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American illusionist David Blaine shocked a group of journalists yesterday when he appeared to cut off part of his ear at a news conference to promote a forthcoming stunt.

The daredevil U.S. magician apparently drew blood after he was asked whether he could show the assembled reporters any new tricks. He borrowed a pocket knife and screamed as he applied it to his left ear.

The event was aimed at publicizing Blaine's next major feat on Friday, when he will be suspended in a clear plexiglass case by the River Thames in London for 44 days. Reuters

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