Fire and Ink: Stunt hits snag, but magic still in the air

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deathdrop2The Fourth of July sparked a different sort of fireworks show when magician Steve Wyrick attempted a “Death Drop” at the south entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

The stunt, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, celebrated the opening of Club Tattoo in the Miracle Mile Shops. Bennington is a co-owner of the shop, which offers a full boutique of apparel and fine fashion jewelry as well as  tattoos and body piercings.

Wyrick was set to escape from a box being dangled 80 feet above a bed of 500 flaming spikes as the ropes supporting the box were set on fire. But the stunt ended prematurely when the fire flared up, injuring a crew member. Chester Bennington watches the stunt

Magic was still in the air, however, as the box was opened to reveal that Wyrick was not inside. He then instantly appeared safe and sound in a helicopter flying by and landed on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Wyrick’s representatives assure that a speedy recovery is expected for the crew member.

Steve Wyrick’s show “Steve Wyrick Real Magic” is at 9 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. Sunday through Monday at the $34 million Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex in the Miracle Mile Shops.

Club Tattoo is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

*”Death Drop” photos courtesy Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Aleza Freeman

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