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David Blaine undertakes 'electrifying' stunt

Posted on Sunday, 7 October, 2012 | Comment icon 41 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #32 Posted by The Unseen on 12 October, 2012, 22:57
I only hope he gets the shocking of a life time so he wont bore us with his lame stunts,Id like to see him do the stunt high above a pool with deadly sharks while wearing raw bloody meat tied to his neck and nether regions,I want the pool to be surounded buy either bears or hungry starved lions,that will be surounded by men with automatic rifles just to make sure he dosent get out alive,Now that would make for some real entertainment.YEAH!
Comment icon #33 Posted by coldethyl on 14 October, 2012, 1:57
I think they did that on Jackass.
Comment icon #34 Posted by DKO on 14 October, 2012, 12:08
Wildboyz episode. In a hammock with meat hanging from it and lions jumping for the meat.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Mercury2K on 14 October, 2012, 13:30
Comment icon #36 Posted by Mercury2K on 14 October, 2012, 13:42
"David Blaine had a little fun with producer Stephen Chao and me while preparing for his upcoming feat of will and endurance- "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On." David will be standing on a 20-foot pillar at Pier 54 on New York's West Side for 72 hours without sleep or food while surrounded by Tesla Coils putting out a million volts of electricity! If you can’t be there, no worries, it will be streamed live. But if you can, I highly recommend you go and experience the excitement. A chainmail suit will protect him and conduct electricity, but if he scratche... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Junior Chubb on 14 October, 2012, 20:38
Hi Mercury2K, thanks for adding this to the thread. Assuming you are close to David (sorry to question this but we can all claim to 'know people' when online) could you give us some insight into his reasons for the direction his work is going in? I was a great fan of his years ago but recently I find his work confusing. Don't get me wrong I am not questioning the difficulty of the tasks he undertakes, I just feel recently he has lost his 'wow factor'. I understand the limitations of his 'street magic' work of the past and that all performers need to change and ... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mercury2K on 15 October, 2012, 8:13
I'm not Dennis Rogers, I got that in an email a few days ago, I can assure you that he is a real man though. As a person who values honesty I can see the merit of pushing yourself through feats such as this, learning of his next challenge a few days ago I can tell you that (if he comes out alive) for some people this will be inspirational. It reminds me of Eddie Murphy in the movie "Holy Man", that story about the starfish in particular.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Junior Chubb on 15 October, 2012, 8:40
Lol Sorry for the misunderstanding. Thanks for your views though, I am sure for some people this will be inspirational, unfortunately I can't include myself in that group. As a person who values honesty I can see why an endurance feat would be more appealing than trickery to you.
Comment icon #40 Posted by nohands on 16 October, 2012, 8:10
amazing human capabilities though...i wonder what are his limitations
Comment icon #41 Posted by nohands on 16 October, 2012, 8:12
amazing human capabilities though...i wonder what are his limitations

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