LAS VEGAS – David Blaine, master magician and illusionist, shot himself in the mouth as he performed one of his scariest tricks: the bullet catch.
While preparing for his television show 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.
“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.”
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.
The near-deadly stunt was performed in November at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was shown on “Beyond Magic,” which aired Saturday night on ABC.