Madison Kitchens, fresh from a viewing of The Prestige, suggests a post on William Ellsworth Robinson, an American stage magician, who took on the guise of a Chinese conjurer to make his act more “exotic.” He is also famous for the bullet-catch trick, in which he appeared to be catching bullets with his teeth or hands as an assistant fired a gun at him. Eventually, this trick backfired (pun unintentional, but left anyway) and he died from a bullet to the chest. The moral of the story, if there is one, is: keep your firearms clean.
Thanks for the suggestion, Madison, it may serve me well on Jeopardy someday. If anyone else would like to suggest a topic, contact me at: pintpundit-at-gmail-dot-com.
Update: The ever-observant Jacob Grier, himself an excellent close-up magician, correctly notes that Robinson was a “stage magician” rather than a “stage musician.”