American Magician And Daredevil David Blaine Soars Into the Skies Using Helium Balloons

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David Blaine took to the air using dozens of helium balloons on September 5, 2020 (Credit: YouTube Originals)

On September 5, 2020, almost 800,000 fans worldwide tuned into American illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine's YouTube channel to witness his first major live event since 2012. Called Ascension, the stunt involved Blaine strapping himself to 52 colorful helium balloons and soaring into the clear blue skies above Arizona's Great Basin Desert.

"I want to go up and become a tiny dot in the sky," the adventurer told the New York Post prior to the event.

The stuntman achieved his goal by soaring almost five miles before letting go of the balloons. Blaine than plunged down at a heart-stopping speed of over a hundred miles per hour before pulling the strings on his parachute. After skillfully steering back to Earth and making a picture-perfect landing on his feet, a delighted Blaine quipped, "Wow. That was awesome."

Blaine, who announced his intention to perform the stunt on August 12, 2020, originally planned to use the helium balloons to float across the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York, on August 31, 2020. However, inclement weather in New York forced him to change both the date and the venue.

Though the stuntman made the balloon "flight" look easy, he spent years preparing for the big event. This included becoming a certified hot air balloonist and skydiver and conducting over 500 jumps before finally attempting the daring flight.

This is not the first time Blaine has impressed the world with his endurance stunts. His previous antics include wearing a Faraday bodysuit and helmet — both designed to conduct electricity — and getting jolted by million-volt Tesla coils for three days! The adventurer has also encased himself in a block of ice for more than an hour, stood unharnessed for 35 hours above a 100-foot-high, 22-inch pillar in New York's Bryant Park, and suspended himself in a box over London's River Thames for 44 days, with no food and only 4.5 liters of water!

Resources: NPR.org, theverge.com

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  • jazz11
    jazz1114 days
    That I awesome. When it was my 4th birthday my dad told me to grab some of my balloons and he made the wrong mistake. When he looked back I was.floating in the air. When they got me they were freaking out and I was amazed.
    • booknerd2004
      woow
      • cr3757
        cr375715 days
        Wow coool
        • jazmine2008
          jazmine20088 months
          hmmmmmmmmm i always wanted to do that when i was a kid because it sounded so fun
          • ellasoccer11
            ellasoccer119 months
            Wow that's crazy
            • doglover5
              doglover59 months
              omg would never do that to scary #wouldgetsmooshed
              • bday_summergirl
                How did he hold on
                • awesomegirl26
                  awesomegirl2610 months
                  this was amazing
                  • wolfiedream
                    wolfiedream10 months
                    All I can say is WOW
                    • ellasoccer11
                      ellasoccer1111 months
                      AWESOME