Magician Attacked by Passenger on Cruise Ship

When I say the name Ben Murphy, what does that mean to you?  If you haven’t seen his act, or his Australian tv show, I would imagine, not too much.  Entertainers often hear, break a leg, before they go out and do a show, but they don’t often hear “break a skull.”

On Wednesday, March 1st, Murphy was performing his magic routine while sailing on a 5-day Queensland cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas.  One of his tricks involved a volunteer, who happened to be female as Murphy performed a trick that would involve passing a card back and forth using only their mouths.  

While the volunteer consented to the routine, her partner lept from his seat, rushed the stage and aggressively shoved the magician to the ground causing his head to collide with the floor.  In a short video of the incident, the volunteer appeared to be shocked by this, as she made an attempt to restrain her partner, but the damage had already been done.

On his tik tok account, Murphy posted the video and added ““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,”

While he did finish the show (and two others later that night), Murphy complained that he sustained bruises and blurry vision as a result of the attack.  The medical team did perform an examination, but also advised him to see a neurologist.  He also seems to be disappointed with the lack of action taken by the cruise line.  “Statements should have been taken by the witness that day.  How they said there were no witnesses to this baffles me, “ said the entertainer. 

Reactions online were aplenty as some people who were on hand ridiculed the attacker for being insecure, and others were just upset that they never got to see how the trick ended.  

Something tells me that this story is NOT over and paperwork will be filed. 

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When I say the name Ben Murphy, what does that mean to you?  If you haven’t seen his act, or his Australian tv show, I would imagine, not too much.  Entertainers often hear, break a leg, before they go out and do a show, but they don’t often hear “break a skull.        

On Wednesday, March 1st, Murphy was performing his magic routine while sailing on a 5-day Queensland cruise on board Royal Caribbeans Quantum of the Seas.  One of his tricks involved a volunteer, who happened to be female as Murphy performed a trick that would involve passing a card back and forth using only their mouths.  

While the volunteer consented to the routine, her partner lept from his seat, rushed the stage, and aggressively shoved the magician to the ground causing his head to collide with the floor.  In a short video of the incident, the volunteer appeared to be shocked by this, as she made an attempt to restrain her partner, but the damage had already been done.

On his tik tok account, Murphy posted the video and added “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,”

While he did finish the show (and two others later that night), Murphy complained that he sustained bruises and blurry vision as a result of the attack.  The medical team did perform and examination, but also advised him to see a neurologist.  He also seems to be disappointed with the lack of action taken by the cruise line.  “Statements should have been taken by the witness that day.  How they said there were no witnesses to this baffles me, “ said the entertainer. 

Reactions online were aplenty as some people who were on hand ridiculed the attacker for being insecure, and others were just upset that they never got to see how the trick ended.  

Something tells me that this story is NOT over and paperwork will be filed. 

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