David Blaine's Latest Stunt

By william on 10:23 PM

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David Blaine is back with a new stunt.
He never fails to astonish me with his stupidity.
Here's the full article from the Daily News:

David Blaine is letting it go to his head. Not the fame - the blood.
The magician and endurance stuntman is hanging upside down from a bar by his gravity boots at a private gym in the Flatiron.
He's trying to keep his T-shirt tucked in, deciding whether he looks better with his shades on, and discussing the hazards of pulmonary edema.
It's all part of the preparation for his newest stunt - spending about 60 hours suspended like a bat from a cable over Wollman Rink in Central Park.
"This is a lot more difficult than it looks," Blaine, 35, told the Daily News while training last week for "Dive of Death."
Blaine said he came up with the idea a month ago, drawing inspiration from a famous picture of his hero, Harry Houdini, hanging upside down in a straitjacket.
"I was always obsessed with Houdini," he said. "[But] I never wanted to copy anybody."
The Brooklyn-born illusionist decided to turn Houdini's escape feat into an endurance test and began training for three days of head-first hanging out.
That has mostly involved losing some weight, doing upside down pullups and situps, and just dangling by his feet. Eight hours is the longest he's gone.
At 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 22, he'll be hoisted to a cable 60 feet above the ground, which will become his perch for three days and two nights.
He'll clamp on with electromagnetic boots but won't have a safety net, airbag or harness.
He won't eat and will urinate through a catheter. He can't sleep because he needs to constantly move his legs to keep blood flowing.
Doctors will check on him every few hours. A cherry-picker will lift visitors to his level, and the curious can gawk from the rink's terrace.
ABC will air a live show during the last two hours of the act - 9 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 24 - which ends with Blaine dropping to the ground.
He hasn't worked out the details, but his publicist swears it will be "heart-stopping and death-defying."
Blaine - who was voted the "biggest loser" of 2003 by the BBC after he spent 44 days in a glass box over the Thames - said he knows some people root for him to fail.
That doesn't bother him as much as the folks who think he's a fake.
"I'm more upset when people think it's an elaborate hologram," he said. "I just want people to show up and help me get through it."

1 comments for this post

Is it worth to risk your health just because of implementing stunt trick? Or maybe it's all fake, like many people think about Blaine and all his "magic"? Has he got a talent, or is he just desperately trying to retrieve his 15 minutes of fame? http://www.votetheday.com/polls/david-blaines-tricks-278

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 5:22 AM