The Bullet Catch.
The legendary Bullet Catch has been performed many times over the years. The
first recorded time was by a French magician named "Coulen", taken from Thomas
Beard's "Theatre of God's Judgement", which was first published in 1597.
Coincidently "Coulen" was also the first magician to die from doing the effect,
as he was reportedly beaten to death with the trick pistol after successfully
performing a "Bullet Catch" routine.
The first lady to perform the trick was Annie Wernowe in 1857 and more recently
Dorothy Dietrich in America.
The first Englishman to attempt this most dangerous of effects was Astley, the
At least 14 magicians have died so far attempting the Bullet Catch, probably
the most notable being Chung Ling Soo in 1918.
However, there was more recently an incident reported in 1988 where a magician
named "Professor Marvo" (Fernande Tejada) was shot dead in Columbia (South
America). After successfuly performing the Bullet Catch, a Goldminer named
Marco Asprellain leapt up on stage, and thinking it was for real, fired a live
bullet at Marvo's mouth yelling "Catch This!".
Sadly Marvo didn't.
||"12 Have Died" by Ben Robinson
||"Abra", Magazine. August 25th 1990
||"M-U-M", August 19th 1919, an article by Houdini, called "New Light on the
Bullet Catching Trick"