David Blaine, a man who was at one time called a magician and who has proven himself to be more like a “guy who does seriously crazy stuff for attention”, has set up his next stunt in New York, and even he admits it’s “overly ambitious”.
Blaine plans to spend three days and three nights–starting this Friday–standing at Pier 54 on New York’s West Side, caught between one million volts of electricity provided by Tesla coils. He says he’ll be fasting for days ahead of time to limit the amount of waste his body will produce, and will have a two tubes attached to him: one for giving him water, and one for taking it away.
“I don’t know how I could ever top this,” he said. “This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I’m literally shocked that it came together. This is one of the craziest things that I ever dreamed up, and I don’t know how I could go beyond it.”
Of course, it’s likely he’s said that before any number of stunts he’s already pulled, such as holding his breath for 17 minutes underwater and spending 63 hours frozen into a block of ice. His fans have faith that he’ll be able to come up with something just as insane for his next stunt.
The New York Times recently published an article about Blaine’s next ambition, with an invitation to students to try and learn something from the stunt, such as analyzing the video (the entire experience will be live-streamed on YouTube) to see whether electromagnetic forces are dangerous and what exactly is happening to Blaine’s body.