Magician David Blaine was pretty close to experiencing his last stunt when his famous bullet-catch trick took a wrong turn during a performance on his television show Beyond Magic, which aired January 6th.
The stunt saw him nearly blow own head right off.
The 43-year-old narrated the video which caught the incident, saying: “Time just started to move really slow.”
Blaine was fitted with a special gum shield that holds a metal cup, in which he would catch the bullet. A laser pointed to the spot in the cup where the bullet would hit, and Blaine held the end of a rope attached to the rifle he triggered himself.
Unfortunately, the cup slipped off the grooves that attached it to the shield, sending it forcefully to the back of his throat.
In his narration of the near-death experience, he says:
“When the bullet struck the cup, there was a high-pitched ringing in my ear. I felt an impact on the back of my throat.”
“I was sure the bullet went right through my head and that I was dead,” Blaine added. “Suddenly I became aware of the pain and it brought me back.”
“At that moment, I realized that the mouth guard had shattered again, and I was alive,” he concluded.
Doctors looked him over and found he suffered a lacerated throat. He’s very fortunate that that is the extent of the damage. Friends have refused to help him perform the stunt from here on, but Blaine, of course, still plans on doing the trick. Magicians be crazy!
Needless to say, don’t try this at home!
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