During his finale performance at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Wednesday, one of David Copperfield's magician's assistants was severely injured and rushed to the hospital.
"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 told US. "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."
Clark County's Fire Department received a call from the theater at 11:25 pm that someone's arm had been stuck in a fan prop. When paramedics arrived, the assistant's arm was free, but he suffered severe bleeding and breakage in multiple places.
"The surgery was several hours wherein the doctors could insert pins and bolts," said the rep. "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."
So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy happened to be in the audience that night and witnessed the bloody incident. "Everyone around me thought it was a joke; part of the show," she tells Us. "But from my vantage point I could see clearly how serious it was. I pray that he is all right."
Copperfield was present when the assistant woke up and gave him a children's magic set to help him during his recovery, according to his rep.