Magician David Blaine is trying to relax before attempting his next death defying stunt. Find out the details after the break.
“I’m not trying to deprive myself of sleep,” the illusionist said at a Tuesday press conference after demonstrating the stunt at low voltage. We say voltage because the magician will, beginning this Friday, find Blaine spending three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils. The feat will be called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On” and will take place at Pier 54 on New York’s West Side. The stunt will be open to the public, and spectators can even join in on all the hoopla by typing messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and basically help keep him up and alert.
For the stunt itself, the 39-year-old will wear a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents. He will have a wire helmet on, a visor to shield his eyes, and hearing protection for his ears. The air he will be breathing will be monitored. Throughout the three days and three nights Blaine is strapped in, he won’t be able to eat, but will have a tube for water in and another tube for water out, so to speak.
“Electrified” will also be the first magic trick to be streamed live on YouTube, thanks to computing company Intel. Viewers at stations located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney will be able to control the coils as well.
Let’s just hope that Blaine, who is spending the days leading up to his next stunt lying low, will be able to walk home after it is all over.