Call him what you want, but David Blaine is back. The magician, performer, and more is back with a new personal feat dubbed ‘Ascension.’ Mr. Blaine has been carried into the sky by 42 eight-foot helium balloons, which are paired with 10 smaller balloons measuring roughly 4-6 feet each. The balloons were chosen based on his weight of 198 pounds, reports Variety.
The performer underwent training in both skydiving and breathing in low-oxygen levels leading up to the stunt. He is equipped with a parachute, and a team is nearby tracking his vitals inside a helicopter. They will keep track to ensure that his body temperature doesn’t drop to hazardous levels. Mr. Blaine’s goal is to reach a height of 18,000 feet. He stated: “I’ve never gone up beyond just a few hundred feet.” The performance was slated to take place in New York City’s Hudson River. However, weather forced the team to move to the Arizona desert.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the stunt and stay tuned for much more on this coming soon. Keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more entertainment news coming very soon.
Photos via David Blaine