David Blaine Shot In The Mouth

I was mildy curious what David Blaine: What is Magic?, a video on Netflix, would have in terms of magic tricks. If you recall, David Blaine has made himself popular performing magic on the street as well as performing endurance challenges such as being encased in ice for 63 hours, buried alive, standing on 100 foot pillar for 35 hours and other ridiculous spectacles.

While the two hour long program on Netflix did have some intriguing tricks it was the end of the show that caught my attention. David Blaine stood in a gun range and had a .22LR bolt action rifle shot at his mouth where he catches the bullet with a special steel shot glass.

There is a bit going on with the set up and to kill time they show the gun shooting an apple and film it all in high speed. They have a guy shoot an H&K USC past Blaine’s head.

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I have circled the .45acp bullet in flight.



Then to warm up to being shot in the mouth, Blaine holds the cup in his hand and has the shooter shoot the cup with the .22lr rifle.



Here is the rifle that was used. Can anyone ID this rifle make and model?



And here is a screen cap of the .22LR bullet flying toward his mouth cup. It appears the cup has a slanted bottom. So rather than hitting a 90 degree wall, it slams into an incline thus dissipating energy a bit more.

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I am not sure why he did this. This does not seem like a very challenging endeavor. Not that I want to do it myself and nor should you. It is just that there is very little to gain from this stupid trick and too much risk. Also this does not seem as challenging as his other endurance performances. Standing atop a 22″ wide platform 100 feet in the air for 35 hours is challenging. Here, you just stand still and have an accurate .22LR shoot into a small cup that you are holding. Standing still for that brief amount of time does not seem all that impressive. Also he wore glasses when he held the shot glass in his hands but didn’t wear any when he was shot in the mouth Very dumb. Especially since you can see fragments flying as the bullet shatters in the cup.

Here is a video clip I found online.

Nicholas C

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  • Disarmed in CA

    Need a bigger projectile.

    • CS

      It should have been a 50bmg.

      • iksnilol

        Or just a rock… srsly, just throw a rock and see if he manages to catch it.

        • Dougscamo

          Good idea….and see if he has been trained to fetch to hand….

        • Billy Jack

          Or bury him up to his neck and have multiple people with rocks…

        • mbrd

          his mouth looks big enough to take a… oops, this is probably going the wrong way…. 40mm?

        • mbrd

          oh, you meant to see if he could do the trick with no hucksterism tactics (or is that strategy? kinda both).

      • MadMonkey

        But that probably would have killed hi- oooooooooooh

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Sometimes the thing that should have killed you probably just should have killed you.

    • Just say’n

      Yup, cue the kids attempting this for YouTube glory in 3, 2, 1…

      • Billy Jack

        I’d love to see kids on YouTube attempting to kill David Blaine.

    • mbrd

      that which does not kill you tears you down to greater susceptibility.

  • Paul R. Laska

    Just plain stupid. A violation of basic safety protocol, and a bad lesson for other idiots watching it!

    • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

      Go to Bullet catch in Wikipedia to get the list of deceased ones trying this “trick”

    • Dan

      It’s a stunt. Basic safety protocol goes out the window with stunts

    • Just say’n

      Yeah, he isn’t even wearing approved eye or ear pro.

  • valorius

    He did it so people would talk about it, and him. That’s what he does, and that’s how he gets paid.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Why did he do this? Why only a .22?

    Add equal parts “footage of other, bigger, more devastating guns shooting visually appealing targets” and “guns are scary! Oh no!”. Shake well, pour into low-ball glass and serve with a garnish of card tricks.

  • GD Ajax

    *Insert fanboi talk about how he didn’t do the magic trick with .45 acp/5.56/5.45/300.blk/crappy fanboi round and their favorite AK/AR/ Craptaculer rifle and how it doesn’t count here*

    • .45

      .50 BMG! .50 BMG!

  • Graham2

    The rifle looks like an Anschutz of some kind.

    • CountryBoy

      I think it’s the sub-model, the “Dumbschitz Pro”, specifically for this stunt.

  • DanGoodShot

    What an ass.

  • Swarf

    He’s not shot in the mouth enough, that’s clear.

  • Bill

    Penn & Teller had a cooler “bullet catch.”

  • Uniform223

    I like that South Park episode where David Blaine becomes a cult leader. Anyways magic tricks are cool and all and there are many variations to essentially the same trick. So color me unimpressed because I’ve seen Penn and Teller do it in their act.
    Pull it off with a buck shot or a rocket propelled ordnance than I’ll be impressed!

  • Sean Glenville

    was he wearing earplugs? I think no ear-pro indoors is almost as brave as catching the bullet

  • Frank Grimes

    Set it to burst, then we’ll be impressed.

  • iksnilol

    CZ 452 maybe? Or an Ansch├╝tz (possibly 64 since those are common) in a hunting stock?

    • CountryBoy

      Nah, for him, only the best will do. I think it’s the upscale model, the “Dumbschitz Pro”.

  • iksnilol

    Why? What about personal responsibility?

    If you’re dumb enough to do this why in goodness almighty should ya sue him?

    • Paul R. Laska

      Because far too many are never exposed to basic firearms safety. Thus seeing this idiot, they may take it upon themselves to emulate him. This is no longer a society of common sense, far too much monkey see, monkey do. He is exposing himself as a model…he needs to take responsibility for his actions as well.

      • iksnilol

        People emulate magicians? Oh, I wonder how many folks died emulating that guy :p

        Also, whining about nowadays people being stupid is simply stupid. People have historically never been better off than now. Teenage pregnancy, delinquency and crime are at all times low and education is at all times high.

        • Dougscamo

          I began my education at a very early age; in fact, right after I left college….Winston Churchill….

        • Paul R. Laska

          People have long emulated magicians. Yes, monkey see, monkey do. They are too stupid to understand there is a trick to it. Unfortunately, we live in an ever stupider society. What dinosaurs such as I learned as children, too many degree holders do not know today. And firearm safety is one of them. Actually, crime and delinquency are climbing, unfortunately even violent crime is starting to, although mostly in select neighborhoods.

      • Bierstadt54

        Monkey see, Monkey do, Monkey die. That’s natural selection at work, and one less idiot. Sounds good to me.

  • iksnilol

    I don’t really understand why people harp on wikipedia. Just look at their sources and you’re good to go.

  • 3==>~Sharia

    This is one of the stupidest ways to get attention imaginable. The four rules should not be broken just because you want to show off on camera. The fact that he flaunts the rules sets the worst example. Televisions is full of dufuses swing guns around like toys, but this takes it to another level of stupid.

    • VT Patriot

      Would this have been filmed and on the internet if he’d blown his head off??

  • Ambassador Vader

    Looks like a Winchester model 52 target rifle.

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  • raz-0

    Here’s a tip. He didn’t stand on a pole for 35 hours. He didn’t live in a plexiglass box for 44 days. Nor cna he hold his breath for over 12 minutes.

    This may have been the most genuine of his stunts, honestly, but there isn’t much risk in editing out the belt and suspenders setup to ensure an incredibly accurate rifle shoots to spot X, and you have positioned an item in spot X correctly.

  • Edeco

    Morbid and overly dramatic. Royal Nonesuch blows this away; apparently risky but RN keeps it low-key and constructive, so it’s like positive-values high-risk behavior.

  • guest

    And for the next act Sirc Charles Darwin presents…

  • Matt

    wax bullet?

  • Bob


  • jeffrey melton

    That not what guns are for.

  • Mcfly

    Next time on Darwin awards …… the magician formerly known as ” Alive “.

  • BeoBear

    Dang that was stupid. That rifle sort of looked like my old Remington 514, which would be a good choice since it shoots long, short and long rifle .22 as well as being extremely accurate. I know it wasn’t the same gun but looked similar. Dang that was stupid.

  • RA

    This was done over 30yrs ago by some other “magicians” , but I can;t remember who.

  • Whitney Philbrick

    Not sure why this was even covered, seems very small beer compared to just about anything else, plus given the strides we have all made in reducing accidental gun injuries this is a dumb idea and doesn’t deserve coverage in a forum this good.
    Just my $.02, or less….

  • John Wisch

    .50 BMG next time David, that would be MAGIC !

  • silvestris

    They are supposed to catch the bullet with their teeth like they did in the good old days.

  • Ben Pottinger

    All I could think about while watching this was if the bullet had only gone up a half inch or so he would have lost his top teeth, and had terrible, possibly fatal damage done to the back of his neck. If he was shot along centerline (I can’t really tell) it would have probably been a fatal spinal/cns shot. Beyond stupid.

  • Maria

    I found the act of him shooting himself in the face quite disturbing! It was hard to watch plus all I could think about was all the copy cats that would try this. With all the shootings that are happening all over the country I thought his choice of using a rifle in his act was extremely in bad taste! A online petition should be started to prevent him from continuing with this act. He made me not want to watch him ever again!

  • Gabe

    There seems to be a lot of people questioning why this was done and there are a couple of reasons.

    1) He is not the first performer to do this and as others have said, he is basically doing it to see if it can be done. To prove that the performers before him did not use slight of hand and prove that the feat is real.

    2) I’m sure everyone has seen the catch a bullet in the teeth trick. Not only is it one of the more dangerous tricks a magician can perform, it’s also one of the oldest tricks in the book. So, this is a “new” more dangerous version of said trick, however there is no slight of hand involved, it’s more of a stunt (which Blaine is known for).

    Is it dangerous? Most definitely but if anyone is going to do it, he would be one of the more “qualified” people to do it. And by qualified, I just mean he put’s his life on the line regularly for his trade so he probably is more aware of the danger and is willing to accept the risk.

    That said, I’m not standing in line if they make this a amusement park attraction. I’ll just watch.