David Blaine September stunt released; could finale be bullet catch?

September 16th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine

David Blaine, street magic

It’s official: David Blaine will do something Bruce Wayne never did.

According to a press release from the ABC Network, street magician David Blaine announced exactly how his long-speculated sleep-deprivation stunt will work. According to the release, which was reprinted on The Futon Critic, Blaine will hang upside-down six stories above Central Park for more than 60 hours, with no food. He will pull himself upright only to drink fluids and restore circulation. ABC will air the conclusion of the stunt during “David Blaine: Dive of Death.”

To perform the stunt, Blaine will use gadgets that the legendary Batman would appreciate. From the press release:

“Blaine, the ‘Upside Down Man,’ will attempt to hang from a thin wire five stories in the air with no safety net or airbag to break his fall in Central Park’s Wollman Rink for three days and nights. Using electro-magnetic boots, Blaine will walk on and under the wire during more than 60 hours of the challenge.”

The big mystery, and the punch of the special, will be how David Blaine, who revived street magic, exits his perch. Current speculation is that Blaine could perform a bullet catch, according to iTricks.

But many magicians, who have been clamoring for more magic and less stunts, will likely be more interested in performances filmed during a cross-country trip. Performing artist Daniel Garcia, one of Blaine’s consultants for the special, told iTricks’ Justin Robert Young in March that “Dive of Death” will feature more of a focus on Blaine’s sleight of hand.

The live, two-hour broadcast will start at 9 p.m. (E.S.T.) Wednesday, Sept. 24.


  1. Cool that Daniel Garcia got a part of the action.

  2. KingOfNynex2003 on:

    Dude this is even worse than trying to stay awake for 13 days he’ll need to drink a glass of water every 15 minutes to keep the circulation to his brain it’s like he really is trying to make sure he never does illusions again. Still I wish him luck in this unbelievably idiotic stunt.

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  7. Good Luck David Blaine!

  8. The guy is full of it… Where are the electro-magnetic boots. He used cables and a harness to pull it all off. Bungee jumping is more exciting to watch!

  9. jus look at the yes of the gr8 blain….. Hes not only a magician in himself..but a guy with most expressive and hearthrobing eyes in the world……..!!!
    dude… m crazy bout u… Please come to India once v wil welcome u with warm hugs!!!

  10. mind says a new trick is comming soon by david…………………………………………………………he just thinking

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