10 Magic Tricks That Went Disastrously Wrong Live

10. David Blaine Nearly Blows His Head Off

World-famous magician and illusionist David Blaine is proof that even the most seasoned of veterans can have a bad day at the office, when a live performance of his bullet-catch trick went seriously wrong and almost ended his life.

Blaine would perform the trick by attaching a piece of string to the trigger of a gun - so when he pulled on the string, the gun fired. The idea was that the gun would fire a bullet into a steel cup held in-between his teeth, which were protected by a mouth guard.

But, on this occasion, things didn't go quite as smoothly as Blaine had hoped.

Upon firing the gun the bullet did meet its target, but the force of the gunshot caused a laceration in his throat.

After the incident, the magician said he had felt an impact at the back of his throat, and in that moment, he thought he was dead. Thankfully, his injuries weren't life-threatening, but he was rushed to hospital after the show.

Videos of the incident show Blaine insisting that he's fine while waving at the audience, but he's very clearly in pain and he's lucky that things weren't a lot, lot worse.

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