America's Got Talent flaming arrow stunt goes horribly wrong
An old fashioned carnival stunt went horribly wrong during a live episode of America's Got Talent on Tuesday night.
Daredevil duo AmberLynn Walker and Ryan Stock put on a retro themed skit involving sword swallowing and a modern, fiery take on the old William Tell gag - Walker shoots a flaming arrow at Stock to catch in his mouth.
According to the Washington Post, however, the arrow had a fault that set it slightly off course causing it to strike Stock in the throat rather than entering the steel cylinder he'd "swallowed".
We had a serious mishap tonight outage live on @nbcagt. A very unfortunate mechanical failure but I am very fortunate to walk away from it.— Ryan Stock (@comedydaredevil) August 3, 2016
"We had a serious mishap tonight," Stock tweeted. "A very unfortunate mechanical failure but I am very fortunate to walk away from it."
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The couple told Entertainment Tonight that Walker's aim was good but damage to at arrow's notch at the back cause the misfire.
"I'm feeling lucky and really unlucky at the same time," Stock said. "If she had just missed, it actually would have gone probably through my neck but because of the way it slipped, it kinda came at an angle with less power."
When the stunt goes correctly, the arrow is supposed to go down a tube in Stock's esophagus and shoot pyrotechnics out of his mouth.
Not surprisingly, the duo claim the stunt has never been performed by anyone else, but always goes right for them.
Stock told the judges, "that's the first time we ever missed it."
Watch the full stunt below: