David Blaine will attempt to fly through the sky on balloons from New Jersey to New York for his first deadly defying stunt in nearly a decade.
- In his new feat, Blaine will float high in the air while holding a cluster of helium-filled balloons.
- Called Ascension, it will be the magicians’ first live stunt in nearly a decade
World-renowned magician and endurance artist David Blaine will attempt his first live stunt in nearly 10 years later this month.
For his next deadly feat called Ascension, Blaine will float high in the sky holding a cluster of helium-filled balloons.
This stunt has been 10 years in the making. Let’s turn worries into wonder and take magic to new heights, ” Blaine tweeted Wednesday during his announcement for the August 31st live event airing on his YouTube channel.
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David Blaine will try to float high in the sky, holding a cluster of helium-filled balloons from New Jersey to New York in his latest endurance stunt.
New York and New Jersey will serve as the backdrops for the multi-hour live stream.
Blaine will take to the skies from New Jersey and then attempt to float across the Hudson River to his hometown of New York City, all hanging under the various balloons, according to Variety.
“ Watch in disbelief as David Blaine magically soars above the Earth in his biggest live performance to date, ” YouTube said during the announcement.
Big prep: the magician and endurance artist, 47, revealed the stunt is 10 years in the making
Out of This World: Team Blaine shared photos and a video for Ascension’s announcement
Blaine also shared a promotional video on social media that begins with an aerial view amid a cluster of white clouds.
‘On August 31, worry turns into wonder; fear turns to awe; and the everyday becomes the magical ‘, flashes one by one over the promo with hypnotic piano playing in the background.
About halfway through the clip, a purple balloon floats into view as the music leads to a dramatic crescendo.
Friend and fan: Sylvester Stallone sounded like an adoring fan when he posted a clip talking to Blaine about his social media stunt
Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone chatted with Blaine after announcing his latest stunt and shared a clip on his Instagram page.
‘I have to admit I’m getting jaded; it’s hard for me to be impressed, but like this guy [Blaine] appears – time stands still, ‘confessed the Rocky star as the famous illusionist stood beside him in the backyard of his home, which appears to be Los Angeles.
Stallone went on to say that Blaine had told him about his “strange idea” about a year ago, and that he thought he became “cuckoo” when he learned the logistics of the deadly stunt.
Fearless: The Rocky star thought Blaine’s Ascension idea was ‘cuckoo’ when he first heard about it over a year ago
Available soon: The ‘Ascension’ stunt will air on Blaine’s YouTube channel on August 31
‘It’s the most, what would you say, the most ambitious thing a human being has probably ever achieved,’ said the actor, 74, turning to Blaine in amazement and asking if he was nervous.
‘No, I’m excited. This is all I’ve thought of since I was a little kid, ”Blaine replied with a look of pure joy on his face.
‘You are always so calm; I’d go crazy, man, ”Stallone added.
Incredible Stamina: Blaine has captivated audiences with his high-profile achievements since gaining recognition since 1997; buried in a coffin under a three-ton water tank for seven days in 1999 without food and tablespoons of water every day
Blaine has captivated audiences with his high-profile achievements since gaining recognition from 1997 onwards.
Some of his stunts include: being buried for seven days in a coffin under a three-ton water tank with no food and tablespoons of water a day in New York (1999); Standing on a pillar in New York City for 72 hours while exposed to 1 million volts of electricity (2002); and immersed in a water-filled globe in New York for seven days (2006).
Blaine will hit the air in the Garden State on Monday, August 31, drifting towards the Big Apple YouTube.
Tough as Nails: Blaine was submerged in a water-filled sphere in NYC for seven days (2006)