December 15, 2008
Collargate: Final Analysis–Part 2 Jason
From the beginning of the show, it was apparent that Jason was not a happy camper. Of course, we can only speculate as to why this was so. But after the debacle that follows, I feel that our two buddies had exchanged words before the cameras came on. Whether Jason was wary of, or knew, that Grant was going to try and "embellish" evidence is something that is best left up to individual viewers to decide. To me, Jason's facial expressions, obvious impatience and anger, coupled with his vain attempts to divert the viewers away from Grant's shenanigans (Grant's "Dude, it just did it again", said about 5 times was becoming extremely irritating) indicates that Jay was unsuccessful and he decided to put a stop to Grant's tomfoolery.
These screenshots are a bit clearer. We believe that they show that Jason, after digging very deeply, finds the string. Again, please read my comments below the pictures to understand what I think is going on. Also, I have added the video on this page as a convenience so readers can watch it at normal speed and hopefully can then see Jay's actions in a new light.
For the sake of not producing a book, I have left out pics of Jason's search of Grant's collar and jacket that preceded this screenshot. We have all seen had thoroughly he began to look inside, right in full view of the camera. This happens after Jason points to his earpiece and says that "they caught it on the FLIR". Jay is obviously holding something between his thumb and fingers. He locks eyes with Grant. It is an awkward moment between the two friends.
Here Jason is still tightly gripping whatever he has pulled out of Grant's jacket. I believe he is starting to try and remove the string in an effort to get rid of it. You might ask why he would do this with the camera so close. First, he wanted desperately to stop Grant from continuing ad nauseum to play his little game. Nothing else seemed to work and Jay knew that, if caught, it could be devastating to the show. Which leads me to the second reason. At regular speed, what Jay does is barely visible to the audience. But he did not consider that some people might decide to look at this on a frame by frame basis. He had to do something and decided to take the chance. IMO, the line is visible in this pic, although my eyes just may be playing tricks on me. There does seem to be something thin and straight between Jay's thumb and the top of Grant's collar, but it could also be something in the background of the shot.
Jason's left hand is still closed over something and right after this he straightens out his left arm (for the first and only time during the jacket examination) in an attempt to pull out and throw away the evidence. Why would he only straighten out his arm this once if not to toss something on the ground? As we know, magicians use wire that is meant to be highly invisible but also has to have quite of bit of tensile strength to assure that it will not break and thus destroy the illusion (and the credibility of the magician). Which leads me to the final "tug". What I think happens is that some of the line is lying down the back of Grant's jacket and when Jay taps (almost hits) his back, it's enough to cause the final pull that we all see.
To sum up, here's what I think happened: Grant actually invites Jason to check out his collar. He does this to allay suspicion that he's up to something. His plan was to quickly pull out what he was using before Jay walks over to him. His attempt fails, and he only succeeds in pulling out something which may be a clip of some kind, leaving the string either still attached to the collar or hanging not far from where it had been attached.
Jay begins an intensive examination. He finds the wire and tries to jerk it out and get rid of it for the reason outlined above. What I believe he ends up doing is pulling out enough of the string so that it is now draped on the outside of Grant's jacket. He pats Grant's back and in so doing causes the last pull. Alternatively, some of the string may have gotten draped around one of his fingers, and when he does the pat, it gives the collar a final yank. Here again is the shortened clip.
For those who wish to see the original video that we used as it appeared on YouTube, here is the link:
After working on this for over a month, it is finally time to put it to bed. Whether or not you agree with our interpretations, I thank you for reading this and bearing up with my amateur attempts. And so, finally, I say:
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