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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226 Comments
  • nyledam-5674
    nyledam-5674Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:40 pm
    wow
    • a0920030
      a0920030Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:46 am
      I would like to try to do that. It is so cool!!!
      • ellasoccer11
        ellasoccer11Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:28 am
        AWESOME!!!
        • dog30
          dog30Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:59 pm
          I would love to do that:3
          • ghfnfgdnyht
            ghfnfgdnyhtWednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:16 am
            Omg no way he did that
            • ohiost8
              ohiost8Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4:31 am
              We watched the vido on YouTube at school
              • famikogu-159767237812
                famikogu-159767237812Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:22 pm
                Thats sick dude
                • said45
                  said45Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:20 am
                  EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • imsome1
                    imsome1Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:35 am
                    This is my school computer so I can't watch the videos because they are restricted but I would probably NOT let go of a bunch of balloons if I was way, WAY, up in the sky
                    • frodo_baggins
                      frodo_bagginsSunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm
                      THAT IS COOL !!!!!! i want to do that now Lol i would probably be too scared tho im on my school chromebook and the videos are restricted :(