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Arrow Stunt Goes Wrong on America's Got Talent

Daredevil was hit in the throat by flaming arrow

(Newser) - Tuesday was a rough night for a Canadian daredevil on America's Got Talent. Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell appeared horrified as Ryan Stock was hit in the throat by a flaming arrow fired by fiancee AmberLynn Walker live on TV, the New York Daily ... More »

Guy in Wingsuit Hits Target on Great Wall While Going 120mph

Wow

(Newser) - Jeb Corliss proved Sunday that his nickname, "Human Arrow," is quite accurate. The 40-year-old daredevil jumped from a helicopter 6,000 feet in the air while wearing a wingsuit, then flew through the air at 120mph toward an apple-sized target on the Great Wall of China—a target... More »

Real Estate Agent Jumps Freeway Ramp on Motorcycle

And now the police are investigating

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area real estate agent could be in hot water with police after he released a promotional video showing himself jumping over the onramp of a major freeway on a motorcycle. The Los Angeles Times reports Topher Ingalls, a former professional motocross rider, created the video to advertise his... More »

Meet the Woman Who Helps Keep Bear Grylls Alive

She can catch fish with her bare hands and start a fire with a tampon

(Newser) - As a girl, Megan Hine's family, led by her geologist father, spent holidays climbing, hiking, and exploring the forests of their homeland in the UK. Hine spent a year before college as a raft guide in New Zealand, got her degree in outdoor education, and has been working as... More »

Extreme Athlete Dies Setting Up Hot Air Balloon Stunt

Tancrede Melet, 32, was 'at arm's length' from the basket when he fell 100 feet

(Newser) - A French extreme sportsman described by the Inertia as an "inspiration to the working man" has died at the age of 32 after a hot air balloon stunt backfired, ABC News reports. Tancrede Melet, part of a daredevil group known as the Flying Frenchies , was setting up the stunt... More »

Force Awakens Stuntwoman Faces Amputation

Olivia Jackson, 34, suffered terrible accident

(Newser) - A stuntwoman who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens says her arm will be amputated following a horrific on-set motorbike crash, Yahoo Movies reports. Olivia Jackson, 34, was filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa in September when she hit a metal camera arm. "My left... More »

Illusionist in 'Water Torture Cell' Has a Close Call

Spencer Horsman said to have nearly drowned in promo for Criss Angel show

(Newser) - With just a rubber band and a piece of bent wire, Spencer Horsman entered a 30-by-30-inch Plexiglas tank filled with 100 gallons of water on Tuesday in handcuffs and chains, hoping to pull off a feat that would excite crowds for an upcoming show with illusionist Criss Angel, New Jersey... More »

Man Jumps From Flaming SUV in 'Epic' Stunt

'My buddies and I thought this would be a smart thing to do'

(Newser) - A group of friends in Alabama filmed what they claim is the "most epic vehicle jump ever" over Labor Day weekend, and they may not be overstating that. AL.com reports a 39-second slow-motion video posted to YouTube on Tuesday shows a man jumping out of an airborne and... More »

Here's Why 'Buried Alive' Stunts Are a Bad Idea

UK's Antony Britton almost died when he was smothered in soil

(Newser) - Antony Britton's plan: to pull a Harry Houdini and claw his way to the surface after being handcuffed and buried underneath 6 feet of soil. But his charity stunt in West Yorkshire on Saturday took an almost deadly turn when the escape artist was smothered by the dirt and... More »

Shia LaBeouf's Head Through a Window Didn't Go So Well

Actor suffers head injury while filming movie in North Dakota

(Newser) - There's not usually a lot of celebrity news emanating out of North Dakota, but that's where the latest on Shia LaBeouf is coming from. The Transformers actor-turned- part-time performance artist has returned (for now) to acting, but things didn't go so well on the set of his... More »

BASE Jumper's Fiery Stunt Ends Fatally

James Hickey set fire to parachute, engulfed in flames

(Newser) - It's not exactly an auspicious time to be a BASE jumper : A 73-year-old man plunged to his death earlier this month after jumping from Idaho's Perrine Bridge, and the Twin Falls Times-News now reports that James Hickey had set his own parachute on fire as part of a... More »

Daredevil Finishes Ferris Wheel Stunt, Snaps Selfie

Nik Wallenda successfully walks the 400-foot-high Orlando Eye

(Newser) - In the days leading up to one of his craziest stunts ever, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda did the following: Dropped his kid off at school. Painted windowsills. Mowed the lawn. "It's not like I'm preparing for the end of my life," the 36-year-old said. "I'... More »

Guy Booted Off Plane Over 'Broad F----ing City' T-Shirt

Southwest policy forbids vulgar shirts, and he wouldn't change

(Newser) - Daniel Podolsky was innocently on his way home from South By Southwest yesterday, clad in his spiffy new T-shirt promoting Comedy Central's Broad City—only doing so with the show's customary vulgarity, a la "Broad F---ing City." But when he tried to re-board his plane after... More »

Teen Sets Himself on Fire for Online 'Challenge'

Fire challenge involves pouring alcohol on one's chest and lighting it

(Newser) - If pouring rubbing alcohol on your chest and lighting it on fire sounds like a bad idea, you're on the right track. A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky had to learn the hard way, however, after he attempted a stunt called the "fire challenge" that's been popping up... More »

21 Set Selves Ablaze in Cleveland—for Charity

Participants in fundraiser wore protective gear

(Newser) - On Saturday night, some 1,500 people gathered near Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to watch nearly two dozen locals literally set on fire. In a charity event backed by Cleveland printing company Hotcards, 21 people, including mayoral candidate Ken Lanci, a local radio host, and Hotcards' owner, wore gear to... More »

Escape Artist to Free Self From Coffin, While Skydiving

Anthony Martin expects to escape after 40 second of free fall

(Newser) - Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained, and locked inside a wooden casket ... that is subsequently dropped from an airplane. That's the scenario Anthony Martin faces later today when he takes to the sky over Serena in northern Illinois. The escape artist has a long history of impressive feats... More »

Wind Derails Hypersonic Skydive From Space

Daredevil postpones 23-mile stunt

(Newser) - A healthy sense of his own mortality couldn't stop Felix Baumgartner from hurling himself from the stratosphere in an experimental spacesuit, but a little wind could. Baumgartner was planning to take a record-setting 23-mile dive today that would have given scientists their first look at the effect breaking the... More »

'Jackass' Stunt Kills German

'Bavarian Dumbasses' may be charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A crazy stunt styled after MTV's Jackass reality TV series cost a young man his life Sunday. The 20-year-old German, identified in a local newspaper only as Tobias, was part of a group of six who called themselves the “Bavarian Dumbasses.” They modeled their stunts on those... More »

Downey Injury Means Delay for Iron Man 3

Star wounds ankle in stunt

(Newser) - Avengers fans will have to wait a little longer for Iron Man's next adventure: Robert Downey Jr. has been injured on set, the Huffington Post reports. The star hurt his ankle mid-stunt while filming in North Carolina, Disney says, adding that "there will be a short delay in... More »

Madonna Ignores Pleas to Honor Colo. Shooting

Brandishes guns onstage day after massacre

(Newser) - Madonna had a couple pretty compelling reasons not to wave fake guns around onstage at her gig in Scotland Saturday: First of all, local authorities had asked her not to, due to the fact that she took to the stage less than 48 hours after the Dark Knight massacre in... More »

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