Blaine Dives Into Hanging Stunt

Despite risks, he plans to hang for 60 hours over Central Park
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2008 5:19 AM CDT
Magician David Blaine hangs upside down above Central Park's Wollman Rink in New York as he begins his latest endurance challenge "David Blaine: Dive of Death" yesterday.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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(Newser) – Performance art magician David Blaine dove head first into his latest public show in New York yesterday, hanging upside-down over Central Park. The Brooklyn-born show off plans to hang for 60 hours, despite a doctor's warning that the increased blood pressure in his head could cause blindness, and even death in the event of a stroke or bleeding in the brain.

"My mouth is dry and I have to go to the bathroom," said Blaine as he lowered himself to talk to a New York Daily News reporter. "I feel pressure in my head, and my legs are tingling," added the celebrity stunt man, a huge Harry Houdini fan. "It gives me a whole new perspective on everything around me." Blaine plans to fall to earth—without a net—as a finale.