David Blaine Hospitalized after Gun Stunt Goes Wrong

David Blaine was rushed to a hospital after attempting a bullet-catching stunt with his teeth. The magician and previously successfully executed this feat but at a recent “Beyond Magic” show things went very wrong.

Blaine’s bullet-catching performance isn’t one of slight-of-hand but rather carefully placed ballistics. In the stunt, he holds a bullet catcher in his mouth with a special mouthguard rig. Then he stands perfectly still in front of a .22-caliber rimfire rifle which he then fires with the pull of a cord.

The magic is that he has the sheer force of will to shoot himself in the face. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to come up with the shooting system that can be trusted to put a bullet into the catcher with flawless accuracy and even more trust in the bullet catching contraption.

It was during this performance that the bullet catcher failed. Fortunately for Blaine, the failure was not catastrophic. The catcher stopped the bullet but broke free from its rig. In effect, the catcher turned into a giant projectile that smashed into his throat.

Describing the accident after the show Blaine said that as soon as the stunt failed that “Time 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,” said Blaine. “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.”

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Blaine was obviously upset and in pain, cursing, coughing and spitting while his staff gathered around him. The audience cheered anyway.

In case anyone needs to be told not to try this at home, this isn’t the first time the mouth-guard failed. “At that moment I realized that the mouth-guard had simply shattered again, and that I was alive.”

So on top of having the willpower to shoot himself in the face, it Blaine knew that the system had its faults — and he performed the stunt anyway.

This time the failure led to a lacerated throat. In a way, it could still be seen as a successful performance. After all, Blaine lived to tell about it. Things could have certainly gone worse.

About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Jim June 21, 2019, 1:00 pm

    ANYONE who performs this stupid stunt should be examined by a Shrink. He also should be held responsible for any other stupid POS who tried to do this and ends up blowing their brains out. Look, being shot at is not fun and should be avoided if at all possible. being shot is even less fun and you are often called lucky if you survive. You may still end up paralyzed or lose some part of your body or end up with a serious disability and then you can tell me just how lucky that person is. Bottom line, DO NOT play with firearms. They are for self defense or practice on a firing range where you must obey safety rules.

  • ejharb February 6, 2017, 4:53 pm

    Do it again,I didn’t see it before.
    This time get more insurance so your poor family will be better off

  • alex January 21, 2017, 8:48 pm

    let the stupid be punished.

  • Ward Chapman January 21, 2017, 7:19 pm

    What an idiot!

  • Larry January 21, 2017, 12:31 pm

    Wow, David, that is really dumb!

  • ROSCOE January 21, 2017, 8:32 am

    I am a part-time professional magician and sideshow performer. I am also a longtime member of the NRA. This stunt is neither magic nor sideshow worthy. It is stupid and dangerous. I hope David has learned the lesson pain imparts,

  • BIGKIELBASSA January 20, 2017, 3:28 pm

    But I’m quite sure the liberals will blame it on the gun . Those bad rim fire rifles. More fuel for the anti gun nuts to use against us .

  • mblack January 20, 2017, 3:17 pm

    That takes a special kind of stupid. Not as rare as it used to be though.

  • godfrey daniel January 20, 2017, 2:20 pm

    He makes tons of $ off gullible people. It’s called “illusion”.

  • Mike Watkins January 20, 2017, 12:59 pm

    One: He goes on stage with a stunt that’s scary dangerous to start with.

    Two: He survives a partial fail.

    Three: He performs subsequent repeats of same stunt to much GREATER publicity, LARGER audiences, vastly HIGHER financial compensation.

    Remember this character called Evel Knievel who did outrageous motorcycle jump stunts 20-30 years ago? He failed –catastrophically–at least as many of those jumps as he nailed. People paid more and more to watch.

    People pay bigger and bigger bucks when there’s some hope of seeing the guy get his brains splattered.

    Of course this “magician” and his team know that.

  • James Tautkus January 20, 2017, 12:26 pm

    Pussy, should of used a 50 bmg.

  • LJ January 20, 2017, 10:49 am

    Why not use a 30-06 you ignorant bone-head?

  • Evan January 20, 2017, 10:42 am

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • beebow balooba January 20, 2017, 10:06 am

    Reminds me of the Crocodile guy and the stingray. TV/Youtube is the modern Colosseum.

  • Abner T January 20, 2017, 9:25 am

    In the words of a memorable philosopher: “Stupid is as stupid does…”

  • Ruger1 January 20, 2017, 8:57 am

    And THIS is what passes for entertainment these days? I Weep for Humanity!!!!!

  • Gary Wills January 20, 2017, 8:38 am

    As long as idiots will pay , idiots will deliver.
    A sane man doesn’t tempt fate, he lives with the fact to die is fruitless .

  • Mark Tercsak January 20, 2017, 8:19 am


  • Cyrus January 20, 2017, 8:09 am

    As seen on YouTube a million times – “Hey Everyone . . .Watch This!”

    • mike January 20, 2017, 9:24 am

      The correct statement is “Hey hold My BEER and WATCH THIS”

  • akjc77 January 20, 2017, 6:07 am

    I was totally thinking same thing as Miles Higgins posted above when I watched video of him do it the time it went ok! Even if he used hand reloaded .22 rimfire ammo eventually he will get a zinger to the face! Part of the feat still makes it entertaining but this is likely to be his death trick in time!

  • Ed Sjolin January 20, 2017, 5:26 am

    Explain to me how demonstrated idiocy can be called entertainment. If he’s too lazy to work he should move to North Dakota. They have very liberal social welfare programs and a mountain of oil money.

  • Joe January 20, 2017, 4:13 am

    Stupid is what stupid does…

  • Miles Huggins January 14, 2017, 12:11 am

    Someone need to tell him rimfire even the best is notoriously finicky he will shoot himself on day i guarantee it if he keeps doing it hell get a round that doesnt go off right and is a lil off /dud/underpowered round and shoot himself in the chin or something and he’ll probably be paralized when it lodges in his spine and later die

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