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'Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour' arrives in El Paso on Thursday

November 20, 2013


Nov. 20--"Don't try this at home" except for Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, they wouldn't have it any other way.

For these two, it's the ultimate science laboratory.

Hyneman and Savage are on a national journey, showcasing their entertaining experiments, quirky lessons and myth-shattering ideas, and allowing the audience to go along for the ride on the "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour."

Thursday, El Pasoans get a chance to be part of the interactive show at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Their Emmy-nominated hit TV show airs on Discovery Channel.

"This tour has been nothing but fun and exciting, especially in front of a live audience," said Hyneman, who was key in the TV show's creation. "As long as there are plenty of misconceptions out there, we'll keep doing what we do. We experiment because we want to see what happens."

Hyneman and Savage are not scientists and are the first to say so. But, they are professionals and serious science buffs, who have captivated television audiences for more than a decade with their intriguing projects and experiments, all the while educating the viewer. And, the bottom line, for the two, it's pure fun -- for them and the audience.

"Why wouldn't you earn a living doing something fun every day?" Hyneman said.

Eleven years ago, Hyneman, the owner of M5 Industries, an effects company in San Francisco, was approached by producers about a TV show that could "test theories and bust myths," asking him to come up with a concept. So he called in his good friend, who was once his employee, Adam Savage, and the two put together a compelling demo video. Three weeks later, the cameras were at his company and "MythBusters" was born. M5 serves as the headquarters for the TV show.

"Science isn't just for guys in lab coats," Hyneman said. "We have a blast, literally sometimes. I've done a lot of things in my life, but this is really what I've enjoyed the most."

A lot is right. After taking on professions as varied as a librarian at the United Nations in Geneva to owning a diving and sailing charter business in the Caribbean, the Indiana University graduate, with a degree in Russian, began a career in show business as a special effects shop assistant in New York and later in San Francisco as a crew member on films, including "Robocop," "Arachnophobia" and "Naked Lunch." After that, he formed and created M5 Industries. He had found his passion.

Now, Hyneman says, the tour gives him the opportunity to take his work on the TV show to another level, to the multidimensional stage, interacting with the audience on the experimentation all live.

"There is always something to create, something to see, and on this tour, the audience sees the work and results live," Hyneman said. "It has been great to see the looks on faces as we break down the myths, the misconceptions."

"It gives the audience a glimpse into our world, all on stage," he added. "It's going to be fun. It's always fun."

Margaret Gallardo is entertainment editor for the El Paso Times. She may be reached at; 546-6166. Connect with the "Mythbusters" hosts on Twitter: Jamie Hyneman ; Adam Savage .


What: "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Abraham Chavez Theatre.

Tickets: Start at $35.

Of note: No cameras, tape records allowed.

Information: 231-1100;; 800-745-3000.


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