David Blaine Shoots Himself

Two weeks ago I posted about David Blaine getting shot in the mouth with a .22. Click here to read that article. Well just last week Tuesday on ABC, David Blaine had a new TV special called Beyond Magic. It was similar to the one I saw on Netflix. He shocks celebrities with card manipulation and other tricks along with regurgitating live frogs. But those tricks do not concern me. It was his Bullet Catch trick that caught my attention.

Unlike the previous attempt, Blaine has taken the shooter out of the equation. This time he is using an Anschutz rifle with a laser zeroed at a fixed distance. He lines up the the cup in his mouth with the laser. Then he pulls a string attached to the trigger by a pulley and pulls the trigger himself.

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In the show he claimed that the bullet was twice as big and twice as fast. That did not make sense at first since it was still a .22LR. Once I saw the interaction of the bullet and the metal cup he uses to catch the bullet, then it made sense. In his first special, he must have been using a slow .22LR. Possibly a CCI Quiet or a sub sonic load. Then for this recent trick he stepped up to possibly a high velocity round. I’m not sure how he gets “it is twice the size” but I can see how it could be twice as fast.

In last week’s show the mouth guard he uses to hold the cup shattered and the cup flew back into his mouth. Quite the result from the previous publicized attempt. Last time he was shot in the mouth the cup hardly moved.

In order to work his way up to this spectacle he had someone shoot him at point blank range with a .38spl revolver while he wore a bullet proof vest.

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Here is a video explaining this stupid act.


We here at TFB do not condone this and strongly urge you to not attempt this.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Swarf

    Don’t get me all excited, TFB.

  • Joseph Goins

    I want to see him try it without any tricks, gimmicks, devices, and aids.

    • Then it wouldn’t be magic, he’d just be a guy getting shot in the face.

      • Iggy

        “SHOOT ME IN THE FACE!!!”

      • Joseph Goins


  • Martin M

    He should do this with a random firearm owner using their personal firearm. Only then will I believe.

    • Will never happen because lawyers.

  • Edeco

    I hope firearms are just a phase for him and he moves on. Turd in the punchbowl.

    • Rick O’Shay

      As in, moves on into the afterlife. Just about everyone I’m aware of who claims “magician” on their resume just strikes me as a completely pretentious a$$. Copperfield, David Blaine, Chris Angel, Gob Bluth…

      • MrFN

        I’ll defend P and T. They often tell you exactly what they did, there’s no stupid superstition around it. They did a bullet catch a long time ago and explained afterwords iirc

        • J.K.

          Penn is also a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and intellectually schools anti-gunners.

          • Haunted Puppeteer

            Quite right. Both Penn Jillette and Teller are Libertarians, and they’re about as anti-gun control as you get.

            They did an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! about gun control, and if anyone hasn’t seen it, it’s worth a watch.

          • Uniform223

            That was a fun show but that doesn’t mean they are completely anti-gun. Though they themselves are not pro-gun they will never impede someone’s right to own a firearm.

          • Haunted Puppeteer

            I’m afraid you misunderstood me. Penn and Teller are quite thoroughly against gun control. As in, more strongly in support of the 2nd amendment than the NRA. The episode’s theme was that gun control is bullshit, and unconstitutional.

          • Uniform223

            oh sorry my bad

        • Rick O’Shay

          My issue with P&T isn’t so much who they are or what they do or their opinions… I tend to agree with them a lot of times on various expressed opinions. My issue stems from the general trend among those in the entertainment industry using their fame and laurels to push/promote opinions and ideas that are not at all related to what they’re actually experts in. Might as well be Matt Damon testifying in front of Congress about military spending. I just have a weird peeve about famous people and how they use their fame.

      • Edeco

        Best I think would be if he’d just crack a tooth, pass out and whiz himself in front of a crowd. Put a relatively harmless stop to this dramatic nonsense.

    • Hanzo

      …. hopefully he moves on to a real job.

  • DanGoodShot

    “I go into a different mindset…” Yeah, that of a dumbass.

  • GhostTrain81

    … And the Winner of the 2016 Darwin Awards is …

    • iksnilol

      Not David Blaine, hopefuly next time?

  • MrBrassporkchop

    “Lets see you catch this Houdini!” Gets shot in face by some random dumb guy.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Try 50 BMG next, tough guy

  • .45

    There is nothing magical here, just a “Look at me” stunt. Anybody could do it, especially getting hit with the .38 special.

  • Sua Sponte

    Stupid people doing stupid things for the enjoyment of other stupid people..

  • Bill

    Rich Davis, arguably the originator of readily available soft body armor, shot himself numerous times while demoing his armor.

    • Vanns40

      Yes he did and I still say he was an idiot. However, in this country people have the right to be idiots if they want to. His stunt would not make me any more likely to purchase his product than if he had done standard testing so, for people like me, he accomplished nothing.

  • jeff

    You’re seriously putting this type of content on the site now?

  • Smedley54

    Hopefully, this idiot doesn’t get anyone else killed.

  • Hanzo

    Sounds like Blaine needs to get a real job.

  • 22winmag

    Yet another addition to the long list of videos and blogs that serve as a complete turnoff for potential new gun owners.

  • Gary Kirk

    Do the world a favor and have him turn around, put the cup in his mouth the other way and see if he can do it backwards..

  • raz-0

    FRo teh twice as big, twice as fast bit, I’m suspecting the first try was aguila super colibri, 20 gr, 500fps, then move on to a 40gr match load at 40gr and ~1000 fps.

  • nick

    ….and how did Houdini die? boasted he could take a punch in the gut from any man….died of a ruptured appendix after being punched ( unprepared for the hit) in Montreal

  • Komrad

    twice the size is easy
    lots of subsonic/CB loads use 20gr bullets
    use a standard 40gr

  • Some Rabbit

    Blaine is a jerkoff, He pulled me out of a hat by my ears. I’d be happy to shoot him right.