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Cackle-bladder (or cacklebladder) is a means of faking someone's death through the use of a rubber bladder filled with fake blood. Its name is derived from the fact that traditionally chicken blood was used. Cackle-bladders are used particularly in confidence tricks and espionage. As part of a con, a cackle-bladder can be used to fool the mark (person being conned) into believing that one of the con artists has been killed.[1] In espionage, a cackle-bladder can be used as a basis for blackmail.[2] This method has been popularised through the BBC television series Hustle.[3]


  1. ^ Brunvand, Jan Harold (1998). American Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0815333501. 
  2. ^ Green, Jonathon (1984). Newspeak: A Dictionary of Newspeak. Routledge. p. 38. 
  3. ^ "Hustle: Con Jargon". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2011.