Don’t worry: he’s okay–because magicians are as close to immortal as they come. Nonetheless though, 20,000 people witnessed daredevil David Blaine’s accidental shot to the mouth live, and countless more watched at home.
Blaine’s Las Vegas show was recently broadcasted, entitled Beyond Magic. Some may argue that the “beyond” would be defined by crossing the boundary line toward insanity, as the main event was set as the “bullet catch.”
Clad in a bullet-proof vest, he encouraged friends to take shots to his thorax. He then got fitted with a gum shield to grasp a metal cup, in which he intended to catch the next bullet.
The first hint at the mechanism’s failure was the point at which the cup proceeded to slip in and out of the mouth guard’s grooves. The stunt man clasped a rope attached to the rifle, as the laser pointed toward the target the bullet would–or should have–hit. Blaine yanked the rope, and the bullet fired, headed for the cup just as planned. However, the gum shield unfortunately fragmentized in response, exploding into countless shards.
He merely suffered a lacerated throat–and is somehow still talking. Enough so to enlighten us with the outrageous details, as he narrated his account:
“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.”
They’re nearly immortal, alright–but apparently pretty damn stubborn, as well: he intends to dust himself off, get back at the end of the same, fateful barrel, and perform this trick in his impending world tour.