Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Don't try this yourself

I saw on TV the other day a young woman called Danielle Da Costa explaining how to be struck by a car so that you are hurled across its bonnet, rolled along its roof and fall to the ground in a crumpled heap behind it. How to do it, that is, and then get up and go home.

She is a stunt artist and has had a distinguished career in films and TV by being run over, falling off horses and being knocked about in various other ways. Clearly she loves her work and must be pretty good at it because she has had only a few fractures, none of them crippling.

And how do you get safely hit by a car? She says that if you stand in front of a car travelling at 20 miles an hour and it hits you, it will break both your legs. So the trick is to jump up in the air a few inches just before the impact (timing it so that the jump can't be seen), then, provided you have padded your shins (and elsewhere, I suppose), you will come to no harm, in all probability. I will take her word for it, she seems to know what she is talking about

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