By Evie Carrick
July 01, 2019

The audience at a magic show in South Africa got more than they bargained for when one of the performing magicians was shot in the head with a crossbow by another magician. Li Lau (featured in the above video of a different show), whose stage name is “One Crazy China,” was performing an illusion with magician Brendon Peele when Peele fired an arrow that struck Lau in the head.

Lau was rushed to the hospital where he was given three stitches to the back of his head. Both Lau and Peele admit that the injury was a mishap, but confirm that the trick was set up to ensure Lau’s life was never in danger. The audience was evacuated after the incident.

“We took all necessary precautions just to be overly cautious,” Peele told Newsweek. “All is well on both our sides and the shows are continuing as scheduled.” In a video of Lau that was posted on the festival’s Facebook page the evening following the incident, Lau confirmed that, “We just had a little minor incident this afternoon, but I am all well. We just took precautionary measures. We would never put ourselves in harm or potential risk. I am 100 percent. The show is going to go on.”

The event took place yesterday afternoon at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, South Africa during a show titled “Carnival Sideshow and Other Magical Things.”

The festival is reportedly offering trauma counselling to audience members. Festival CEO Tony Lankester told DispatchLIVE that, “The festival deeply regrets the incident and is in conversation with the performers to establish what went wrong with the illusion.”