Magician David Blaine has made a name for himself by attempting some of the most dangerous stunts imaginable, but during his most recent primetime TV special, ABC’s David Blaine: Beyond Magic, the 43-year-old proved just how real the dangers of being a magician can be.
The show, which was filmed inside Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of 20,000 fans, including the ever-handsome David Beckham, featured Blaine’s much hyped-about bullet catching trick… which could have cost him his life.
In short, the trick, which Blaine successfully premiered way back in 2010, saw the magician pulling a string to fire a rifle in order to then catch the bullet in a metal cup that was attached to a mouth guard covering his gums. That didn’t happen, however, because the metal cup slipped out of place and things quickly took a turn for the worse.
“Time just started to move really slow,” Blaine recalls in the clip above, which shows the heart-stopping accident that’s still making us wince. “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.”
Luckily, doctors found he was, in fact, alive and merely suffering from a lacerated throat, though it’s unclear whether he was hit by a piece of the mouthguard (which shattered) or something else. While the magician is expected to make a full recovery, it was enough to terrify his loved ones: According to The Daily Telegraph, David’s friends have refused to ever help him orchestrate the bullet catching trick again. Good call, guys! YIKES!
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(h/t Daily Telegraph, photo via Brad Barket/Getty)