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David Blaine Completes Ascension Stunt Flying Past 24,000ft Using Helium Balloons

David Blaine Completes Ascension Stunt Flying Past 24,000ft Using Helium Balloons

David Blaine has completed his latest stunt Ascension in Arizona, USA.

The stunt saw the 47-year-old float through the air using a bunch of helium balloons - much like the house in Up.

The stunt, which was said to have been '10 years in the making', was originally due to take place in his hometown New York City on 31 August, but due to windy conditions in The Big Apple it was moved to Page, Arizona, today (Wednesday).

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Blaine said he felt like he was on a different planet as he drifted up and up. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine
Blaine said he felt like he was on a different planet as he drifted up and up. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine

Blaine reached heights in excess of 24,000ft and the flight and took around an hour. You can see his flight path here.

Following a series of rigorous checks, Blaine's daughter Dessa attached his final balloon and he began to drift up into the blue skies at about 4pm, removing ballasts to ascend further and further.

As he continued to rise, Blaine used his long-honed breathing and purging techniques to maximise his oxygen intake.

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After following a series of instructions, Blaine then let go of the balloons and plummeted thousands of feet before activating his parachute and coasting back to the ground.

Blaine spoke to his daughter while he floated thousands of feet above. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine
Blaine spoke to his daughter while he floated thousands of feet above. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine
Blaine plummeted to the ground before activating his parachute. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine
Blaine plummeted to the ground before activating his parachute. Credit: YouTube/David Blaine

Prior to ascending, Blaine said the stunt was his most 'ambitious' yet and the operation was extremely complex. Beyond the obvious risk of balloons popping, there was the threat posed by winds, as well as the risk of hypoxia (life-threatening oxygen deprivation) and hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature).

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Blaine is no stranger to headline-grabbing stunts such as this - he spent 44 days suspended in a 3ft x 7ft x 3ft box near Tower Bridge in London. When he emerged weeks later, he was 60lbs lighter and showing symptoms of starvation.

He's also buried himself alive, spending a week under a massive tank of water, surviving off just a few tablespoons of water.

Blaine tested his endurance further when he spent 73 hours stood on a 22-foot high pillar in New York, while one million volts were directed at him throughout.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/David Blaine

Topics: Celebrity, US News, YouTube

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