Most of the endurance feats David Blaine attempts involve permanent risk to his health. His attempt at breaking the world’s record for not sleeping is no exception. Guinness World Records refuses to list this because of the risk to mental health.
Blaine told the New York Times: “After 36 hours of sleep deprivation it’s like being drunk, 72 hours and paranoia sets in, Day Four the mind goes into hallucinations and you’re dreaming while awake. The problem is there’s no way to know how to offset brain damage or to train for this because there isn’t sufficient research. I believe the first guy’s mistake was not being in great physical condition. Also he used stimulants to keep awake, which I assume did him in.”
Asleep or awake – we just want to see a good show this year.
What The Eff David Blaine?
Not only does the video have some great gags, but there is some interesting camera techniques for some great video magic (worthy enough to find their way into any episode of MindFreak). If you don’t find these funny, then you’re taking all of this way too seriously!
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: