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I've looked through some sites that listed all the MacGyverisms in each episode and noticed that a lot of times, there are more simplistic MacGyverisms that are overlooked.

Like in the Widowmaker, MacGyver uses a mattress as a shield against Murdoc's flamethrower and then blocks the door with it to slow Murdoc down. Later, he rigs up harnesses for himself and Nikki with the leftover rope on the side of the mountain, and then uses the bag of climbing powder to temporarily blind Murdoc. Typically, only the arc welder and using the bracelet to send Morse code through the telephone line are listed because they're more science-y.

At times, I think the more simplistic 'isms are more useful than the really complex ones that end up only being noisy distractions.

 
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I agree with you, Widowmaker. Science was always my worst subject so a lot of Macgyverisms get a little hard for me to follow or understand. I like the scenes like you mentioned where he takes the ordinary and uses it in a way most people wouldn't think of. To me, those are the best examples of his ingenuity and powers of observation...thinking "out side the box."

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As I mentioned above, I'm not good with science/mechanics so I can't say I've really used MacGyverisms (Except for duct tape and using a binder clip to hold the waistband of my pants together when I lost the button at work). I've been thinking about Macgyverisms of the mind. Mac used misdirection, etc. for a lot of his stuff to work. As a tutor, I had a student who could NOT pass a test on long division. He would practice for weeks, literally, but when he had the test in front of him he always failed. With nothing to lose, I copied the test problems on a plain sheet of paper and told him to "practice" without any help or prompting from me. He aced it!! And was very surprised when I told him he passed the test. Another little math trick I used had to do with mixed number story problems. For instance: If the red team eats 3 1/2 pizzas, and the blue team eats 2 and 1/3 pizzas, how much pizza did they eat in all. I had kids get so hung up on the fraction aspect that they couldn't decide whether to add, multiply, etc. To help the, I took out the fraction: Red team eats 3, blue team eats 2, how do find out how much they ate all together and I would quickly get the answer (add)!

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Why he didn't get electric shock when he touched the telephone wire with bracelet? The metal wire wasn't visible actually when he scraped the wire with knife, but does it make small buzz sound in real life if you almost touch the wire?

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I know exactly what you're talking about. In the episode "The Gauntlet" the usage of the clay stuff and the camera wasn't even mentioned in some of the sites I read. It's even an EXPLOSION! blowup.gif

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It is funny how that gets overlooked...and its from the first season!

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QUOTE (MiracleMac @ 8 May 2017 - 10:09 AM)
Why he didn't get electric shock when he touched the telephone wire with bracelet? The metal wire wasn't visible actually when he scraped the wire with knife, but does it make small buzz sound in real life if you almost touch the wire?

Because phone wires aren't electrified. You can safely touch them without being electrocuted.

And yes it will cause a humming sound if you touch the wire.

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QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 11 May 2017 - 01:38 PM)
QUOTE (MiracleMac @ 8 May 2017 - 10:09 AM)
Why he didn't get electric shock when he touched the telephone wire with bracelet? The metal wire wasn't visible actually when he scraped the wire with knife, but does it make small buzz sound in real life if you almost touch the wire?

Because phone wires aren't electrified. You can safely touch them without being electrocuted.

And yes it will cause a humming sound if you touch the wire.

Good to know, whoops and now my conscious mind realized that it was just telephone line not power line, so makes sense headbutt.gif biggrin.gif

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One of my favorites: from the fourth episode, sliding a map under the door, pushing the key out of the keyhole so that it falls onto the map, then pulling the map back under the door with the key on top of it. Perfect for exactly the reason you mentioned - it wasn't complex or hard to follow, and yet, way quicker thinking than most people would do in that kind of situation.

 
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And such thought has a way of bringing out the creativity in everybody!

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And another reason why the original show worked so well on so many levels.

"The bag's not for what I take, Colson - it's for what I find along the way."

 
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