I love explosions, I admit it. But that is not the reason I went to see the Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour. I was hopeful that there wouldn’t be any explosions as I saw the performance at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, NC which seats about 2,200 people. Much too intimate of an environment for explosions. I went with no idea what to expect and walked away thrilled. To see so many kids there, and to see Adam and Jamie bring them on stage to participate was just a bonus.
The show starts with Jamie giving a tour of the famous M5 shop. You see the main shop room, the metal shop, their offices, bathrooms, former bathrooms, and the room of explosive stuff. i was fascinated to see the shop and to know that it is a shop and not a studio. It was also fun to see that Jamie can be quite personable. Not something often seen on the show.
The show begins and they come on stage. I don’t want to ruin it by giving any details but these two are as engaging and funny as they are on TV. They seem to really want kids to be interested in science. They often invite kids on stage (after they sign a waiver) to help participate. The first being the interweaving of two phone books. If you watch the show you can guess where it goes from there.
One of the biggest applause moments came from only people who are true fans, those people that understood what it meant when the rolled out a hot water heater. I was relieved that it stayed firmly on the stage.
They do teach a little science along the way spending some quality time explaining force, as is applies to a young kid, and a very strong man. F=M x A is prominently displayed for the duration.
At various times both Jamie and Adam took the stage along to do a quick Q & A. They do make a point to let kids ask questions but adults get to participate too. We had one person ask Adam a question he’d never had before, “What is the one thing you’d most like to blow up that you haven’t yet.”
There is a quick moment where they do their best to simulate what it’s like to be near an explosion. It’s decently effective, but there is no shockwave or kick to the chest you get with a real explosion.
The one highlight that almost had me rolling on the floor and did have me crying was a paintball incident. Let’s just say that the Mythbusters crew epitomizes the idea of go big or go home.
The show ended with a special appearance by another cast member. That brought to end a two hour show that you can enjoy with the whole family. There was no live profanity and Jamie and Adam are very good with engaging the audience. Their humor and experiences during the 10 seasons alone would make a good show, add to it the live demonstrations and it is a homerun.