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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Everybody's got magic necklaces these days.

For whatever reason, in movies and television shows, someone frequently has a necklace, pendant, locket, or amulet that's important in that character's story arc. However diverse these baubles may be, they all seem to have one little trick in common: a magic clasp.

For whatever reason, someone usually has the occasion to want to remove these neclaces suddenly. To do so with panache, you simply grab the thing and give it one swift tug. The necklace will come off promptly.

Now, necklaces are made out of metal. This isn't particularly the softest substance, and tugging it hard enough to actually break the thing against someone's skin ought to hurt quite a bit, and perhaps draw blood, but it doesn't. Certainly, a very thin, pure gold chain might pop off readily enough, but these magic amulets can do that one better: even after removal-by-swift-tug, they are completely undamaged, allowing the remover to stylishly place the necklace over his own head.

It seems that heroes and villains have this power equally, so it must reside with the necklace, not the tugger. Likewise, it applies only to objects actually dangling from the neck, and they must be essential to the plot. This can't be used to merely steal valuables, and collars, chokers, and torqs are not subject to removal-by-swift-tug.

There you have it.


  • At 7:29 PM , Blogger ryan said...

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with one of your points: many necklaces I have owned have had cheaper clasps made from a much more malleable material, and were thus easily removed with a tug (such as getting it caught on the faucet). I can't say this was pleasant, but it didn't cut or abrade my neck either.

    It should be noted, however, that I certainly had to spend several minutes repairing the necklace. Apparently my necklace wasn't magical enough to regenerate itself.

  • At 9:23 AM , Blogger Argentius said...



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