- (Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
As the rain comes down in New York City, David Blaine has continued on with his million volt stunt.
In an act that began on Friday night with a promise to go on for 72 hours, David Blaine is relying on a chainmail suit and metal head piece in order to keep from getting electrocuted.
"I had wanted to do this for years," Blaine told reporters at a preview on Tuesday. "Being in the middle of a lightning storm, it feels so amazing, being in an environment you shouldn't be in."
What's somewhat amusing, however, is that outside of his man-made thunder storm, a second storm looms over New York city- this one created by Mother Nature.
Known as an American illusionist and endurance artist, David Blaine has set a name for himself by breaking a number of world records and performing live streetside stunts.
Blaine broke his first world record in 2008 by holding his breath for over 17 minutes under water. In his last New York stunt, Blaine was hung upside down without a safety net for 60 hours above Central Park's Wollman Rink. But his next extraordinary feat is one that he has stated that he might not be able to surpass.
The event has been titled "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On" and will be very interactive both in person and live on the Internet. Hosted from Pier 54 on New York's West Side, not only will onlookers be able to witness the event, they will also be allowed to type messages and control the amount of electricity surrounding the stuntman.
The event has been streamed live on YouTube via Intel. In London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney, additional viewing stations have been set up where locals will also have the opportunity to have control.
Leading up to the event, Blaine has fasted to ensure that he will be able to handle being hooked up to a tube that will only allow water in and water out.