12/19/2008 at 06:20 PM EST
David Copperfield's magic assistant, seriously injured
during a performance, was recovering in the hospital Friday with multiple arm fractures repaired with bolts and pins.
The man, who is only being identified as "Brandon," was injured on-stage when his arm was pulled into the metal blades of a large, industrial fan while helping Copperfield during an illusion.
One of the first to see him after awaking from several hours of surgery was Copperfield. A rep for Copperfield said the man began cracking jokes in his hospital bed after awaking and was presented with a children's magic set.
"We're just thankful Brandon's injuries weren't worse," Copperfield said in a statement.
– Mark Gray