Not a whole lot of myth busting in 'MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour'

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What started out as a behind-the-scenes video of the MythBusters' warehouse, offices and stage, ended in a small and uneventful explosion during its show at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Discovery series "MythBusters," took to the stage Friday night to a sold-out crowd. Most of the scientific-enthused audience was made up of those over 40 and others under 15.

After the five-minute video clip was shown on three large screen projectors, Hyneman and Savage appeared through a billowing cloud of stage smoke to an enormous eruption of applause. Both Hyneman and Savage were just as they are on TV — Hyneman, the brains of the two, was more reserved, while Savage, the silly scientific host, knew how to please the audience with his humor.

Because of the venue, we knew there wasn't going to be too many big explosions in this show — but we were hoping.

"MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour" wasn't what we expected. How could it be after watching the show for year? Other than Hyneman and Savage, Friday's performance was nothing like the Discovery channel's Emmy-nominated show.

No myths were busted, but by the looks of it, the crowd enjoyed themselves, especially when several — both young and sorta old — were picked by the hosts to participate in several … well, experiments on stage. One of the more entertaining experiments was when two men, dressed in rain boots and jackets, rode exercise bikes to explain the theory of energy. The faster they rode, the faster the balloons above their heads filled with water. Needless to say, it ended with a big splash.

Another, and probably the best part of the show, was when a tall man and a young girl got up on stage to see if they could make their way around stage wearing night-vision goggles outfitted with peep holes. The man made it around the stage, pouring milk into a glass, sitting on a chair, taking a hat from a hat rack, placing them on a tray and finding Hyneman and Savage and giving it to them. He did the task in a whopping 30 seconds.

The girl, on the other hand, was a different story. As they fitted her with the goggles, stage hands changed the obstacle course a bit, moving the milk, putting out a smaller chair and taller hat rack.

But the real joke came at the end when she found pint-sized Hyneman and Savage — two kids donning masks, that looked incredibly like the MythBusters. With skewed vision, the girl walked up to little Hyneman and actually hit him in the head with the tray.

Along with two question-and-answer periods, demonstrations with a bed of nails, the strength of phone books and a bow-and-arrow, the night ended with a less-than-thrilling paintball display. Hyneman and Savage brought out an audience member from back stage dressed in a suit of armor, which Savage had actually worn in an episode of "MythBusters."

I'm not exactly sure what myth they were busting other than paintballs hurt, but Hyneman shot the man with paintballs with an anti-aircraft gun he made himself. While colorful, it was uneventful.

All in all, "MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour" was somewhat entertaining, but not what I expected. I was hoping for more myth busting, but all we came away with was more of an explanation of why they do what they do, which is OK too, I guess.


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