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TV presenter impaled on nail, after illusionist persuades her to trust chance

Technically Incorrect: Even if you think the math is on your side, beware your local illusionist. After this trick that went wrong, the Web has rained nastiness upon the illusionist.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

And this is where he realizes it's all gone wrong.

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Welcome to Polish Roulette.

This is a game where we get an illusionist to appear on breakfast TV and persuade a well-known TV presenter to take a chance on getting hurt.

It isn't as final as the Russian version of the game, but the Russians have always had that draconian streak.

Instead, here is illusionist Marcin Połoniewicz appearing on Polish national TV's Saturday breakfast show "Pytanie Na Sniadanie," aka "Question For Breakfast."

His question to presenter Marzena Rogalska was along the lines of "Hey, how would you like to risk impaling your hand on a nail?"

She agreed, with a touch of reluctance. So he put a sharp nail into a paper bag, placed it alongside three other paper bags, shuffled the bags and then slammed his own hand on one of them. He was fine.

Then it was Rogalska's turn. She wasn't, however, given a choice. Połoniewicz seemed to choose a bag for her and slammed her hand down hard.

You can guess what happened when I tell you that Rogalska was taken to hospital.

Those who speak Polish might find it amusing that Połoniewicz, when he realizes what's happened, exclaims: "F***, I'm sorry."

I don't think I've ever heard David Copperfield say that.

Rogalska is just fine and the incident has turned made her rather popular on Facebook. More than 415,000 people have now witnessed a video she posted in which she stands with her co-presenter and, astonishingly, Połoniewicz.

She explains that the wound was superficial and that she didn't have to have stitches. She says that she's extremely concerned at the internet detestation that's rained down on the illusionist.

"He didn't mean for this to happen," she says. She asks in Polish for "mniej hate-u," which means "less hate." Somehow, we Poles like to occasionally use English words for nasty things.

The TVP channel issued a statement that said the trick had been performed many times before and worked fine during rehearsals.

Still, if you're at a party this weekend and someone wants you to participate in a magic trick involving, say, a skewer, it might be best to politely decline.

Even if, like Połoniewicz, the illusionist has been a semi-finalist on "Poland's Got Talent."