Official Bullet Catch Page
Most dangerous feat in magic! BulletCatch as done by famous Magicians Worldwide including Americans David Blaine-Penn & Teller-Criss Angel- Dorothy Dietrich, others, etc. Explaination & presentation methods & dangers, deaths, killings, failures, injuries, etc.
|20+ Who Died
1500's To The Present
|Suceeded & Lived From 1900
|JEAN-EUGENE ROBERT-HOUDINStopped a revolt with the aid of the bullet catch trick. In September 1856 Robert-Houdin came out of retirement for the French Government, to go to colonial French Algeria to impress locals to quell support for Marabouts, who claimed to be holy men & used magic claiming to be prophets of Allah, to cause discent. The Marabouts used tricks to gain control over a gullable public. Besides duplicating & improving on their tricks he made use of the bullet catch trick to show French magic was stronger. In theater performances he had people fire at him & caught their bullet in an apple on the tip of a sword. When challenged, he caught a bullet in his teeth, & rather than firing back, shot at a wall of a building. Blood began to trickle out the bullet hole. The uprising was deprived of its strength & Robert-Houdin added to the legendary history of the bullet catch trick. Algeria brought magician Jean EugŹne Robert-Houdin out of retirement, shipping him off to colonial French Algeria with the purpose of impressing the local chieftains in order to quell support for the native Maraboutsm who claimed to be holy men and "holy men" who used fakir tricks (glass eating, fire walking, snake charming) to build credibility as prophets of Allah, who used fakir tricks (glass eating, fire walking, snake charming) to build revolt. Robert-Houdin made use of the bullet catch in one of his most famous exploits, the taming of the Marabout uprising in Algeria. The Marabouts were causing dissension in the region by claiming that they were capable of powerful magic and using demonstrations of these powers to generate fear and control over the superstitious public. Robert-Houdin was called upon to demonstrate the superiority of French magic and thus sap the influence of the Marabouts. He allowed people to fire upon him as he caught their bullets in an apple that was stuck on the tip of a sword. Further, when challenged, he caught a bullet fired at him in his teeth, then, rather than firing back at his assailant, he aimed at a wall of a nearby building. His shot hit the wall and blood began to trickle out of the bullet hole. Clearly these were impressive feats, the public was astonished, and the Marabouts were convinced that the French were capable of magic vastly superior to their own. In this way, the uprising was deprived of its motive force, and Robert-Houdin added to the legendary history of the bullet catch.
|Penn & Teller did not invent their version of the Bullet Catch. When they played Jones Hall, they spent some time with BANACHEK at his home. BANACHEK showed them a video of his "Bullet Catch" act. "The gun is fired & I catch the bullet in my teeth. The bullets, markings are checked by the audience members & everyone breathes again." Hearing he no longer performs the act, they bought the "Bullet Catch" for a nice piece of change. "I was compensated well," is the way the BANACHEK put it.
Another historic event. Famous American magician Dorothy Dietrich becomes the first women in history to catch a bullet in her mouth. Each time she has done it, it was done under strict conditions with a commitee from the sponsor of the event instructed to buy the bullets ahead of time, keep them under guard & bring them to the event to assure that live ammunition was in play.
Picture on national TV of first freely chosen sample bullet shot in wall that Dorothy will stand in front of...
This longer 7 minute video has a short biography of famous American magician Dorothy Dietrich, shows the test firing of one of the randomly selected bullets going into the wall in front of which Dorothy will stand, & the ambulances arriving before the second randomly fired bullet is caught.
FAMOUS AMERICAN MAGICIAN DOROTHY DIETRICH:
The Bullet Catch at Donald Trump 10th anniversary Resorts International in Atlantic City
In a recent press release from CRISS ANGEL, magician & star of A&E's series Mindfreak, he expresses his concerns about the network possibly not wanting to air an episode of this show in which Korn's Jonathan Davis took part. Here is why:
"I did something that is a famous effect that 12 magicians have tried to do & died" to catch a bullet in your teeth. I wanted to devise a way to really try to do it. I had a ballistics expert fabricate a metal cup for my mouth designed to absorb the .22 bullet. & I had a sharpshooter, a guy who is an incredible shot - Jon Davis from the band Korn. & we were successful in doing it. We did it & I didn't kill myself! I want to show people."
This quote appeared in USA Today.
Carl earned notoriety that has remained with him to this day, even earning mentions from several celebrities on VH1's "I Love the 80s," & a mention in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" column. Carl subsequently performed this on the international shows "Super Sabado" (Puerto Rico), "Fantastico" (Venezuela), & "We're Number One!" (Japan), & "That's Incredible" re-aired in 2004 on the "That's Incredible! Reunion." This series was controversial in that "an expose in a May 1982 issue of TV Guide revealed several of the programs' stunts to be rigged or, even worse, straight out frauds."
That's Incredible! "The popular 1980s reality-show precursor traded primarily in eye-opening stunts (a chimp tending bar, a plane landing on a moving truck, jousters on top of cars, a man 'catching' a bullet with his mouth), & the credibility of some segments was occasionally called into question (a May 1982 issue of TV GUIDE revealed that several 'death-defying' acts had been rigged)."
"An expose in a May 1982 issue of TV Guide revealed several of the programs' stunts to be rigged or, even worse, straight out frauds. But this had absolutely NO effect on the shows' producers." http://www.oocities.org/barbie24_61/thats_incredible.htm
Carl's other magic related performances include balloon animal sculpture twister, magic shows, & mostly Santa Claus! https://www.gigsalad.com/carl_skenes_orlando Like most magicians, with the exception of Penn & Teller, he claimed to really catch a bullet with no trickery.
|SEBASTIAN, "The Human Target" (Edward Sebastian Adriani) The bullets are fired from a specially modified .22 calibre rifle & travel at 750 miles an hour. The tricks of his trade are good marksmanship, carbide-steel dentures & the special rifle, an Olympic competition model, made for accuracy. To prove Sebastian actually catches the bullet in his teeth, both bullet & shell are marked by volunteers prior to the shot. After the bullet has been fired, the bullet & shell markings are matched. The shot is fired from a distance of 35 feet by a qualified marksman. He introduced his bullet-catch act on April 13, 1976, in Miami, Fla., after several years of "intense and careful practice." Sebastian sacrificed his own teeth for the steel dentures, a pair of specially-constructed teeth of cold-pressed steel with carbine inserts. "It took me three weeks to convince my dentist that I was serious when I asked him to pull my teeth out. He didn't want to take them out because I had very good teeth." Why would a person want to become a bullet catcher? " I had been interested in it since I was a kid." "But things can go wrong. You can't afford to daydream, cough or sneeze." While performing at a show in Washington, a child jolted the sharpshooter as he prepared to fire. The bullet narrowly missed my head & slammed into a backdrop of hay. "That was too close for comfort." Sebastian said he doesn't get nervous, because "I know my field and business, and bullet catching is my field." "The men behind the gun are precision shooters they don't make mistakes," "I make a six-figure salary a year in the short four-month season." "I do it because I like it. I like tbe reaction it has on the audience. It's a feat that outrages reason." When he and his longtime Green Beret marksman separated, he would have a local sherrif fire the bullet, or if he felt unconfortable with that, he would bring in his own marksman. A police officer marksman is selected at random, which makes it even more dangerous. The officer is told to use his own bullets. The Great Sebastian is the only man to do it this way, today - His own unique way! Sebastain claims to be the only living bullet catcher. "The only other ones are dead," he says. To document his unique claim to leaden fame, Sebastian sends a list of the fates of past practitioners of the bullet catch. Viewers of ABC's Wide World of Sports may recall that Ralph Bialla tried the trick for a national television audience. He missed, returned to his native Germany and died several months later of the injuries. To prevent Sebastian's name being added to the list, he and his marksman, a onetime Green Beret named Dana Zornes, practice daily on target accuracy and timing. After biting the bullet, he drops it into a plastic cup and holds it aloft for all to see. Sebastian says he doesn't like to talk about his act. "It will only encourage some poor fool to go and try it," he says. He'll also welcome all comers to a game of tic-tac-toe and says he'll beat anyone blindfolded. Like the bullet catch, he says he's never lost. Sebastian, decided suddenly yesterday he wanted his own marksman firing the weapon instead of Sheriff Nate Thomas. Although newsmen were told the sheriff would fire the Remington Rangemaster rifle at Sebastian he decided against it. Newsmen suggested that Sebastian let the sheriff perform the act, but Sebastian politely avoided those suggestions. "I would have to see how well the sheriff shoots on a rifle range. He would have to be a master marksman before I would let him do it." Edward Sebastian Adriani is appearing at the fairgrounds today. There is no admission charge for the public, & is sponsored jointly by the Tennessee State Fair and the sheriff's office The bullets fired from the specially modified .22 calibre rifle, travel at nearly 1,200 mph. When he spit a bullet into a container his wife sighed with relief. "I guess it is like a woman who watches her husband shot out of a cannon except it is about 10 times worse," the attractive blond said of her husband's act. Sabrina, 21, met her 50 plus year old husband in a library in Virginia as he was passing through town, She also performed a feat at yesterday's exhibition. Sabrina performs various acts concerning hypnosis and mental suggestion. She also said she makes predictions, and has for several years. "I have been reading and studying about hypnosis and mind-control since I was a child," she said, adding she has made several predictions in recent years which have later come true. "I predicted Nixon would resign, she said.
1978, The Philadelphia Civic Center with the "Hunt Circus," Albuquerque, N. M.,Sport Show.
1979, in Vegas at Circus Circus.
1980, toured with the King Bros. Circus.
1981 Pontiac, Mich., Silverdome for a sports show. The act was booked by William Shilling.
1981 Kansas City, Mo., Bartle Expo Hall Sports Show.
19th annual New Mexico Sports Show at the Convention Center. His bullet catch was exhibited at many sports shows around the country and in circuses, civic centers, stadiums, night clubs, casinos and on TV.
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