Ever have one of those moments when you attempt to pull the cord on the trigger of a .22-caliber rifle aimed at your head and catch the bullet with a metal cup held in your mouth and think, for a split second, that you've just killed yourself?
Because David Blaine has.
Yes, when he's not barfing up frogs as a party trick to gross out Dave Chappelle, Steph Curry, and Drake, Blaine is attempting stunts like the one described above. In fact, he's been doing the "bullet catch" since 2010, and wants to include it in his upcoming world tour. The problem is, his friends won't help him perform the trick anymore, and the last time he tried it solo, as revealed in the Beyond Magic special that aired Friday night, he almost died in front of 20,000 people at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. You know, normal magic stuff.
What happened, apparently, is that Blaine's troublesome mouth guard shattered, causing the metal cup to rocket into the back of his throat. "I was sure the bullet went right through my head and that I was dead," Blaine recounted in narrating the incident. "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." Afterward, doctors confirmed that he had lacerated his throat.
Even so, Blaine has vowed to keep doing the bullet catch, which makes you wonder if this "accident" wasn't a deliberate effort to stir up some hype. Because that would be the greatest illusion of all.