10 Magic Tricks That Went Disastrously Wrong Live

Performers on fire... and not in a good way.

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Part of the appeal of watching certain magic tricks is the sense of danger that can accompany them.

It's odd to think about it this way, but if there's a chance someone will be decapitated, set on fire, drowned, or cut in half, we're more likely to watch intently.

Quite why we enjoy watching people suffer and risk their lives is anyone's guess, and while that's strange, it's even stranger for people to want to put themselves in danger, all for the sake of high ratings, YouTube hits or five minutes of fame.

Because, as history proves, magic tricks can - and do - go wrong. There are stories of people dying on stage that date back as far as the 19th century, and as the years progressed, these magical mishaps started popping up on camera, all so they can entertain you for a handful of violent minutes. You bunch of sadists.

When magic tricks work, they can be a sight to behold, and when they don't work... well, they're definitely a sight. It's not clear whether we should admire their bravery or condemn their foolishness, but the following ten performers certainly gave us something worth discussing...

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