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Knife trick draws blood on live TV

London, April 10 (Reuters): A record-breaking knife thrower today shocked Britons when one of his daggers sliced into the head of his assistant on live TV.

Circus performer Jayde Hanson, 23, was demonstrating his skills when one of his knives hit his assistant and girlfriend, 22-year-old Yana Rodianova.

As she clutched the side of her head, horrified presenter Fern Britton shouted: “Oh my God, there is blood, quick — get her off.” A spokeswoman for ITV’s This Morning, one of the country’s most popular daytime programmes, said the wound was only “a nick”.

“She’s absolutely fine and recovering well,” the spokeswoman said, before adding ruefully: “You don’t really expect that kind of thing from a world record-holder.”

Over one million viewers had been watching as Hanson, who works for the British-based Cottle and Austen Circus, showed off how many knives he could hurl at Yana in 60 seconds. He had been trying to emulate the pace of his world record-breaking effort of 120 knives thrown in 2 minutes which he achieved as part of National Circus Day on Tuesday.

“He felt confident as he has been throwing his mother’s kitchen knives since the age of 10,” the show said on its website before the accident.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Hanson is currently having to advertise for a new assistant as Yana, who bears two scars from previously mis-directed knives, wants to concentrate on her hula-hoop act.

His previous assistant reportedly left the job after being hit in the foot, her third injury from a wayward knife.

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