It was a dare that could only end in disaster – and a lot of pain.
Footage posted on YouTube on Saturday shows a young shirtless WA man, who introduces himself as Jeffabel, shrieking in agony after body-slamming a cactus.
His friends rush to drag him from the plant, where he lies in hysterics after taking a run up from a car roof and launching himself into its spines.
"Pull my legs over, f--king pull my legs over," he begs.
His two friends scramble to remove the sharp spikes embedded in his back.
Despite his screams, Jeffabel is no stranger to pain.
He is a member of Children of Poseidon, a group of stuntmen who throw themselves into painful and dangerous situations for the sake of entertaining their fans.
Jeffabel, who does not want to reveal his real identity, said the group had promised fans that one of their members would perform a cactus body-slam if they managed to get 3000 likes on Facebook.
They posted the video on the page yesterday, describing the latest stunt as "one of the most painful things ever".
The group has posted a number of stunt videos and requests for ideas since launching their Facebook page last year.
Last week they shared video of another member, known as Danga, visiting a hospital in Perth's north-eastern suburbs with his lips super-glued together.
Jeffabel said the group was driven by a desire to entertain and said not all their stunts were as extreme as the latest.
"Some involve pain and some don't," he said.
"We want to keep our fans entertained."
He said the worst injury he had sustained in a stunt was getting set on fire by accident, which happened when he jumped off a ladder onto a burning table.
"In the early days we didn't think through our stunts as much," he said.
The group started off small but Jeffabel said it had grown in popularity and now received a lot of support.
Author: Fiona Willan, Approving editor: Mark Worley