David Blaine Wraps Up ‘Electrified’ Stunt On West Side
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Daredevil David Blaine has finished what could be said to be his most electrifying stunt.
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The magician emerged shortly before 9 p.m. Monday after spending three days and nights standing in the middle of one million volts of electric currents at Pier 54 on Manhattan’s West Side.
A spokesman said Blaine was able to walk with assistance, speak and kiss fiancée Alizee Guinochet before being taken to a hospital to be examined.
The stunt was called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.” It was streamed on YouTube, with help from Intel Corp.
Dozens of fans like Joshua from Queens had been giving moral support and cheers to keep Blaine from falling off a narrow pedestal with Tesla coils shooting one million volts of electricity at his chain mail suit.
“When he seems to be falling asleep, I think that he might be, like, in a trance,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller.
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Blaine’s doctor, Stuart Weiss, doesn’t recommend trying the stunt at home.
“He still recognizes people and he can follow simple commands. But he’s really unable to speak and he’s just fighting to stay awake,” Weiss said.
How does he get nourishment up there?
“He’s been drinking coconut water with added electrolytes. He likes coconut water. So, that’s his favorite drink. So, we’ve added special electrolytes to it. He has a tube on the right side of his mask that he’s been drinking out of,” Weiss said. “There’s also a urination tube system that he’s been using.”
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