Straight after Derren Brown reveals how he predicted the lottery numbers, David Blaine performs a similar stunt several times over. He is touring around the US, amazing the folks he meets with some close-up magic in the UK premiere of his show What Is Magic?
He visits New Orleans where he carries out a money trick in front of locals, producing hundreds of dollars at their fingertips before stopping off at New York to conduct magic in front of Orlando Bloom.
His grand finale tonight is the infamous Bullet Catch trick. A .22 calibre bullet is fired from a rifle into a metal cup held in his mouth. Have your finger on the pause buttons to make up your own mind about the heading this should come under: “illusion”, “feat of endurance” or “just nuts” – all of which are Blaine specialities, of course.
“Around 20 magicians have died attempting this trick,” they tell us – forgetting that magical tool called the internet lets sceptical viewers check these facts.
Blaine was to hang upside down without a safety net for 60 hours above Central Park’s Wollman Rink, with a predicted end for 10:45 p.m. on September 24. Reportedly, Blaine risked blindness and other maladies, in the stunt.
Trump has helped finance this and other Blaine events. Blaine hung over
the Wollman Rink and interacted with fans by lowering himself upside
down. At the press conference Blaine stated he had already gone without
food for over a week, and will continue to do so throughout the act. In
order to drink fluid and restore circulation he will pull himself up,
although he will contend with muscle spasms and lack of sleep. Blaine
began the stunt on Monday September 22, but was widely criticized when,
only hours into the endurance challenge, he was seen by fans to be
standing on a waiting crane platform, and not upside down, as expected. He reportedly would come down once an hour to receive a medical check, stretch and relieve himself.
David Blaine - Dive of Death (Upside Down):
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On April 30, 2008, Blaine appeared live on The Oprah Winfrey Show
in a water-filled sphere, announcing to try and set a new world-record
in the longest breath-holding category, after failing to surpass the
then-current record in his previous attempt Drowned Alive. Since his original attempt, a new record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds had been set by Peter Colat of Switzerland
on February 10, 2008. Before his latest attempt inside the
1,800-water-gallons-sphere, Blaine spent 23 minutes inhaling pure
oxygen, packing his lungs with extra oxygen just before the breathing
tubes were removed. Up to 30 minutes of so-called "oxygen
hyperventilation" is allowed under guidelines.
Ultimately, Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes and 4.4 seconds to set the world record, according to Guinness World Records, surpassing Colat's previous mark of 16 minutes and 32 seconds. This was Blaine's first Guinness record.
David Blaine - World Record 17 Minutes Under Water
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