Q: How did Candid Camera get started?
A: When Allen Funt was in the Army in the mid-1940's, it was his job to
record the messages of servicemen to be sent to their folks back home. Things
always went well in rehearsal, but when the red light came on for the actual taping,
the men often became tongue-tied. The solution? Allen simply disconnected the
red light and secretly recorded the GIs during rehearsal. After the Army, Allen
put the hidden-recording concept to work as a radio show called Candid Microphone.
The very next year, 1948, it had its debut as Candid Camera on TV!
Q: Where do the ideas come from?
A: Most ideas come from Peter Funt and the Candid Camera staff. But ideas
are accepted from viewers. Click here for details.
Q: Do people have to give permission to be shown on TV?
A: Absolutely. Everyone photographed for Candid Camera is asked to sign
a release. If for any reason they don't wish to sign, the footage is destroyed.
However, 99 percent of the people caught eagerly give their permission. For most,
it's a once-in-a-lifetime treat to actually be told: "Smile! You're on Candid
Q: What's the wildest stunt you've ever tried?
A: A few years ago we had a skydiver come through the roof of a building!
Recently, Peter created an elevator that actually moves sideways rather than up
and down! And over the years there have been cars that split in half and a disappearing
building! Candid Camera is at its best when it offers a combination of wild ideas
as well as the simpler studies of human nature.
Q: Why don't people recognize Dina and Peter in the gags?
A: Sometimes they wear disguises - a hat, glasses, or a wig - but the truth
is, people don't expect to see TV performers out of context. When you go to pick
up your dry cleaning, you never think that someone from television will be behind
the counter. Besides, it's Candid Camera's job to distract people with whatever
challenge is planned. By the time they stop and think about who they're dealing
with - it's too late!
Q: Why do you always tell people to "look at the yellow light"?
A: We hide our camera behind a piece of glass onto which we project a colored
light. Usually we use yellow light, but sometimes it's another color. Most people
notice the light - but they have no idea that it's hiding a TV camera.
Q: What do Peter and Dina do in their free time?
A: They both spend as much time as possible playing their favorite sport
golf. Peter has had the pleasure of joining Dina's husband, Clint, in the AT&T
Pro-Am. Dina, meanwhile, hosts her own charity golf tournament each summer, "The
Eagle Invitational." Both Peter and Dina travel a lot doing "Candid Camera" sequences
across the U.S.
Q: How can I arrange to have a friend caught by Candid Camera?
A: You can't! We don't catch people by appointment. We're only interested
in the next person who happens to walk through the door or around the corner.
As we often say: "You go your way, and we'll go your way too. And you might just
be the star of our next show."