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12th May '16 3:00:10 PM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', Minerva uses her robot owl to project a hologram image of her sleeping in bed, to fool her parents.
3rd May '16 10:54:31 PM dmcreif
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* This has been done for more than one jailbreak. The three convicts who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 went whole hog and made the papier-mache head. Ted Bundy did this in his second escape, and it worked so well that the guards didn't check until noon, by which time he'd already made it to the Denver airport and flown to Chicago. And the two murderers who recently escaped from a maximum security prison in New York also employed. Like the above examples, it gave them a considerable headstart, as their absence wasn't noticed until 530AM the next day.

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* This has Prison escapees have been done known to do this for more than one jailbreak.a long time. The three convicts who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 went whole hog and made the papier-mache head. Ted Bundy did this in his second escape, and it worked so well that the guards didn't check until noon, by which time he'd already made it to the Denver airport and flown to Chicago. And This was also the tactic of the two murderers who recently escaped escapees from a maximum security prison Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York also employed.in June 2015. Like the above examples, it gave them a considerable headstart, as their absence wasn't noticed until 530AM the next day.
16th Apr '16 2:42:35 PM erforce
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* The Invisible Man does this in volume two of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' in order to [[spoiler: covertly meet with Martian invaders and betray humanity.]]

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* The Invisible Man does this in volume two of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' in order to [[spoiler: covertly meet with Martian invaders and betray humanity.]]
8th Apr '16 1:15:12 PM LordGro
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* According to ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Orkneyinga Saga]]'', Magnus Erlendsson, later better known as St. Magnus of Orkney, employed this trick to escape from being a hostage of King Magnus of Norway. When the king's ship lies off Scotland, Magnus "prepared his bunk so that it looked as if someone were sleeping in it, then slipped overboard and swam ashore." By the time the Norwegians realize Magnus is not actually in his bunk, he has already a good head start.

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* According to ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Orkneyinga Saga]]'', ''Literature/OrkneyingaSaga'', Magnus Erlendsson, later better known as St. Magnus of Orkney, employed this trick to escape from being a hostage of King Magnus of Norway. When the king's ship lies off Scotland, Magnus "prepared his bunk so that it looked as if someone were sleeping in it, then slipped overboard and swam ashore." By the time the Norwegians realize Magnus is not actually in his bunk, he has already a good head start.
17th Mar '16 5:16:36 PM ErichoTOME
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had one of Roger's personas being released from prison so he escaped back into prison to take on the persona again. He had a dummy in his bed for ''six years''.
27th Feb '16 5:19:25 PM FF32
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* Subverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', when Raj gets two dummies to place in his and Lazlo's beds. He thus hires [[TheDitz Chip and Skip]] to sleep in said beds.
1st Feb '16 1:50:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz'' is both a major film example and TruthInTelevision. TheGuardsMustBeCrazy!
** Also subverted in the same film, when a guard reaches through the bars to rouse the figure in the bed and it turns out to be the ''real'' prisoner, not his plaster dummy-head.

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* ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz'' is both a major film example and TruthInTelevision. TheGuardsMustBeCrazy!
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TheGuardsMustBeCrazy! Also subverted in the same film, when a guard reaches through the bars to rouse the figure in the bed and it turns out to be the ''real'' prisoner, not his plaster dummy-head.



* In the movie version of ''Film/DrNo'', Film/JamesBond uses this to trick an assassin into emptying his gun into the bed, leaving him defenseless.

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In the movie version of ''Film/DrNo'', Film/JamesBond Bond uses this to trick an assassin into emptying his gun into the bed, leaving him defenseless.
16th Jan '16 11:37:22 PM nombretomado
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* Appears in ''TheFarSide'', where gecko assassins trying to kill another gecko in his sleep, only to find that it was just his tail in the bed. ''"Idiots! You fell for the oldest trick in the book!"''

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* Appears in ''TheFarSide'', ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', where gecko assassins trying to kill another gecko in his sleep, only to find that it was just his tail in the bed. ''"Idiots! You fell for the oldest trick in the book!"''
25th Dec '15 7:42:51 PM nombretomado
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* Superman does this in the SilverAge comic "Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent's Pal" to keep Jimmy Olsen, who is temporarily rooming with his alter ego, from discovering his SecretIdentity. He took it a step further by using [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands super-ventriloquism]] to make it talk.

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* Superman does this in the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comic "Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent's Pal" to keep Jimmy Olsen, who is temporarily rooming with his alter ego, from discovering his SecretIdentity. He took it a step further by using [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands super-ventriloquism]] to make it talk.
25th Nov '15 3:23:54 PM eroock
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* In the pilot of ''Series/AmericanGothic'', Caleb builds one at the hospital to fool the Sheriff.
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