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

(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.

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"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. (Read more David Blaine stories.)

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