Street magic legend David Blaine will be one genius among many in late October.
Blaine is a featured guest at TEDMED, a conference dedicated to meshing the brilliant TED speakers with trendsetters and newsmakers in the medical field. Blaine will present “Why Will I Talk For Only 17 Minutes 4.4 Seconds?”, a speech related to his experience breaking the Guinness world record for holding breath underwater on Oprah’s show. From a bio on the TEDMED site:
During the interview with Oprah Winfrey after coming out of the sphere, Blaine stated: “I really thought I was not going to make it.” He also claimed that he had managed it by staying in a meditative state which was helped by the stage lights reflecting off the sphere. According to Blaine, besides the pressure of performing on television, the heart-rate monitor happened to be close enough to his ear so that he heard its beeping, and he had to keep his feet locked in holds at the bottom of the sphere — instead of just floating freely, as he did in the pool on Grand Cayman months earlier. Back then he said he was so relaxed he “wasn’t even there” during most of the breath-hold. But when he emerged from the sphere today, he told Oprah, “I was pretty much here the whole time”.
TEDMED will be held Oct. 27-30 in San Diego.