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"it is a bust" [EMPT]

You may have heard of the show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. Well, the Sherlock Holmes for Dummies team decided to make their own version.

The first episode of "Sherlockian Myth Busters" is now online. Scholars have debated events in the Holmes Canon for decades. But how many have actually put their theories to the test? In this episode we put the disappearing gun trick from "The Problem of Thor Bridge" to the test. Does it work as described? Here we'll find out.

SPOILER ALERT: If you're not familiar with "The Problem of Thor Bridge," you may wish to delay watching this until after you've read it. It is available as part of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes.

Are there other Sherlockian myths you'd like us to bust? Please leave a comment below or send an email with the subject line "Mythbusters" to ihearofsherlock [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Editor's note: This column is part of a series called "From the Dummy's Chair" [MAZA] by Steven Doyle, BSI ("The 'Western Morning News'"), author of the Edgar-nominated Sherlock Holmes for Dummies. Because of the limitations in the print world, he wasn't able to completely fit everything he wanted into the book. This series will become a real-time continuation of that labor of love. Steve is also half the team behind the Wessex Press.