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is that Rue McClanahan?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:26 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


They used magnets.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:26 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


also, trained minks, right? what's the trick?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:27 PM on March 17, 2011


Is there anything Barry Manilow can't do?
posted by kingv at 1:27 PM on March 17, 2011 [8 favorites]


You feed them the magnets, then less training is required.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:28 PM on March 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or just weak cross-stitching between the ferrets. Nylon, cause their teeth are sharp.
posted by rtimmel at 1:29 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nice marmots.
posted by bondcliff at 1:30 PM on March 17, 2011 [8 favorites]


Wow I was not expecting that. Awesome.
posted by spec80 at 1:33 PM on March 17, 2011


knock-out
posted by stbalbach at 1:33 PM on March 17, 2011


Hey baby, is that a fur coat on your shoulders or are you just unusually attractive to domesticated rodents?
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 1:34 PM on March 17, 2011


Take that, PETA.
posted by phaedon at 1:35 PM on March 17, 2011


A long time ago, someone in my family had a mink collar, complete with tiny feet and face attached. For some reason, it lived in my closet when I was a tiny child. I hated it. It smelled funny and freaked me the hell out. Whenever I'd notice it there, I'd take it out (being very careful only to touch the hanger and not the disgusting furry thing) and hide it in another closet in the house.

Somehow, that thing kept ending up back in my closet. True nightmare fuel.

It's not clear to this day who the culprit was, but my money's on dad.
posted by phunniemee at 1:36 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


That was delightful!
posted by Mister_A at 1:37 PM on March 17, 2011


Put those animals through design school and let them configure a new look for each year. Chic, green and cruelty-free!
posted by maudlin at 1:37 PM on March 17, 2011


Oh yeah, phunniemee, my Mom had one of those, too, made of three little beasts sewn together. They had the lower jaws removed, but had a clip set there instead so you could arrange them in various configurations.

Not green, very cruel, but awfully chic and downright fascinating to my sister and me. Of course, we also feasted on frog legs and made the skeletal legs dance after we sucked every last sweet bit of meat off them.
posted by maudlin at 1:40 PM on March 17, 2011


Fucking Ferrets. How do they work?
posted by Verdant at 1:40 PM on March 17, 2011 [6 favorites]


Fucking Ferrets. How do they work?

Well, when a mommy ferret and a daddy ferret love each other very much...
posted by phunniemee at 1:42 PM on March 17, 2011 [7 favorites]


I feel like if the coat exploded into ten ferrets, and the ferrets exploded into 100 squirrels, I would have definitely shit myself.
posted by phaedon at 1:42 PM on March 17, 2011 [11 favorites]


Also, Dude...keeping a bunch of......within the city...well, that ain't legal either.
posted by Jofus at 1:43 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


I feel like if the coat exploded into ten ferrets, and the ferrets exploded into 100 squirrels

Nah, it's ferrets all the way down.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:44 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


The fox coming to life was really quite sufficient but then the explosion of ferrets just made it perfect. Great find!
posted by Burhanistan at 1:44 PM on March 17, 2011


I'm going to start screaming now, and I don't think I'm ever going to stop.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:48 PM on March 17, 2011 [11 favorites]


also, trained minks, right? what's the trick?

The woman is a plant. The fox is trained, obviously. But the ferrets/minks/weasels are hidden in pockets inside the jacket.

While we're all looking at the fox run away, the woman pulls a string that opens the pockets, drops the ferrets, and turns the pockets inside out, so it looks like the ferrets were on the outside of the jacket the entire time.

The ferrets are just trained to run back home after hitting the ground.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:49 PM on March 17, 2011 [9 favorites]


I don't know what you're all going on about. All I saw was a guy and a lady with a stupid coat walking around. I gave it a good 45 seconds, got bored, and wandered off.
posted by LordSludge at 1:49 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


The ferrets are just trained to run back home after hitting the ground.
posted by Cool Papa Bell


Well, that's just your... opinion, man. And thi will be reported to Santa Claus.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:54 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


Don't hate the player, hate the ... why is Penn Jillette standing behind me with a claw hammer?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:56 PM on March 17, 2011


While we're all looking at the fox run away, the woman pulls a string that opens the pockets, drops the ferrets, and turns the pockets inside out, so it looks like the ferrets were on the outside of the jacket the entire time.

I'm not sold on that... while she's still walking around in it you can see them wiggling. On the other hand, there seem to be too few ferrets for the number of coats segments, so maybe a combination of the two.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 2:05 PM on March 17, 2011


Sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. It's done with magic.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:08 PM on March 17, 2011 [4 favorites]


I do buy that she's a plant though. The way she keeps her hand on the fox's head until the right moment, for example. Likely the coat and ferrets are prepped in the tent and not in the box (because the first thing that got me was. why did she need to put it on in private?).

None of this negates the awesomeness of the gag.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 2:15 PM on March 17, 2011


I'm not sold on that... while she's still walking around in it you can see them wiggling.

Well, yeah, but no more than you can see my hand wiggling through my pants pocket.
posted by the other side at 2:22 PM on March 17, 2011


I think she's obviously a plant because a true member of the audience would have lost their shit if the coat they put on exploded into multiple live animals.

I know I would.
posted by sideshow at 2:22 PM on March 17, 2011 [5 favorites]


I think the rule of thumb for any complicated magic trick is that it's always a plant.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:24 PM on March 17, 2011


is that Rue McClanahan?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:26 PM on March 17 [1 favorite +] [!]

They used magnets.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:26 PM on March 17 [2 favorites +] [!]

also, trained minks, right? what's the trick?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:27 PM on March 17 [+] [!]

Is there anything Barry Manilow can't do?
posted by kingv at 1:27 PM on March 17 [4 favorites +] [!]

You feed them the magnets, then less training is required.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:28 PM on March 17 [+] [!]

Or just weak cross-stitching between the ferrets. Nylon, cause their teeth are sharp.
posted by rtimmel at 1:29 PM on March 17 [+] [!]


One reason why you shouldn't read the comments before watching the video. I thought all those comments were a bit of red herring performance art. But it turns out they were all exactly spot on. I never knew that Rue McClanahan and ferrets and magnets and force feeding and Barry Manilow would all make so much sense.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:24 PM on March 17, 2011 [5 favorites]


Sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. It's done with magic.

Well, yeah, it's a simple area-of-effect resurrection spell, but I still have to give them points for presentation.
posted by Cironian at 2:25 PM on March 17, 2011 [7 favorites]


I'm not sold on that... while she's still walking around in it you can see them wiggling.

Honestly, when I first watched it, and saw that the coat was bulky and shifting, for some reason I imagined that a suitor would jump out with a ring, and propose to her on one knee.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:28 PM on March 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's flaps on the coat falling down, rather than turning inside out. but yeah.

too bad, i kinda wish i believed it was ferrets gripping on with their teeth.
posted by dubold at 2:32 PM on March 17, 2011


MetaFilter: I'm going to start screaming now, and I don't think I'm ever going to stop.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:37 PM on March 17, 2011


I think she was a plant because FOR GOD'S SAKE SHE WRAPPED A LIVE FOX AROUND HER NECK WHEN SHE WAS BEHIND THE CURTAIN.
posted by maudlin at 2:46 PM on March 17, 2011 [8 favorites]


I'm just impressed with the idea of a trained fox. I mean, I knew a guy who trained his sister's pomeranian to ride on his head like a fur cap, but a fox...
posted by memewit at 2:46 PM on March 17, 2011


Fucking Ferrets. How do they work?

Haven't you ever heard of animal magnetism?
posted by drlith at 3:20 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


It's just your standard Ferretmagnetism.
posted by Bort at 3:31 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


When I was in college my mother took my and my younger sibling to the circus. I was thought it would be cool, but I was wrong. I was so bored.

I see now, the source of my ennui was the lack of foxes.
posted by jenlovesponies at 4:58 PM on March 17, 2011


I see now, the source of my ennui was the lack of foxes.

I think this is true of my life as well.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:23 PM on March 17, 2011


I've been to Circus Roncalli 5 times. It really is that amazing. Bernhard Paul began it in the 70's by collecting and refurbishing old circus props. He goes over the top to make it feel like a show from before television. I never thought I would enjoy any performance that cost more than 10 euro. If you are in Europe and get a chance to see it, do.
posted by I love you more when I eat paint chips at 5:33 PM on March 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think I'll use this next time I go to a fancy restaurant:

"What's that waiter? You want to take my coat?" Wallop! Ferrets all over the place.

The other diners might not appreciate a ferret gang devouring their duck al'orange, though. nom, nom, squeak, nom.
posted by elephantday at 6:01 PM on March 17, 2011


It was CG. Really, really good CG. That's where half the black budget went last year. A squirrel told me... a black squirrel.
posted by dbiedny at 6:09 PM on March 17, 2011


"anyone unable to enjoy this sort of thing really needs to drop to their knees and beg for help."

I can enjoy this sort of thing just fine, it just has to be done well. This particular effort was bloodless crap.
posted by bricoleur at 7:10 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh damn, wrong fucking thread.
posted by bricoleur at 7:12 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Aren't these minks?
posted by whir at 10:55 PM on March 17, 2011


Some sort of weasel, yeah.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:18 AM on March 18, 2011


This reminds me of an awesome limerick:

Said an impudent, erudite ermine:
"There's one thing I cannot determine.
When a dame wears my coat,
She's a person of note;
When I wear it, I'm only called vermin."
posted by phunniemee at 5:03 AM on March 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Magic tricks where you cut away from the magic trick are meh.
posted by Trochanter at 8:32 AM on March 18, 2011


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