Slow motion video of things being destroyed

Tempus II from Philip Heron on Vimeo.

James Gurney says: "Did you ever wonder what happens in slow motion when a martial arts expert whacks his hand against a stack of bricks? The fingers flex alarmingly."

You'll also see what happens when an egg is dropped on a mousetrap, and a water balloon is thrown with force at a person.

Things being destroyed very slowly


    1. Perhaps we could see a time lapse video of the making of this slow motion video of things being destroyed…

  1. Yeah, that second bricksmash at 2:05 looks especially painful. Can a human hand squish and flop like that and still be whole?

    But my favorite is the Bic lighter at 3:20. I didn’t realize it before, but I’ve been waiting my whole life to see that in slomo. =^)

  2. Ttttttthhhhhhaaaaaaatttttt wwwwwwaaaassssss rrrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaalllllllyyyyyyyy ffffffffuuuuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Where are the people from the washing machine thread? I was looking forward to comments like “Yesterday my friend shows me a picture of some people in Ghana who had to use candles for light, and today I see videos of light bulbs being destroyed. Sad.”

  4. Very cool, but somehow menacing as well. Sort of spooky for me for some reason. I would not watch this before going to bed.

    1. I know, right? I feel the same way -slightly but inexplicably creeped out- whenever I see stuff in slow-mo. Especially if it switches from real-time to slow motion, for some reason. I think it must be because of some nightmare I’ve had but can’t quite remember involving slow motion.

  5. I found myself smiling the whole time while watching. Agreed @#2, seeing the lighter like that was amazing!

  6. the lighter was amazing. and i’m glad those snooty wine glasses got was was coming to ’em.

    quite lol-vly, overall.

  7. That was really cool. My favourites have to be the egg-in-mousetrap (the decapitation by the bar was awesome) and the water/paint balloon (the balloon retracting while the liquid stayed in a globe was also awesome).

  8. I’ve been saturated with so many slow motion digital effects that the lighter almost looked fake to me.

    My favorite things were the jelly getting shot, the triple mouse trap light bulb smash and the nearly perfectly synchronized fluid drips from the green and blue wineglasses. The two handed egg slap was fun, too.

  9. I didn’t feel sorry for the washing machine, but taking a sledgehammer to a Sony PVM monitor? That’s just cruel.

  10. 2:53, all I could think of was OOOH YEEEEEAH. Someone needs to make a .gif, shooping the kool aid man onto the fist.

  11. Yeah, that second bricksmash at 2:05 looks especially painful. Can a human hand squish and flop like that and still be whole?

    It’s visually deceptive. There’s two things going on here.

    Firstly, your fingers have a fair bit of lateral movement capability – try touching the tip of your little finger with the tip of your index finger. The bones are just moving through that arc.

    Secondly, the skin is not that firmly attached to the bones. Most of the squicky thing you’re seeing is the skin rippling as the wave from the impact passes through it. It makes the whole motion look a lot more dramatic than it is.

  12. Isn’t it interesting that there are some many slow-motion videos of stuff being destroyed, and so many time-lapse video of stuff being created?

  13. I’ve always loved watching liquids in slow motion. On the flip side, I also love time-lapse videos of things like flowers growing and blooming. I think they used to show some videos like this on PBS back when I was a young child (late 70s-early 80s). Does anybody else remember seeing something like that on PBS?

  14. At 3:12 in the video.

    Enjoy Hedgehog Cola, the only soft drink endorsed by Ron Jeremy!

    Yes, I know.

    I’m bad and I should feel bad!

  15. For anyone who thinks “gee, that breaking stuff with the side of your hand looks cool” please don’t do it without training. One mistake people make is that they assume the knife edge of the hand is being used, it isn’t. It is actually the bone at the base of the edge of the hand just before the wrist that is used to strike. Run your finger down the edge of your hand until you feel a bulge just before the wrist, that is it. It is also toughened and calcified further by the repeated striking of a wooden block (or even steel plate).

    If you try using the knife edge of your hand you will probably break the weak carpal bones there and may even damage the nerves running along it causing you to permanently lose all feeling to half of your hand.

  16. Hi, I worked on this video(Scott Brown) and was just wondering how you got this?

    I have notified the producers and strongly suggest you speak to them, i can help with this.

    Glad you like the work though, just wish you could appreciate it through the proper means. There is a legit copy on Vimeo under the search Tempus II, by one of the producers Philip Heron.

    Sorry guys, really do appreciate the interest though, it was a great project to work on.

    Scott. x

  17. My name is Philip Heron, the co-creator, producer and director of this video. Glad people like it but i would of preferred you ask my permission before uploading.

    See better quality version of Tempus II at:


    1. Hi Philip,

      I didn’t upload the video (or download it for that matter). I embedded a stream of an existing YouTube video. In any case, I changed the embed link to Vimeo and included the attribution. Great work!

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