Magician David Blaine gets 'Electrified'

2012-10-09 07:05:44 GMT2012-10-09 15:05:44(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Daredevil magician David Blaine lit up New York's Pier 54 on Friday night for his latest feat.

The illusionist is scheduled to spend 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." It is also being streamed on YouTube, thanks to computing company Intel, AP reported. Viewing stations are located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney.

Blaine, 39, sported a chain mail bodysuit, a wire helmet and visor to act as a barrier for the electric currents. The currents will be streamed by seven metallic orbs called tesla coils that surround the 6m column.

Over the next few days, spectators and those in other viewing stations will be able to type messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and help keep him alert, the Daily Mail reported.

The magician said: "The chain metal suit brings all the electricity around, not through, so this protects me from feeling any pain. I do feel this strange static electricity, as if your hands were standing on edge."

His chain mail suit weighs a hefty 12kg and is designed so the fierce currents will dance over his body, without ever touching his skin.

He earlier admitted that there are unknown risks in standing in his own lightning storm for so long.

"Seventy-two hours or more in an electromagnetic field can do... anything to the brain. There are a lot of unknowns here. I don't know how I could ever top this. This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I'm literally shocked that it came together."

(Agencies)

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