27 Lessons From the Show Burn Notice
Posted on October 31, 2013
This is a picture of the cake my dad had made when I went off to college – originally, to be a spy. So, naturally I love the show Burn Notice. Here are some of my favorite tips I’ve accumulated from the show:
- When you’re in a high speed car chase with a low caliber weapon (i.e. .22), ricocheting bullets off the ground will make them come through the floorboards. The underside of a car is the least reinforced part.
- Spies have to trust people. If you’re constantly looking behind you then you’ll miss what’s in front of you.
- A fake utility box is a decent hiding place. Most people won’t touch anything labeled ‘High Voltage’.
- The most common cover for a spy is as a service person. So, everybody in intelligence knows to check service personnel. Call a utility company with a problem and you’ve created the perfect diversion.
- Have a few rallying points planned out ahead of time with your team.
- The MOST important skill for a spy is their ability to twist the facts in their favor. The worst the facts, the better you have to sell it.
- Take off the interior panels of the car doors and put phone books in them to help make a car bullet resistant. Bullet proof glass is a little spendy but worth every penny.
- All security systems are either designed to keep people in or keep people out. If you’re locked in, try to find a way to hit the lock from the outside.
- High profile covers rarely work. People look too close at wealthy, flashy people. A high profile person’s errand boy on the other hand, is rarely even noticed.
- Garbage trucks rarely have alarm systems. If you need to attack someone who insists on driving around, do it with a garbage truck.
- In close quarters a knife is more effective than a gun. Easier to handle, easier to hide.
- A snatch & grab is simple enough: separate the target from security, then keep security occupied while the target is acquired.
- The right bullet will get through any bulletproof glass.
- Instead of answering questions, plant seeds of doubt. Are they sure their boss won’t kill them? Are they sure their team isn’t planning on killing them?
- When trying to hide in water, fire can be your friend.
- If you’re out manned, you need to make them think you’re bigger than you are. Explosives help with this.
- You have to get rid of the notion of fighting fair. Spies aren’t trained to fight fair, they’re trained to win.
- Use shallow cuts to make a decent amount of blood and use it as a decoy trail.
- No matter the size of the job, you should always have a plan.
- When you torture someone they’ll tell you anything to get you to stop. Reverse interregation works better.
- When it comes to cover id’s, posing as a bad cop is the only way to not raise flags when you don’t do everything by the book.
- Sometimes you’ll have to do something illegal to prove your cover.
- When people are desperate they often fill in the blanks with what they want to hear- without realizing they’re doing it.
- You can’t be afraid to get beat up.
- Use compressed air to make super glue dry faster.
- Car remotes are a great place to plant bugs
- Just because you can escape from a situation, doesn’t always mean you should. Sometimes it’s easier to dodge questions than bullets.
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