David Copperfield Assistant Rushed to Hospital During Las Vegas Show
One of David Copperfield's magician's assistants was rushed to the hospital with a severe injury during the finale performance of his MGM Grand Las Vegas show wednesday. "During an illusion where David attempts to walk through the rotating blades of a 12-foot high industrial fan, the fan and its platform were being rotated by one of David's illusion technicians," the rep says.
"Just prior to David himself walking through the fan, [the assistant] was accidentally pulled into the vortex of the moving fan blades, causing injury to his arm and face." The Clark County Fire Department confirms that they received a call at 11:25 p.m. from the theater. "It was reported that someone's arm was stuck in a fan prop," Scott Allison, the fire department's spokesperson, tells Us.
When paramedics arrived, the assistant's arm was free and had suffered severe bleeding. The assistant, named Brandon, broke his arm in multiple places. "The surgery was several hours wherein the doctors could insert pins and bolts," the rep says. "There was a puncture on his face requiring eight or nine stitches. The Copperfield crew waited at the hospital during his arm and face surgery."
Then the curtain closed all the way." Shortly after, "Copperfield came out and said, 'We have an emergency and we might have to end the show please give me two minutes'.