When David Blaine says he’s only showing up to “try a few classics”, you should definitely take that with a grain of salt. And when he asks you if you want to see a card trick or needle-and-thread trick, know you’re going to get both. Such is the case when Blaine made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night, who proceeded to sew his mouth shut before fanning out a normal deck of cards for a trick, as you can watch in the video below.
(Content warning: If you don’t like needles or seeing needles poking through skin, you probably shouldn’t watch this video.)
We actually got to see this trick performed in front of us when Blaine appeared for an interview at the 2017 Genii Convention (though the audience was asked beforehand not to share the details of the trick on social media), and our faces were just as thunderstruck as the cast and crew of The Tonight Show.
So, uh, yeah. Oh, and stick around for the end, because Blaine can’t just end a routine with a “simple card trick” like this.
If you want to see more of that (you know you do), David Blaine’s 2018 North American tour kicks off on May 6 in San Diego, and currently has tour dates scheduled up until July 14. Get your tickets here.
It’s always a good sign when a magic video opens with a giant warning label, right? Seriously: don’t try this trick at home, and don’t watch the video above if you hate needles—because Steven Bridges swallows one and then pulls it out of his throat with a bit of thread.
Fun fact: apparently Steven wanted to post this last year for Halloween but couldn’t because he didn’t feel safe performing the trick:
I've decided to cancel the Halloween shoot. pic.twitter.com/e3m5uhXhg1
— Steven Bridges (@StevenBridges) October 28, 2016
It only took another year of practice. But I shot the video. Online soon. https://t.co/38Inv51W1I
— Steven Bridges (@StevenBridges) October 30, 2017
Now, I’ve seen razor blade swallows before and they’re always disturbing, but there’s something terrifying about watching someone ingest a thin, pointed needle that just… ugh. Nope. Don’t want to think about it anymore. Enjoy the video, if you can stomach it.
And I’m going to repeat this because I can’t stress it enough, don’t try this at home.