David Blaine, master magician and illusionist, shot himself in the mouth as he performed one of his scariest tricks: the bullet catch.
It happened in November at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was shown on ABC’s “Beyond Magic” over the weekend.
While preparing for “Beyond Magic,” Blaine was attempting to catch a bullet in his mouth. He was fitted with a gum shield that went in this mouth. The shield held a metal cup – and that’s what he would actually catch the bullet in.
But the clip that aired on the show shows that this trick went wrong – in a big way. The metal cup slipped out of the gum shield. When the bullet hit, the shield shattered.
In the video, Blaine narrates his frightening experience and says:
“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.”
He was taken to a hospital, where doctors found that he had a lacerated throat.
He still plans to do the trick on his upcoming tour though.