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  • richard roop
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    Was watching some old film on You Tube last night and ran across one of Howard Hill shooting a ‘smoking arrow’ and another of the Wilhelm Brothers doing the same thing. The narrator mentioned that the arrow was dipped in a chemical that when exposed to the air gave off the smoke. Kind of a neat effect.


    Anybody know what that chemical was ??


    Thanx !!!!

  • rgrist
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    Never heard of the smoking arrow trick before, but would guess its most likely white phosphorus. I needs to be stored under water as it will ignite and smoke when exposed to air. (I thought this was gonna be an eye test when I first read it).


  • richard roop
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    The video was ‘Meet The Champs: The Wilhelm Brothers’

    Well worth the watch !!!  Apparently, Walt Wilhelm had a shoulder injury in the past and drew the arrow to his chest.  They were both awesome shots.

  • aeronut
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    Possibly liquid nitrogen that they dipped the arrows in.  But that would make them brittle.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    I don’t have the foggiest idea how to do it —-

    But, where there is smoke, there is fire – or the possibility there of – safety first.

    Mixing chemicals is something I avoid at this stage in life

    Scout aka Ray


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