Daredevil David Blaine performed his last stunt on Wednesday, soaring nearly 7,600 meters into the Arizona sky while suspended from a cluster of giant balloons before parachuting safely to land.
“It’s like magic, I feel like I’m floating in the air,” Blaine said over a radio to his team of ground assistants after gently taking off from an airstrip in the desert. in Page, Arizona, connected to dozens of balloons in an event he called “Ascension.” YouTube said the coup, which it broadcast live, set a new record as the most-watched YouTube Originals live event of all time with more than 770,000 viewers. Blaine gradually released small weights to speed his ascent, donned a parachute in mid-flight, and strapped onto an oxygen mask as he approached 24,900 feet, an altitude where most commercial airliners are traveling. – feats of endurance at risk.
His stunts include locking himself in a fishbowl, getting trapped in a block of ice for two days in Times Square, and standing freely atop a thin, tall pillar for 35 hours in New York City. Wednesday’s stunt lasted about 30 minutes.
Blaine freed himself from the cluster of balloons and made a free fall for about 30 seconds before deploying a parachute to slow his descent. “Wow, that was awesome,” Blaine yelled into his radio as he stood back on the ground.
Blaine said he trained for the event for two years, including becoming a licensed pilot.
It was his first live drama since 2012.
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