Welcome to the new trend that is taking the internet by storm – horsemanning (fake beheading), a popular way of taking pictures in the 1920s.
Horsemanning (also spelt as horsemaning) derives its name and theme from The Headless Horsemen, the evil character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The objective of “Horsemanning” is to make it appear that the head of the person in the photo has been decapitated and lying next to him.
While planking is a solo game, horsemanning encourages social interaction by requiring at least two participants, one lying with their head back and hidden while the other individual hides everything except for their head.
If done correctly, horsemanning produces a brilliant optical illusion much funnier than simply planking and allows for more creativity than other photo-posing fads like planking.
Through their cooperation, they create the illusion that the person lose his/her head nearby, mimicking Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman, but without a horse.