FLAMING CANNONBALLS AT EDINBURGH CASTLE
Ever since I was a student I’ve loved David Blaine’s TV stunts. I know they’ve been devisive – that’s the point is it not? – but they’ll be remembered for centuries.
I’ve been particularly transfixed by Ascension, his most recent stunt. Flying about the desert attached to hundreds of helium balloons – how cool is that?? But not just that but the way he involves his family and other emotions of potential loss, into triumph over adversity, that he does so well.
So it’s with great delight that I’m announcing Cannonballs at the Castle. A wonderfully, dramatic stunt, I hope in the David Blaine mould, that’s really 150 years old, that I’ve upgraded using cannonballs and fire and ‘triumph over adversity’ to make it into something a bit more dramatic!
So here’s the deal – nine solid steel cannonballs, set on fire and swinging in an apparent random manner. Can I use science to journey through this deadly gauntlet? Well you’ll have to watch the video to find out!
The device is known as a Harmonic Pendulum, and was conceived by Ernst Mach 150 years ago. It is linked to the firing of the iconic Edinburgh Castle 1 o’clock gun in the most dramatic way. An inspiring and optimistic look to our connected future after a year of lockdowns and isolation.
and the many others who made this happen!