Originally posted by -=tabman:
...when i was on the road with kozak i tried to get him to do my version of the buillet catch but the clubs didnt want...liability. when jeff busby was my exclusive dealer he refused to market my cap and ball set for the same liability reasons. when we did the human cannonball some years ago....it was the same thing, liability. i had to show the track owner that it was actually a trick and no one could possible get hurt.
I first performed my version of the Bullet Catch, wherein I actually catch a live bullet in my mouth, in April, 1980. Since then, I've performed this act in the US, South America, and Japan and have never had the issue of liability become a deal-breaker. I always provided my clients, cast and crew with a signed, legally binding, liability release which absolved any involved from all liability for any mishap during the performance of the act. Of course, during contract negotiations for the act I always stressed the precautions we took to make the performance as safe as possible for both the audience and myself.
Lest anyone misconstrue the above statement, I will be the first to admit that the Bullet Catch is pretty damn dangerous. I should know since, among a few hundred performances, I've been wounded three times while performing this act.
But oh, the rush one gets when everything goes as planned.