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8th Dec '17 9:18:29 PM Benthelame
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''Literature/TheBible'' Features an instance of this when David tries yet another time to escape a murder attempt at the hands of Saul.His wife Michal warns him about Saul's plan. After David escapes through the window, she takes the house idol and dresses it up in clothes. She covers its head with goat hair and lies it in the bed. When Saul's messengers come, she tells them that he is sick. This doesn't deter Saul. He asks the messengers to bring David to him bed and all so he can kill him in it at which point the ruse is discovered.
--> '''1 Samuel 19:11-15'''
--> 11 Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch for him, so that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled and escaped. 13 And Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed, put a pillow of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes. 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” 15 Then Saul sent the messengers [again] to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me on his bed [if necessary], so that I may kill him.” 16 When the messengers came in, there was the household idol on the bed with a quilt of goats’ hair at its head.
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30th Aug '17 6:49:02 PM nombretomado
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* Mary Ann from ''TheBabysittersClub'' tries this at camp, using a cantaloupe as the head. It doesn't fool the counselors whatsoever, though she does impress the other counselors-in-training, which was was what she was trying to do in the first place.

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* Mary Ann from ''TheBabysittersClub'' ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'' tries this at camp, using a cantaloupe as the head. It doesn't fool the counselors whatsoever, though she does impress the other counselors-in-training, which was was what she was trying to do in the first place.
21st Aug '17 8:08:57 PM PaulA
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* In one of the ''[[Creator/MercedesLackey Doubled Edge]]'' novels, Rhoslyn needs to go Underhill while seeming to stay in the mortal world. She arranges a couple pillows under her blanket ... and then casts an illusion of her sleeping mortal disguise on the pillows.

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* In one of the ''[[Creator/MercedesLackey Doubled Edge]]'' Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Doubled Edge'' novels, Rhoslyn needs to go Underhill while seeming to stay in the mortal world. She arranges a couple pillows under her blanket ... and then casts an illusion of her sleeping mortal disguise on the pillows.
18th Aug '17 6:29:26 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fangbone}}'': Bill leaves one in his bed when he sneaks out of the house to collect his mother's presents in "The Present of Feathers".
8th Aug '17 5:01:06 AM foxley
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** When the Doctor finds a way out of the room the Monk has imprisoned him in in "The Time Meddler", he makes one of these to delay the Monk noticing he's gone.
14th Jul '17 11:45:39 PM Vir
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** In another episode, Lois pulls the sheet off the bed thinking that it's Peter and finds that it's a pile of skulls. Apparently, Peter always does it when he's depressed.
1st Jul '17 3:25:17 AM Vir
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ralph uses one of these to break out of {{Prison}}. He would have made one for Earl, but ended up eating the watermelon that would have comprised the Earl-dummy's head.
* In ''Series/TheGoodies'' Graeme uses one so Tim and Bill won't realise he's made off with their [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext cream mine]] claim until it's too late.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ralph uses one of these to break out of {{Prison}}.{{prison}}. He would have made one for Earl, but ended up eating the watermelon that would have comprised the Earl-dummy's head.
* In ''Series/TheGoodies'' Graeme uses one so Tim and Bill won't realise he's made off with their [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext cream mine]] claim until it's too late.
1st Jul '17 3:17:24 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "The Big Problem", Vicky constructs one of Timmy when she sees he's gone missing and she doesn't want his parents finding out or she'll be held accountable. Timmy's Dad buys it, even close-up where it's obvious that its head is a basketball wearing Timmy's hat.
30th Jun '17 5:10:04 AM foxley
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor and Jo pull this off to help them escape from imprisonment by The Master in ''Frontier in Space''. [[spoiler: The Master is only fooled for a little while, but long enough for The Doctor to royally muck up his plot]].

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In ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Ark", Venussa and Dassuk pull this trick to allow Dassuk to escape from the Security Kitchen and free the slaves.
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Doctor and Jo pull this off to help them escape from imprisonment by The Master in ''Frontier in Space''. [[spoiler: The Master is only fooled for a little while, but long enough for The Doctor to royally muck up his plot]].
12th Jun '17 11:50:56 AM JackG
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* In ''Requiem for an Assassin'' by Barry Eisler, the BigBad actually murders an innocent bystander for this trick. Knowing that Literature/JohnRain is stalking him through a park at night, he kills someone and leaves their body in a position where he's apparently waiting in ambush. As Rain sneaks up on the corpse, he gets captured.
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