Magician David Blaine has had an extremely close call, when a performance of his famous bullet catch trick …

David Blaine Shoots Himself In The Mouth As Bullet Catch Trick Fails

David Blaine Shoots Himself In The Mouth As Bullet Catch Trick Fails

… 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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