Blaine goes for shock-factor with latest stunt

By Nicole Evatt

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 10:20 p.m. MDT

Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils during his 72-hour "Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On" stunt on Pier 54, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in New York. The stunt, sponsored by Intel, is the latest of daredevil endeavors by the magician whose previous stunts included being encased in ice for over 60 hours in Times Square.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Daredevil stuntman David Blaine lit up New York's Pier 54 on Friday for his latest high voltage feat.

The illusionist will spend the next three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils.

The stunt is called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On."

Spectators can type messages to Blaine and control the electricity around him while on site or at viewing stations in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney.

"Electrified" also will be streamed on YouTube.

The 39-year-old is wearing a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents.

Blaine's past stunts include hanging upside down over Central Park, being buried alive and encased in a block of ice.

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