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MythBusters duo set to blow  doors off Sears Centre (or not)

Jamie Hyneman answers questions from audience.  |  Submitted Photo

Jamie Hyneman answers questions from the audience. | Submitted Photo

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‘MythBusters Behind the Myths’

◆ 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

◆ Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone, Hoffman Estates

◆ Tickets, $37-$177

◆ www.mythbusterstour.com or www.ticketmaster.com

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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:12AM



The MythBusters are coming to the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates this week, but don’t expect to see pop scientists and special-effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman sending patrons out to the lobby to see if opening and shutting all the doors at the same time will cause a drastic change in air pressure.

“I love the idea, but no,” Savage said in a phone interview.

The duo did consider having the audience at Saturday’s “MythBusters Behind the Myths” show collectively hold its breath, then exhale on cue.

But after consulting with some physicists, they decided that the effect would be minimal, Savage noted.

Now in its ninth year of shooting (as well as detonating, shattering and atomizing), the Discovery Channel staple has proven if you creatively blow stuff up, people will come.

For 189 episodes and counting, Hyneman and Savage have tackled mysteries both profound (why did the plot to assassinate Hitler fail?) and inane (can wind blow the feathers off a chicken?). The answers: not enough high-powered explosives, and no, the chicken would blow away first.

The new season begins Tuesday with a look at whether a car or motorcycle is more fuel efficient, and if a bullet can take out a rocket-propelled grenade.

The television effort involves coming up with concrete, testable premises, and is structured more organically. The live version is a more studied approach involving humor, building excitement and “how we perceive things,” Savage said.

To that end, the duo worked with Todd Millan — the creative director for the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe — to create “Behind the Myths,” which has had 52 performances thus far. The MythBusters also have an exhibition touring the nation’s museums, which recently had a run at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry.

“My wife and I were really glad when Virgin Airlines started service between the Bay Area and Chicago,” Savage said. “We enjoy dancing, eating and drinking in Chicago and hit Kuma’s Corner [a heavy-metal-themed burger joint in Logan Square] one of the last times we were in town.”

As the live show entertains to impart knowledge, Savage said he’s also learned a thing or two from taking the act on the road.

“I am learning how to slow down” when doing comedy or telling stories, he said. “On stage, time seems to be moving very, very fast.”

Contributing: USA Today



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