Mythbusters -- Bullet Catch

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Postby Adam Brooks » 02/01/06 07:12 PM

There's a new episode of Mythbusters on the Discovery channel at this very moment, where they are testing if catching a bullet in one's teeth is actually a feasible notion.

All magic jokes aside, it's sure to be an interesting watch. It will likely be in reruns over the next couple of weeks; it is listed on the website as the "Helium Football" episode -- the one other myth they explore in this episode.
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Postby magicam » 02/01/06 07:30 PM

"testing if catching a bullet in one's teeth is actually a feasible notion"

No attack on Adam here, but that sounds like it should be on the Comedy channel instead, since it seems kinda like testing to see if a human freefalling off a 30 story building will in fact suffer from broken bones....

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Postby Robert Allen » 02/01/06 09:09 PM

Don't laugh too hard. About 30 years ago the Wild World of Sports featured a German guy who "caught bullets with his teeth." He was using a .22 single shot rifle and the standard holder for a pane of glass between him and shooter. Bullet was marked, etc. He got a big buildup about how he'd been shot a few times, had teeth replaced, etc. At the end of the clip they mentioned that after filming he'd been killed doing this 'feat'.
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Postby John LeBlanc » 02/01/06 09:45 PM

Anyone remember the television show That's Incredible? A magician named Carl Skenes did a bullet catch. I seem to recall the guy sort of missed and his lip was bleeding after the catch.

UPDATE: Gotta love Google. Here's a Wiki article that mentions the Linking Ring:

And there's an interview: ... ullet.html

And the guy's web site:

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Postby Guest » 02/01/06 09:52 PM

I remember the episode of That's Incredible with the bullet catch, and yes he was bleeding a little afterwards. I seem to remember he was using a bullet with reduced powder?

Postby Bill Duncan » 02/01/06 10:29 PM

The "German fellow" was Ralf Bialla see Master Payne's post on the Cafe... ... b48b65f26b
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Postby Tony Brent » 02/01/06 11:00 PM

We gave Carl Skenes permission to do the bullet catch in our dinner theater in Orlando for the Ripley's Believe It Or Not TV show and at the last minute a producer pulled the plug when he found out it was REAL.

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Postby Guest » 02/01/06 11:04 PM

There's a site called which reproduces a Ripleys's cartoon, which says

"Magician Carl Skenes, of Myrtle Beach, S. C., using a metal and plastic mouthpiece catches a bullet, fired by his wife, Tina, in his mouth.
The metal and plastic mouthpiece, and perhaps .22 caliber ammunition of the mildest kind, makes really catching a bullet a possible, but very dangerous, stunt.

This may be what
Dorothy Dietrich does, too.

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