Reporter: Stunt not as easy as it looks

September 22nd, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine
Photo courtesy New York Daily News

Photo courtesy New York Daily News

Props to journalists who dive into their stories.

Erin Durkin, of the New York Daily News, sampled upside-down life with David Blaine for a few minutes. Blaine, of course, is performing the stunt to cap off his new special, “David Blaine: Dive of Death” on ABC at 9 p.m. EST this Wednesday. He will attempt to hang upside-down above Central Park’s Wollman Rink for 60 hours. Much longer than Durkin, and without the safety harness she wore.

Durkin writes that Blaine wanted to make absolutely sure what she would feel:

“You’ll feel it,” the stunt man said. “The blood gathers in your head. It becomes overwhelming. You start to get a headache. Your eyes start to feel really tight with blood pressure, your legs go numb. Your extremities start to tingle.”

Durkin said she was flushed and a little dizzy after her hang, but none the worse for the wear. Blaine faces considerably larger risks, of course. He’ll do mid-air ab crunches and leg exercises to keep his circulatory system pumping. But get this: As of Sept. 21, he hasn’t gone more than six hours upside-down without blacking out.

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