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Gawkers Flock to See Blaine

Crowds Gather to View Illusionist Who Is Spending 8 Days in an Aquarium


NEW YORK, May 3, 2006 — - As illusionist David Blaine sits in a glass sphere filled with water, spectators pass by at Lincoln Center.


On his way home, Jonathan Goltzman, who lives just a few blocks away from Blaine's exhibit, expressed dismay.


"You want to know what I think? Honestly, Lincoln Center is a cultural institution in the city. … Do we really need a publicity hound like this to detract from its beauty? How do you compare this to great works like 'La Boheme'? Do we really benefit from this?"


Blaine entered the sphere on Monday. He will stay there until May 8 when he will remove his breathing tube and attempt to hold his breath for nine minutes, breaking the world record of 8 minutes, 58 seconds. He will be handcuffed to 150 pounds of chain and try to free himself during the final stunt, which will air in an ABC television special.


Glen Hodgson from Manchester, England, compared this exhibit to a 2003 Blaine stunt in London when he was suspended 30 feet in the air in a clear box over a park for 44 days.


"People are much nicer here. When Blaine was doing his thing in England, people got drunk and threw coins and eggs at him," he said.


Even kids waiting to see Blaine found his stunt unusual.


John Weinbuck, 13, of the Bronx, N.Y., admires Blaine, but said, "Staying in a sphere filled with water for eight days is a little crazy and sick."


Some were uncertain that the stunt was authentic.


"I don't think he is really doing it. I want to know how he can stay underwater for so long. Won't his skin get messed up? How's he going to go eight days without sleep?" asked Trey Torres, 7, of Brooklyn.


Not everyone was at Lincoln Center to witness Blaine's exhibit. Mercedes Garcia from Queens attended the Metropolitan Opera House to see Handel's "Rodelinda."


"I haven't really checked Blaine out, but the opera was good," she said.


Blaine's previous feats include being buried for seven days, standing encased in ice for 61 hours, standing on a platform on top of a 100-foot pole for 35 hours, and living in the box in London.



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You can see an interview with him on MSNBC here:






I love this man.... :heart:

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Wow. Forty-four days in a box in the air!? What the hell!? Did he EAT!?


And I didn't know he was already in the sphere. I just thought he was going to try to stay underwater for 9 min. Didn't know 8 days. Wow.



I know he fasts for like a week before he does these crazy stunts.. then only eats/drinks liquids.. he has a catheter (sp) for 'going peepee'.. and thats about it.

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Blaine to get medical treatment


Illusionist David Blaine, who is spending seven-days submerged in a water-filled sphere, is to receive medical treatment. Blaine's spokesman Pat Smith said the 33-year-old's peeling skin and overall condition was worrying doctors.


But he added Blaine was "determined" to complete the "human aquarium" stunt at Lincoln Center in New York.


A mask and an air line are keeping Blaine alive, and he is also getting liquid nutrition fed via a tube.




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Blaine Fails In Underwater Record Bid


Illusionist David Blaine has been pulled from a giant goldfish bowl nearly two minutes short of his goal of setting a world record for holding his breath under water. The magician had spent a week submerged in a glass tank in New York before being chained and handcuffed in the run-up to the attempt. He had planned to escape while breaking the world record, which stood at 8 minutes, 58 seconds.

Live on national television and in front of an expectant crowd, Blaine remained nearly still for the first five minutes of the attempt before starting to remove the chains.


But when he started to look as though he was in pain and bubbles started to rise to the surface he was rescued by divers.

After being given oxygen, Blaine told the crowd: "I am humbled so much by the support of everyone from New York City and from all over the world.

"This was a very difficult week, but you all made it fly by with your strong support and your energy. Thank you so much, everybody. ... I love you all."

Medics said his underwater exploits had left Blaine with liver damage, pins and needles in his feet and hands, some loss of sensation, and rashes all over his body.

On Sunday the 33-year-old told AP Television News he would "give it my best shot" to complete the feat despite peeling skin, sharp pains in his joints and a severe earache.

His previous feats included balancing on a 22in (56cm) circular platform atop a 100ft (30m) pole for 35 hours, being buried alive in a see-through coffin for a week, and fasting for 44 days in an acrylic box suspended over the River Thames.



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Blah. I watched that crap and waited for him to do it, and he didn't. :( What a bust. 2 hours of my life, down the drain (haha, nice pun there).



Oh well. I just don't know what the point of all that was, though, if he didn't even do it.

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Blah. I watched that crap and waited for him to do it, and he didn't. :( What a bust. 2 hours of my life, down the drain (haha, nice pun there).



Oh well. I just don't know what the point of all that was, though, if he didn't even do it.

Sucka! :laugh4:
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