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.
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.