In a recent stunt gone wrong, magician David Blaine nearly killed himself when he shot a bullet into his own throat, all while filming the stunt.
Blaine, 43, master magician and illusionist, is known for his high-profile acts of endurance. He is also known for breaking many world records. Blaine was performing one of his scariest tricks at the time of the accident – the bullet catch.
Blaine was preparing for his television show Beyond Magic. He was wearing a fitted gum shield in his mouth that held a metal cup. The metal cup was actually supposed to catch the bullet. However, the trick went very wrong.
As seen in the video, when Blaine pulls the trigger and the bullet enters his mouth, the bullet shatters the shield. The metal cup slipped out of the gum shield.
When speaking about the accident, Blaine said “Time just started to move really slow. When the bullet struck the cup, there was a high-pitched ringing in my ear. I felt an impact in the back of my throat, and I was sure the bullet went right through my head and I was dead. 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.”
Blaine was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered that he had suffered a lacerated throat.
The stunt was performed in November at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was aired Saturday night on ABC.
Blaine was able to continue the show despite the accident. He continued to thank the audience before being rushed back for medical attention, fooling the crowd.
Blaine said he has been performing this trick since 2010. Despite the accident, Blaine still plans to perform the trick at his upcoming tour.
The preparation for the stunt was almost as intense as the stunt itself. Blaine gave signed indemnification letters to each of his team members so that they would not legally be responsible if he were to die while doing the stunt.
“I hope nobody ever continues this and I hope this ends the tradition of the bullet catch,” Blaine says. “I do not recommend this.”
Blaine has made himself known by doing stunts such as being buried alive for a week, encasing himself in a block of ice for three days and living in a glass box for three days with no food.