America's Got Talent's Ryan Stock Explains Just What Wrong – Why He Was Shot in the Throat by Flaming Arrow
Talking to PEOPLE about the terrifying mishap, Stock admitted that this particular stunt was designed specifically for AGT.
“We had never done it for an audience before, but we’ve been working on this for the last three months,” he said. “We put thousands of dollars into this. We did this 10 times a day, every day for three months. We had no mishaps and then we had a malfunction on stage during the live rounds.”
He added, “The first few times it was definitely scary, but we learned to trust the equipment and we learned to trust each other. So neither of us saw this coming.”
The Canadian stuntman, who has been performing with Walker for the past 15 years, took to Facebook to explain exactly went wrong.
“This was not Amber’s aim that was the problem,” he wrote. “Her laser sight was on target. It appears as though the notch holding the arrow broke and sent the arrow sideways. Fortunately because of how it hit, it wasn’t at full power and I walked away with a minor injury.”
Immediately after the unfortunate incident, Stock said that his initial reaction was, of course, to make sure he wasn’t on fire. But his attention quickly shifted to Walker.
“I was concerned about Amber,” he said. “I knew Amber was going to feel bad.”
“They came by to make sure I was okay and feeling well and if I knew what happened,” he said. “They wanted to know!”
Though Stock thankfully walked away with only a minor injury, he admitted that their performance has not yet been completed.
“Absolutely, we will be attempting this stunt again,” he said.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.