Ben Murphy, a popular Australian magician and TV host, was allegedly attacked during his performance on a Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise on March 1. The incident reportedly took place while he was performing a trick with a volunteer from the audience.
During the trick, Murphy and the volunteer had folded playing cards sticking out of their mouths as Murphy leaned in for a “kiss” — a part of the trick where the magician would “swap” the cards to the other's mouth.
However, Murphy was unable to take the card out of his mouth, and a member of the crowd, believed to be the woman's partner, charged the stage and pushed the entertainer to the ground.
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Murphy claimed that he suffered multiple bruises and “blurry vision” due to the incident, according to a report by 7News. He also said that the onboard medical team advised him to see a neurologist. In a statement on TikTok, Murphy wrote, “My assault on board. Entertainment, comedy, and magic are NOT contact sports. This guest should not have been allowed to enjoy the rest of his cruise.”
Murphy said that the volunteer had given her consent for the act, adding that she was lovely and was laughing and having a real good time throughout the show. He alluded to officials not being helpful following the incident and said that his statement wasn't taken until a week after the alleged assault. “Statements should have been taken by the witness that day,” Murphy said. “How they said there were no witnesses to this baffles me.”
Viewers took to Instagram to share their support with Murphy, and many ridiculed the attacker. One user said, “Tell me you're insecure in your relationship without telling me you're insecure in your relationship lol.” Another user added, “Dog ruined the damn magic trick, now I will never know what was supposed to happen.”
The Quantum of the Seas was on a five-day round trip Queensland cruise that departed from Brisbane on February 26 and returned on March 3, according to an itinerary on CruiseMapper. Murphy's website claims that he has sold out over 300 shows in the US and holds the world record for the most times someone has performed the “Houdini Chinese Underwater Torture Cell.”
In conclusion, Ben Murphy, an Australian magician and TV host, was allegedly attacked during his performance on a Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise. The incident occurred during a trick with a volunteer from the audience, and Murphy suffered multiple bruises and blurry vision. He claimed that his statement wasn't taken until a week after the alleged assault, and he alluded to officials not being helpful following the incident. Murphy's fans showed their support on social media, while many ridiculed the attacker.