Link: David Blaine catches a .22 caliber bullet fired from a rifle into a small metal cup in his mouth.

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He essentially stops a bullet, but his head barely moves back.

Wouldn't the momentum of bullet be enough to cause the person's head to be thrown back if the bullet came to a complete stop in their mouth?

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    Is there any indication that blaine is doing anything other than stage magic? ie, does he claim any superpowers which allow him to stop a bullet? Related meta: skeptics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1875/… What we don;t want to do here is give away how a stage magician performs a trick - thats against the intentions of stage magic and not within the scope of this site – Jamiec May 15 '18 at 15:02
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    People don't go flying backwards when they've been shot, like you see in movies. Bullets don't have a lot of force behind them when compared to something like blunt objects. The reason they're deadly is because they compress that force into a very small space. – DenisS May 15 '18 at 15:04
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    It all depends on how fast the bullet is going and how massive it is. He's running this in slo-mo, so there's no reason it has to be as fast or as large as a normal bullet. All it needs is enough speed to land on a consistent target. The impulse he has to deal with here is going to be less than the recoil impulse on the gun (the recoil also has combustion gasses). Seems entirely doable - especially if you're willing to dial things down a bit. – Ben Barden May 15 '18 at 15:20
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    I saw a video of Penn Jillette getting very angry about this trick because it is not an illusion and people are are paying to see the spectacle of perhaps David Blaine being shot. – Clint Eastwood May 15 '18 at 15:52
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    @JasonR a typical slap to the face delivers approximately 100x that force – DenisS May 15 '18 at 15:56

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