Frail girl vs. 6 strong men

Performed by martial artists, magicians, strongmen and entertainers, this trick is another specialty of the Georgia magnet: how can a frail looking girl outstrength and outwit 6 grown men (or more if you want!).

The set up…
A girl faces a column of six or more men. As she braces herself, ready to take the strain of their combined push, her frailty is in sharp contrast to the sheer bulk of the line up…
Look more closely however, and you may become aware of a few subtleties: the men usually feature in order of size, with the smallest and weakest pushing directly against the gal.
And while each man rests his hands firmly on the shoulders of the one in front -with the first one pushing on the shoulders of the lass facing him- her hands however appear to carelessly rest on his elbows…
Will she fly backwards as they start to exert their strength, or will she somehow miraculously manage to counter their best efforts?

How it’s done…
Two different principles are at work, which will allow her to successfully achieve this impressive effect:
– By pushing up on the first man’s elbows, our girl is firstly redirecting the force he is exerting up and away from her. This is obviously made easier by the fact he is the weakest of the six…
– Secondly, because of inertia, the number of men in the chain does not actually matter: each man absorbs the pressure of the one directly behind him… In this situation, no man can transmit a greater force than the one he can exert himself!

Variation…
A common variation of this trick -which is slightly easier to perform- is for the girl to face away from the line of men, with her arms outstretched, and bracing herself against a wall with her hands.
Their aim, of course, is to pin her to the wall, but as long as she can resist the force exerted by the first man, inertia will again defeat their best efforts to crumple her… In fact, it is not uncommon even, for the entire line to find itself off balance, and falling to the floor!