By DJ - 07/04/2013 18:52 - Ireland - Dublin
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Maybe you should test his reaction time by punching him in the balls.
#46, the point is that Houdini was well trained for such stuff and had even invited a punch -- but the gut puncher hit him without giving him a chance to prepare, and Houdini died from it. Even the most-skilled person can be grievously harmed if caught unawares. So not only was what OP's father did hugely unkind and a stupid idea, it was also pointless as preparation and yes, potentially fatal.
That's like throwing your kid in the pool to teach him how to swim.