Lance Burton, Master Magician, will be out of commission for possibly as long as four to six weeks after orthopedic surgery next Monday.
Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Mr. Burton has been forced to cancel 19 shows due to the injury.
The Associated Press and other outlets covered the story extensively but none explained how the incredible showman injured his foot during the show.
Leave it to Norm Clarke to dig a little deeper:
The accident occurred 15 minutes into the show as Burton was preparing to do the floating bird cage with Elvis the bird.
When Elvis flew into the audience, Burton left the stage and retrieved the bird. The injury took place when the entertainer twisted his right foot on his way up the steps.
Burton finished the show despite considerable pain but “not knowing anything was broken,” said Bernath.
We have admired Mr. Burton’s stamina before but are even more impressed that he performed for another hour and a half with a broken foot. We wish him a speedy recovery and return to the stage.
You can read Norm Clarke’s column here.