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Dr. Epstein

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Dr. Epstein
Dr. Epstein
BornAdam Salomon Epstein
Warsaw, Congress Poland
DiedApril 25th 1869
Paris, France
Known forThe Gun Trick

Dr. Adam Salomon Epstein, is best known today for being shot and killed while performing the bullet catch. Reportedly a piece of the ramrod broke off in the gun's barrel and lodged in his chest. Hardin Burlingame, however, suggests that Dr. Epstein's supposed death was a hoax he arranged as a publicity stunt.


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