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Thousands apply to be paintball 'bullet tester'

UKPaintball owner Justin Toohig said the applicants include an "ex-magician's assistant who was once almost shot for real in an illusion that went horribly wrong."

By Ben Hooper
Thousands apply to be paintball 'bullet tester'
Photo by Sergey Dolgikh/Shutterstock

HORSHAM, England, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A British paintball company said its job posting for a "bullet tester" with a "relatively high pain threshold" has received about 10,000 responses.

UKPaintball said some 10,000 applicants from as far away as the United States and India have replied to the ad seeking a person with a "relatively high pain threshold" to be "shot at with every new batch of paint bullets to ensure that all health and safety checks are in place before we can use them on the general public and paying customers."

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The job pays about $61,000 per year and features "extremely flexible working hours and travel expenses."

Justin Toohig, owner of the company, said the applicants include a man who said he would make a perfect target due to his large size and an "ex-magician's assistant who was once almost shot for real in an illusion that went horribly wrong."

"We couldn't have predicted that so many people in the U.K. and beyond would want to get shot for a living," Toohig told Sky News. "It's going to be a real struggle attempting to whittle down the thousands of applicants to just one."

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