It seems that David Blaine, the US magician, stuntman and all-round daredevil, has still some tricks left off his sleeves. And this time, it will be an electrifying one— literally.
Blaine, 39, who has previously been buried alive, frozen in an ice cube, trapped in a glass box for a week, and submerged underwater is going electric — standing for three days and nights in the middle of a million volts of fiery electric currents.
His latest feat, standing on a pillar in New York in what amounts to the middle of a personal lightning storm, will take him to new limits of endurance. He will be on top of a 20-foot column surrounded by seven metallic orbs called tesla coils that will stream the electricity.
One element of the challenge, which begins Friday (US Eastern time) on Pier 54 in the Hudson River, will simply be lasting 72 hours.
“No food. Standing — no sitting. No rest,” he told journalists. That would finish most people off. But Blaine will do all this while standing in the middle of the electric storm protected only by a stainless steel suit of chain, iron soled boots and a cage-like helmet. The outfit is designed to allow the fierce currents to dance over his body, without ever touching his skin.
The helmet is open so that he can drink water through a tube, but a security team will be watching carefully that he never pokes one of his chainmail-clad fingers onto his face. “If I start to hallucinate, which I will, … if I go to itch my face, that’s it — it’s getting zapped by a lot of electricity,” Blaine added.
Another innovation in this stunt is that his death-defying stunt will be streamed live on the internet at www.youtube.com/electrified so better bookmark this link and prepare some pop corn and sodas and prepare for a hairy experience whatever happens to this fearless man.