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David Blaine Nearly Killed Himself Trying to Catch a Bullet in His Mouth

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

David Blaine injured himself in a scary moment when one of his tricks went awry. You can see video of the moment below, which aired in November as party of the stage magician’s ABC special Beyond Magic. After having aired then, it’s just now going viral.

The stunt was part of a bullet-catching trick in which Blaine fired a bullet at himself using a string. He had a protective mouthguard in place that ended up getting shattered, cutting his mouth in front of the live studio audience. He was taken away in an ambulance.

Blaine talks about how the trick went awry, saying, “When the bullet struck the cup, there was a high-pitched ringing in my ear 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, and then suddenly I became aware of the pain and it brought me back,” he went on. “At that moment, I realized that the mouthguard had shattered again, and I was alive.”

Medical personnel inspected Blane at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. While one of his friends who assisted vowed not to do the stunt again, Blaine said, “We’re going to do it right. That’s the end of the story.”

It’s not the first time the magician has tried the trick; he performed it in a 2010 special and in front of a live audience in 2015.

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