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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116 Comments
  • kaylan
    kaylanFriday, September 18, 2020 at 1:42 pm
    what?????????????????? I would not do that i am scared of heights
    • mio-chan
      mio-chanFriday, September 18, 2020 at 12:36 pm
      This is amazing...
      • wavebreaker
        wavebreakerFriday, September 18, 2020 at 11:06 am
        He was really brave to do that.
        • emmynya
          emmynyaFriday, September 18, 2020 at 10:46 am
          i'd love to do that someday
          • kamper
            kamperFriday, September 18, 2020 at 10:23 am
            Wow I could never do that I have a major fear of heights but that’s just amazing like wow.
            • rubenn
              rubennFriday, September 18, 2020 at 9:50 am
              nice, i would like to see that
              • cherryblossom28
                cherryblossom28Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:16 am
                It looks cool, but yes it would be scary to do it. It takes a lot of courage to do something like this.
                • bookfan2008
                  bookfan2008Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:02 am
                  WOW! Those are some BRAVE men!
                  • starman105
                    starman105Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:29 am
                    This is crazy
                    • carter1ww
                      carter1wwFriday, September 18, 2020 at 7:55 am
                      how was he not scared
                      • kamper
                        kamperFriday, September 18, 2020 at 10:24 am
                        Idk how anyone wouldn’t be