Hey everyone! I am part of the blog tour for Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan. Kurt will be doing a guest post. Of course, with a few revisions. 😉 First though, I’ll share some information about Don’t Get Caught along with a few links. There will also be a blog tour wide giveaway shared at the end where you can win ONE of THREE finished copies of Don’t Get Caught.
Don’t Get Caught
Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 1st, isn’t the the most perfect date for this book?)
Genre: Young Adult
10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club
When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…
Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.
Let the prank war begin.
~Guest Post Topic~
Describe what you would consider to be the perfect heist and how it would be pulled off.
~The Perfect Prank~
In writing DON’T GET CAUGHT, I had to be thinking of bigger and better capers that could be pulled for Max and his friends in the novel. For this post I was originally asked to consider the perfect heist, but look, if we’re going to steal something worth stealing you’re risking prison, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not someone who would do well in prison. BUT, what if you could pull off a major prank with a worldwide audience? Something that would NEVER be forgotten? That’s something worth the time and energy, right? And if you could create a prank where no one really got hurt, no major laws were broken, and would therefore avoid a long prison sentence, that’d be even better, agreed? So with that in mind, I present The Great Super Bowl Prank.
***Disclaimer: This is a terrible idea that won’t work, so don’t really do it, okay? DON’T DO IT. Got it?***
The Target: The Super Bowl
If you’re going to pull a prank, I say go big. Regardless of whether or not you like football, it’s undeniable that the NFL’s championship game is always one of the most watched events on TV every single year. Possibly one hundred million viewers? You can’t ask for a better event to prank.
Every year, a major star headlines the Super Bowl halftime show. Beyonce, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, U2… regardless of musical genre, they always put on an over-the-top stage and light show. One part of this show is the opening moments when the football field is flooded with fans rushing to the stage. There have to be, what?, at least 250 fans out there as well as flag wavers, dancers, and that weird shark guy on stage with Katy Perry. Mixing in with that crowd is your best way of ending up on the field.
How: Part 1
I’m betting everyone on that field, even the fans who only have to yell and scream, has gone through a security check and run through countless rehearsals. Getting the right security passes to get into the stadium and onto the field though is going to be difficult, but essential. You’ll need someone staking out the stadium during the week of the Super Bowl when these practices are going on, and then have that person approach the fans as they exit the stadium. My plan–mix in with this crowd, sidle up beside someone who looks friendly but is off by him/herself, and start crying that you’ve lost your pass. Not to be sexist, but a girl asking a guy to see his pass is a lot more likely to be successful than vice-versa, because let’s be honest, guys are much more gullible than girls. Maybe you take a picture of his pass, maybe we have you scan it somehow, or maybe you swap his pass with a fake one, but ultimately we’re looking for a way to duplicate the pass needed to get into the stadium on game day.
How: Part 2
So somehow the five of you–heist crews are usually made up of five–have made it into the underbelly of the host stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, and are waiting for halftime. The trick here as I write about in DON’T GET CAUGHT is to follow Rule #2 – Be cool. No one is checking you out thinking you’re suspicious, so don’t give them a reason to think you’re suspicious. Mix in with the rest of the fans, make pleasant chit-chat, talk about how excited you are, and whatever you do, keep your back to the wall so no one notices the weird shape that appears to be there!
This is it! The first half is over, the players are heading into the locker room, and the crew is out setting up the stage. An announcement is made, probably by some really tense person with a bullhorn, that it’s time to head out. You and the rest of your crew bolt onto the field with hundreds of others to the cheers of over fifty thousand people. You each take up different positions apart from one another in the stage area, and the show starts. The halftime show is always around fifteen minutes long, so let’s be nice and allow the band a couple of songs before we become the focus of the show, shall we?
So much can go wrong when you’ve planned out a prank. But somehow you’ve made it onto the field, the halftime show is in full-effect, and no one is paying attention to you. This is exactly what you hoped for. Now, kneel down, take the lighter out of your shoe and the collapsible floating lantern out from under your shirt. Yes, one of those paper lanterns that you light at the bottom like a hot air balloon. From the time you light the burnable patch to when the balloon achieves liftoff we’re talking about a minute. If you’re lucky, the lantern launches. If you’re unlucky, you get tackled by security and are an embarrassment to your family as you’re dragged off the field. If you’re super unlucky, one of the military snipers on the roof shoots you. But let’s think positively. The five lanterns you and your friends have successfully launched are now floating slowly into the sky. Congrats!
“Wait?! That’s it?”, you’re shouting at me. “Stupid floating lanterns? How is that cool?” Because you can also write on those lanterns before getting to the stadium, duh. Your message will be seen by one million viewers. What do you want it to say to the world? This is your chance! “Donate to the Humane Society?” “Will you go out with me, (insert name here)?” “Be nice to each other.” Or if you want to be my best friend, “Read DON’T GET CAUGHT!”
Look, there’s no getting around it, you’re going to get arrested. There are too many cameras in that stadium and someone’s going to have you on video. So yeah, we’re talking fingerprints, mugshot, angry parents, the whole deal. But, and I’m not a lawyer but I’ve seen a lot of episodes of Law and Order, I’m pretty sure you’re only looking at a fine and maybe some community service, especially if you get a judge with a sense of humor and you play the “Gee, I was just having fun and no one got hurt” card. And in a perfect world, you achieve some sort of cult status and get to appear on Jimmy Kimmel or Good Morning America and soon the celebrity of your choice is inviting you out to LA or New York to be their best friend. One can only hope.
And one final time–Remember, don’t do this! It’s a terrible, terrible idea that will not work!
So, I guess my heist plans will have to be put on hold as Kurt did not play along nor give me any ideas. I am also pretty disappointed that his Super Bowl prank didn’t involve getting Carly Rae Jepsen to perform in the halftime show. Sigh. Now if I were to do this prank, I’d somehow make sure Carly performed and if I were unable to do that, I would fill these floating lanterns with notes about Carly’s wonderfulness and all would be right in the world.
However, in regards to this prank who wouldn’t want to be on a talk show all over tv and then being asked to be a celeb’s best friend? Can I pick Carly? She’s not exactly a celebrity because she’s very unappreciated as well as a singer, but I can dream as well as hope, right?
P.S. I kept having Boy Meets World and Carly Rae Jepsen vine flashbacks.
Thank you for that entertaining post, Kurt! And happy book release month!
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Also, it’s U.S. only, I’m sorry International people.
Here are the other blogs on the blog tour, so check those posts out. 🙂