Leonard, from Rhode Island, has more than 822,000 Vine followers, and this Vine has been shared more than 146,000 times.
Leonard told BuzzFeed how he created the illusion: “It’s a simple trick of the camera, which further simulates an amazing illusion. I first had younger cousin dive off of the diving board. When in the air, I reached my hand out as if I was going to pick him out of the air, and suddenly I cut the film. Then, as he got out of the water, I resumed the video finishing the same motion as before. This embodies the act of my making him disappear into my fist. I then turned the camera too my left, and threw my hand forward as if I were throwing a ball. I cut the video while in motion and had my cousin stand in front of me and dive into the water again. Then as he got into the air, I resumed the shot and finished out my hand motion, which made it look like I was throwing him.
When it’s all said and done, the Vine looks like me grabbing my cousin out of the air mid-dive, and throwing him to a different part of the pool than he originally planned to go. A few simple cuts of video and it my creativity comes to life through my Vines.”