You may have heard the old wives’ tale that the reason people say “God bless you” after a sneeze is because your heart skips a beat. If that concerns you, this startling prank by a magician is sure to have caused some heart-skipping of its own.
A frightful illusion by magician Rich Ferguson is one where he sneezes so hard, his head falls completely off. Don’t worry, he hands catch it before he hits his noggin on the sidewalk.
Before you watch the trick, prepare yourself mentally by taking a look at these reactions:
Now, if you still dare, watch the clip:
The video posted on YouTube 10 days ago already has more than 3 million hits.
Ferguson is well known for his many illusions and pranks in his book “Tricks to Pick Up Chicks: Magic Tricks, Lines, Bets, Scams and Psychology,” which he wrote in the description on YouTube that despite the book’s title, it is “wife approved.”
According to the description, this trick specifically is fine during the day “but [at] night and in a more vulnerable setting, this freaks people out BIG TIME!”
Update: This post was updated to correct that the floating head trick is not included in Ferguson’s “Tricks to Pick Up Chicks” book.