KrO2 wrote:As I'm sure you all know, the next Harry Potter movie is coming out soon (Thursday). I'm not sure yet if I want to see it right away, but got a random idea that could be funny. We know any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. So what would be some impressive-looking science tricks, given that I have until Thursday to prepare them, to pull out in front of the theater? I reread the home experiments thread, particularly the fire-related ones, and thought it might be fun to, for instance, shout "incendio" while playing with a ball of fire*, or some such trick. So, any suggestions? Bonus points for a stunt that actually has a magic spell counterpart in the HP series, but it's not too important.
*Not sure what kind of lighter fluid works for that. One of the links said naphtha or kerosene, but how about charcoal lighter fluid? All it said on the label was that it contains "petroleum distillates" and I wouldn't want to count on it having an unknown burn temperature. Wikipedia didn't say what exactly is in charcoal lighter, but it was a separate article from naphtha.
Or, can anyone suggest a good fluid to cover a hand in before lighting it? That would be even better than the fireball trick, but I don't trust most random Internet recommendations, so I'm asking here.
Is it possible to (safely) make a miniature Tesla coil with a 9V battery? Ditto the above point about the Internet.
While it might be a gray area these days to shout "fire!" in a crowded theater (most people wouldn't believe you), I'm fairly certain there is no wiggle room on the illegality of playing with fire in a crowded theater
The only movie I have ever been to where I am the least bit interested in what people sitting around me have to say or do is "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". All other films are meant to be watched free from interference from other people at the theater.
There's a reason the scene in "Scary Movie" where "Brenda" (who has been interrupting the movie with her own nonsense) is killed by movie patrons while the killer watches in amusement is so entertaining: deep down, we all want to kill people who interrupt our movies with their own nonsense
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So perform your fake spells in your living room when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Don't interrupt my (or anyone else's) effing $10 movie ticket with your cutesy BS.
Every time you interrupt a Harry Potter movie, you toss Dumbledore off the tower all over again, only now he has a kitten in one hand and a puppy in the other.