American illusionist and stuntman David Blaine has started his latest feat of endurance in New York.
Having previously made headlines with stunts that included being buried underground, standing inside a block of ice and being suspended in a box over London for weeks with no food, Blaine is now attempting to spend three days standing on a podium between three tesla coils while having a large voltage continuously coarse across his body. To help him survive Blaine is wearing a special chain mail suit that is able to protect him via the Faraday Cage principle.
"I had wanted to do this for years," he said. "I don’t know how I could ever top this. This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I’m literally shocked that it came together." Blaine won't be able to eat anything during the ordeal and will only be able to drink through a small tube attached to his helmet.
"Standing 20 feet above the ground, with ‘lightning bolts’ of electricity seeming to course from his fingertips, David Blaine is once again drawing the crowds in New York."
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