Magician and illusionist David Blaine, 47, floated over 24,000 feet above the Arizona desert held up by 52 helium-filled balloons!
Blaine’s daring stunt was livestreamed on YouTube and lasted about an hour.
After reaching 24,000 feet above the Arizona desert, Blaine skydived back down. Wow! The wilderness must be explored, right Russel?
As soon as he took off, Blaine started dropping five pounds of weight to fly even higher. He was ascending at 500 feet per minute.
When he reached 8,000 feet, the illusionist strapped himself into a parachute.
His 9-year-old daughter Dessa watched in awe from the ground and spoke to him while he was flying around.
Blaine released himself from the cluster of balloons at an altitude of 24,900 feet.
Shortly after landing, he told his daughter: “I love you. This is all for you.”
Before the stunt, Blaine said the ‘Ascension’ felt ‘way crazier’ than his other acts. “This thing feels insane. Normally I feel like I have control… this I have no control over anything,” he said.
The illusionist has previously said he was inspired to copy the photo from the 1956 French movie Le Ballon Rough where a young boy goes flying into the sky with a cluster of balloons.
Blaine said he has spent the last two years gearing up for the stunt. He learned to skydive, obtained a pilot’s license, and a commercial balloon pilot’s license before the ‘Ascension.’
One internet user commented: “I like the movie UP better.”
Another wrote: “He’s great,I’ve enjoyed his magic for years…….great stunt David.”
A third added: “Haha reminds me of Eric the midget from Howard stern show, fly with balloons.”
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