Fungible Token" (NFT) on the Foundation platform.


AreaNFTs, Non-Fungible Tokens expand

Non-Fungible Token (NFT) means something like "non-exchangeable token".

These are one-time certificates of ownership for digital goods.

They are stored in a forgery-proof wallet on a blockchain.

The certificates refer to the respective original file.

Unlike the certificates, however, these are not copy-protected.

The certified files can be reproduced in the same way as any digital file, but only the NFT owners "own" the respective original.

Unfold the ether area

Ether, or ETH for short, is the name of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

The underlying system with its own blockchain is called Ethereum.

It has existed since 2015.

Expand blockchain area

A continuously expandable list of cryptographically linked data blocks.

In other words: a decentralized, i.e. distributed over many computers and thus forgery-proof digital cash book.

Expand Smart Contract area

While the Bitcoin blockchain only allows Bitcoin transactions, Ethereum offers the possibility of concluding smart contracts and thus linking transactions to certain conditions.

These are programs that run themselves automatically as soon as the conditions specified in them are met.

You can find out more about this here.

AreaWallet unfold

The English word for wallet is used to describe a device or program that is used to manage cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ether.

The virtual money itself is not stored in it, however, it is in the respective blockchain under the public addresses of the owners.

Wallets only contain the cryptographic keys to access them.

Gas opening area

The English word for fuel expresses the computing power that is required for every operation - for example a transaction or the execution of a smart contract - in Ethereum.

Those who provide this computing power are paid with gas.

You can find out more about this here.

Open area

Like euro pieces, NFTs have to be “minted”.

In this case, that means: The smart contract, in which the creators, properties and sales conditions of an NFT are programmed, is written into the blockchain and thus documented in an unchangeable and publicly viewable manner.


I'm David from the viral YouTube video ›David After Dentist‹ «, the 20-year-old, who is studying computer science at the University of Florida, introduces himself during his auction.

“I was the crazy kid in the back seat of the car after dental surgery with the famous phrase

Is this real life?

“DeVore also referred to the auction on Tuesday on the YouTube channel that his father had set up, but that video only got around 430 views.

The highest bid for the NFT is currently the equivalent of 6,250 euros, but the auction will run until at least Friday evening German time (according to "The Verge" it can be extended due to late bids). A significant jump in prices can be assumed, the prices of other NFTs for network classics such as the Nyan Cat usually ended up in the range of a few hundred thousand euros.

When asked, the father made no secret of what attracted the family to the auction.

"The elephant in the room" is that it is hard to ignore the dollars that selling the video could bring, he told "Buzzfeed."

David is studying and he has a son who will start soon.

The father also emphasized that he was fascinated by the subject of NFTs.

"In ten years we'll be overwhelmed with what we can do," he said.

"Imagine if we had been able to turn David's video into a token in 2009."

David DeVore Jr. follows the "Disaster Girl"

The "David after Dentist" auction is not the first in which some kind of involuntary child star has auctioned a kind of owner certificate for the original content that made him famous. Just a few days ago, the so-called "Disaster Girl", whose real name is Zoe Roth, made headlines around the world. Roth, now 21, had a popular meme template, which she shows as a four-year-old with a mischievous grin in front of a burning house, as an NTF (more on this here) - also on the Foundation platform. The auction ended with a price of the equivalent of 340,000 euros.

Incidentally, according to Roth, who is 21 today, it was her first time making money with the iconic photo on which numerous accident and disaster memes are based.

The proceeds are now to be shared within Roth's family: Her father, who took the photo in 2005 and posted it on the Internet in 2007, is also being considered.

Zoe Roth has already announced that she will donate her part of the sum to a good cause.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2021-05-08

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