Shooting The Burning Wick Off A Candle In Ultra Slow Motion

November 30, 2016


This is a video of the Slow-Mo Guys shooting the wick off a burning candle with a pellet gun while filming it at 28,000 frames/second. For reference, that's 27,999 frames per second more than a single frame (aka a photograph). It takes them several attempts before they actually hit the wick, presumably because it's difficult to shoot the wick of a candle with a pellet gun. I mean sure I could have done it on the first try, but that's just me and my friends don't call me the Dead-Eyed Dandy for no reason. They call me that because I only wear vests and my left eye always points straight down.

Keep going for the video, but skip to 4:35 for the actual hit and sweet slow motion results.

Thanks to Carmen, who not only could have hit the wick on the first try, but shot a flaming arrow to relight the candle before you could say "Wait, wait, don't shoot yet, I'm still standing behind it."

  • Djangus Roundstone

    How excited do you get whenever the slow mo guys make a video since you always just post them to your blog

  • Meh

    GW sorry for derailing but i got this several times today:

    Internal Server Error

    The server encountered an internal error or
    misconfiguration and was unable to complete
    your request.

    Please contact the server administrator at to inform them of the time this error occurred,
    and the actions you performed just before this error.

    More information about this error may be available
    in the server error log.

    Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error
    error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  • GeneralDisorder

    You're not alone. Without server log access ( isn't hosted by my employer so I don't have access) I can assume that it's something wonky with the CMS (Is it Wordpress or is it something less suck than WP?)

    Shit happens. Things break. I can say with some degree of certainty it wasn't a database issue.

    The bonus... the 500 page was actually handled nicely by the software. So kudos. Someone in the back end is doing something right.

  • Sean Lally

    Yup, happened to me too yesterday. Only once, quick reload and it loaded fine...

  • KungFuTreachery

    Did it happen while you were making $500/day working from home?

  • Wonfis

    That guy seems to be slacking off today.

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