During his residency at the Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, David Blaine suffered a dislocation of his shoulder over the weekend. But, the show must go on, and so it did.
According to a statement released by the casino and Anschutz Entertainment Group, Blaine sustained his injury after landing on a stack of cardboard boxes after jumping from a platform that was 80 feet high and situated above the audience.
David Blaine Injured During Las Vegas Performance
The Brooklyn magician included the prank at the beginning of his show as part of his opening performance. According to the casino, many medics who were present in the audience helped Blaine relocate his right arm as he was “experiencing great pain and discomfort.”
The casino and event organizers reported that after a little delay, Blaine was able to continue with the concert despite being in agony, but he did so with a positive attitude.
On Sunday, Blaine posted a brief message on his Instagram account with the comment, “Wow, that hurt!” The post was accompanied by a video that demonstrated the moment when the physicians repositioned Blaine’s arm.
The jump itself as well as the aftermath, in which Blaine was hesitant to get up from the boxes, were captured on video that was recorded by an audience member. As members of his emergency medical crew attempted to help him stand up, he was overheard telling them to “hold on” and “watch the right arm.”
The video also showed the physicians rubbing Blaine’s shoulder and arm while he was lying on the stage in front of the public. The audience members watched while they did this. According to what can be seen in the video, the process took around a quarter of an hour, following which the audience exploded in cheers.
“Oh, I can honestly say that this has never occurred in the past,” Blaine remarked with a smile.
During the course of the residency, which has been going on for ten shows thus far, he has sustained injuries on multiple occasions.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Blaine came dangerously close to passing out during an underwater breath-holding act that took place during the prior night’s performance. The act required him to remain in the tank for slightly more than 10 minutes. He claimed that it was the moment in his career when he came the closest to passing out on stage.
According to the Review-Journal, Blaine injured his left palm in December when he slammed it into a cup that was hiding an ice pick. This caused a puncture in his palm.
In a statement released by the casino, David Blaine said the following about his residency there: “My Las Vegas residency is filled with many of my favorite performances that I adore in magic, and stunts that push me beyond my boundaries.” “Even though I have spent a significant portion of my whole life training, there is an inherent risk involved whenever you push yourself to achieve something that seems to be unattainable.”
It is not anticipated that he will take any time off, and he intends to resume performing in shows that are regularly scheduled beginning in April and continuing through July.
Blaine is well-known for executing stunts in the style of Houdini, such as the one he did in New York in 1997, when he immersed himself in a tank filled with water while inside a small plastic coffin and emerged seven days later.
In the year 2002, he performed a feat in which he stood on a pillar in Bryant Park, New York, that was 100 feet tall for 35 hours before jumping into a pile of boxes. As a result of that fall, he had a concussion.
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