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Corey Harris
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I second the Nomination
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Ok bill, that one has me, ROTFLMAO?
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Rolling on the floor laughing my A** off
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I know it is kinda of the point but it someone stands accross the room and tosses a bullet at me I can catch it in my mouth but not with my teeth. I did it four times and by accident swallowed one so I am of to the store to purchase some laxatives. Back in a while.
Before I go you can add my vote to the nomination.
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Believe it or not, I was contacted by Mythbusters at my place of work and asked several questions about different apparatus used in the illusion.( I work for a special effects comapny)I explained that there were several ways of doing it but I didn't want to get into eaxact details. I was very skeptical that anyone doing this episode wouldnt be exposing the bit. The lady I talked too assured me that this was not their intention , but rather to educate about man's ability to catch a bullet and that they were going to build some sort of big jaws or robotic contraption to demo it and then have a magician perform the illusion. She asked if I had ever performed it and if I wouldbe ineterested in doing it. I declined. All I could see was flash backs of that idiot Flambino, Valentia, El Stupido or whatever his name was. Did anyone see it? was it potrayed as an illusion and is the secret safe?
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Mythbusters portrayed the effect as fact...the actual act of catching a fully charged bullet between the teeth. They focused on timing...by trying to snatch paintballs fired at them. Then they focused on the act of physically catching a bullet between the teeth by using a pig skull & jaw hooked to a manually and computer-operated pneumatic system. They closed using genuine dentures and solid steel teeth & jaw. In every experiment they used full charge lead and copper jacketed rounds. It was interesting to watch, but they approached the entire theory as a physics challenge rather than a magic illusion. In fact, the "illusion" of catching a bullet was only very briefly touched on and then only in passing. I actually found it one of their most boring episodes...and I love the Mythbusters...and the "secrets" remain untarnished.
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I agree about the episode being boring Skip. The two original 'mythbusters' weren't even the ones that tested the myth, instead they handed it off to the younger members of the crew. I guess it wasn't worth their time!
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The woman from New York's Magic Towne House mentioned above was Dorothy Dietrich. She did do the bullet catch in a special metal cup several times under test conditions. That is rifle inspected, bullets purchased and brought in under guard by a committee, bullet picked out by them, placed by them in the rifle and fired through a pane of glass that was also inspected along with its holder. There is a chapter on her in Ben Robinson's "Thirteen have Died" the story of the bullet catch. Photos can be found at http://BulletCatch.com and http://Houdini.org

She did it for the yearly International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention, once for Donald Trump's anniversary of the opening of Atlantic City Resorts International. Once for "You Asked For It" with Rich Little, and once for the CBC TV in Canada for one of three performances on "Autobus du Canada" from Montreal. Some of these samw performances also appeared on "Just For The Record. the best of everything," Montel Williams, and many local and national newscasts. Possibly also on Evening Magazine and Real People.

She is currently running and performing at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, and performs for trade shows, industrials, private events.

You can get more info on wikopedia, and she is mentiioned in Columbia University Press Encylopedia as one of the most notable magicians of the late 20th century along with Harry Blackstone, Jr, Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield and several others.

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I think the bullet catch using real bullets really be fired at them should be done by those heavily into self levitations.
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For those who may be interested, the title of the book by Ben Robinson is "Twelve Have Died". It does have a chapter entitled "WomEN Who Dared".

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