After a stunt gone wrong, illusionist Keith Barry was left unable to breathe in front of hundreds of fans at Dublin's Olympia Theatre.
The dangerous dare is performed at the high point of his show 'Eight Deadly Sins.' The trick consisted of Barry being tied to a chair with 100 feet of rope by two of the strongest audience members, who are offered €500 if they can successfully tie him to the chair.
The illusionist's head is then wrapped in cling film so he is not able to breathe at all.
"They tied me up so tight, that I couldn't get out so I blacked out, probably for about five seconds," he said.
Barry came back to his senses and recuperated enough to be able to free his arms so that he could rip the film off of his mouth and nose.
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Barry handed over the promised €500 reward to the two audience members as soon as he was free.
"I failed. People ask if there's a trick to this. There's no trick to this. It took me about a full minute over the time allotted so I had to pay them off on the spot, 250 quid each."
Barry confessed that the only way he managed to survive was by remaining calm, although his arms and legs were frozen in place as he lost consciousness.
"If fear overcomes you then you're not going to get out."
The performer has to execute the risky act twice at his final shows at the Olympia theater before he wraps up the 'Eight Deadly Sins.'
"I wouldn't say it was a near-death experience, but it certainly wasn't a good experience."
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