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TV Russian roulette 'faked'

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bruce in West Oz, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. Bruce in West Oz

    Bruce in West Oz Member

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    http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7497938%5E13762,00.html
     
  2. C.R.Sam

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    Pretty good odds that he right about that if no shield twixt muzzle n head.
    Or gun altered so as to not blow out from the muzzle.

    Sam
     
  3. Archie

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    Bruce, please don't be offended.

    This article confirms what I knew already.

    No television station is going to risk showing someone blowing their brains out. (Even in Great Britain, that would be negligent homicide.) The police of any jurisdiction are not going to allow it. The magician or illusionist (save a fruit loop) is not going to risk his life; just make it look like it.

    Then again, using a blank against your head is not very smart, either.

    But I still believe David Copperfield really walked through the Great Wall of China. I saw it on television.
     
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    "There was no live ammunition involved, and at no time was anyone at risk,"

    Tell that to John Erik Hexum, who blew his brains out with a blank...
     
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    The so-called "stunt" set an extremely bad example for impressionable youngsters.
     
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    Yeah, I was a kid and I really liked that goofy spy show he was on at the time.

    I felt even worse when Brandon Lee was killed - aparently by a blank round propelling a slug that was lodged in the cylinder after a prop change.

    "all guns are always loaded..."

    I really dislike the way Hollywood makes "blanks" seem like nothing more than pop-caps for toys.
     
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    "The so-called "stunt" set an extremely bad example for impressionable youngsters."

    But it does ratchet up the potential for a lot of entrants in the Darwin Award "under 21" categories...
     
  8. Bruce in West Oz

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    Archie

    No offence taken, mate -- I couldn't agree with you more. I think anyone who believed the ammo in the firearm was "real" was simply redefining the word "gullible". :D

    Bruce
     
  9. slacker

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    I watched Penn and Teller fire 357s at each other at a live stage show in Dallas a few years ago. They caught the bullets with their teeth. Do I believe it was real? No- how could it be? . Was it entertaining? yes- I was baffled.

    Here's someone else's account of that trick.
    http://www.donath.org/Rants/PennTellerBulletTrick/
     
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    Many, many years ago [1920s] a Chinese magician used to do a bullet-catching trick nightly on stage here. One night he was shot dead doing it. Robert Churchill, the gunsmith, who routinely acted for the police in firearms cases in the era, was called in to examine the gun.
    The magician would get a member of the audience up on stage to load the gun with powder and ball and make an identifying mark on the bullet. The magician's assistant would fire the gun, the magician would 'catch' in his teeth, and exhibit the bullet to another member of the audience to verify that it was the marked bullet. The gun, a double-barrelled muzzleloader, proved on examination to have no communication between the nipples and the chambers. Underneath the barrels was a third smaller barrel which, on a casual glance, appeared to be a rod pipe and which contained the ramrod. This, pre-loaded with a blank charge, was the one which had a channel to the nipples. The assistant would take the ramrod from the 'mark' after he had finished loading and casually set it on one side. The 'caught' bullet was concealed in the magician's mouth beforehand and because two different people were called on to examine the before and after bullets they never had a chance to compare notes.
    What went wrong was that the magician had been nightly in the habit of unscrewing the breech plugs to recover the bullets without using a worm. Performed repeatedly this loosened the plug threads enough to allow a fine dust of powder to migrate down the threads and the flashover from the caps did the rest.
     
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