Scott Hammell did the unthinkable. He asked someone to load a gun, point it at him and pull the trigger. He doesn’t have a death wish, he’s a magician and the subject of a new documentary, The Trick with the Gun, that details the planning and performing of the most dangerous illusion ever devised, the Bullet Catch.
Fourteen magicians have died attempting it and the most famous conjurer of all time, Houdini, never even tried it. Hammell says the trick is risky but, “there are safe ways of doing things that are seemingly extremely dangerous.”He adds, “obviously things can go wrong and that can have a catastrophic chain reaction.”There is always room for error and sometimes magicians get hurt or even killed on stage.Hammell gave Metro an exclusive list of the five most dangerous — and potentially fatal — tricks ever performed on stage.