He’s nothing if not persistent!
After falling somewhat short of breaking the world record for the longest time spent holding breath underwater, during his Drowned Alive special last year, Blaine finally cracked it – this time live on the Oprah show.
David Blaine in his glass bubble from the Drowned Alive special.
The record was previously set at 16 minutes and 32 seconds by Switzerland’s Peter Colat, now stands at a frankly astonishing 17 minutes and 4 seconds.
In the record attempt, Blaine was permitted to inhale pure oxygen for up to 30 minutes – though he apparently only required 23 minutes of that time.
After realising his lifelong dream, he surfaced and after a few short gulps of air, proclaimed that he felt great.
Next up for Blaine is another record attempt – staying awake for 13 days, to break the current record of 11 and a half. Guiness no longer officially recognise this record, due to it’s inherent danger.