Magician David Blaine has had an extremely close call, when a performance of his famous bullet catch trick …
… sorry, bullet catch ‘illusion’ backfired and very nearly left him for dead.
Blaine was performing his bullet catch – a stunt he first attempted in his show in 2010 – in front of a packed crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when the mishap occurred.
In the lead-up, Blaine allowed a number of people to shoot him in the chest while wearing a bulletproof vest, and then fitted himself with the gum shield, which included a metal cup intended to capture the bullet.
The cup was seen to be “slipping in and out of the grooves” of the gum shield in the lead-up to the shot, but Blaine pressed on, and tugged on a rope that was attached to a rifle, which was to fire a bullet into his mouth.
The bullet was fired into the cup, but the gum shield shattered, and Blaine later said:
“Time just started to move really slow. When the bullet struck the cup, there was a high-pitched ringing in my ears and 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. Suddenly I became aware of the pain and it brought me back. At that moment I realised that the mouth guard had shattered again, and I was alive.”
In the end, Blaine came away from the incident with just a lacerated throat, and he still intends to perform the stunt on his upcoming world tour. You do you, m8.
Source: The Sun.
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