David Blaine, the 39-year-old Brooklyn native who has made a name for himself by performing “endurance art,” is at it again.This time, instead of subjecting himself to 63 hours inside a giant ice block (like he did in 2000), or living on only water for 44 days (like he did in 2003), Blaine is being electrocuted with one million volts of electricity for 72 hours.
And in true David Blaine fashion, he is letting the public watch the entire time and is even live-streaming the event on YouTube.
The Intel-sponsored stunt involves Blaine wearing a Faraday suit, meant to block the electricity from harming him, while a million volts of electricity are sent through his body. For the entire 72 hours (Friday night through Monday), he will be standing on a platform high above the crowd in Pier 54 in Manhattan.
Audience members are able to control the voltage amounts, set to different music, by using laptops set up around the stage.
“You feel it, but it feels beautiful. It feels powerful. It’s like a current going through you, but it doesn’t hurt you. It feels intense,” Blaine said in a behind-the-scenes video about the stunt. “You feel like you’re in the middle of something way more powerful than you…You’re in the middle of this beautiful phenomenon in nature that you’re not supposed to get near. And you feel like you’re in the middle of something way more powerful than you. Something could always go wrong, but it feels beautiful.”
While the media and the public have pegged Blaine’s performances as “stunts,” he doesn’t characterise them this way.
“I don’t think it’s thrill-seeking. I never look at these really as stunts, either. I just like to look at these things as going to uncharted territory. It’s like going to outer space or the depths of the ocean,” he said in another video.
Blaine will be standing for the entire 72 hours with no food or water, so he says he needs the crowd to help him get through the three day span.
“I’m going to need a ton of support from the outside, like people interacting , communicating. I’m going to need a lot of distractions.”
With this stunt, as well as others he has done, Blaine says there are always going to be those who don’t believe in what he is doing.
“There’s always those people that come look at these things I do and say it’s all fake, he’s a magician, it’s not real. The ones that want to say it’s all fake, they’re gonna pick apart anything. I don’t think you can pay much attention. I think you just do it and do it to the best way possible.”
Check out video from the event:
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