David Blaine Ascension: Magician to Stage YouTube Livestreaming Stunt

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Magician David Blaine will try his first stay stunt in virtually a decade in a YouTube-exclusive livestream later this month — this one involving a bunch of balloons.

Within the stay particular, Blaine will float by way of the air a la Pixar’s “Up,” elevated by helium-filled balloons. The multi-hour “David Blaine Ascension” world livestream occasion will happen on the performer’s YouTube channel on Monday, Aug. 31.

“This stunt has been 10 years within the making,” Blaine tweeted Wednesday. “Let’s flip fear into surprise and take magic to new heights.”

Blaine will try to float throughout the Hudson River, suspended by a cluster of balloons as he travels from New Jersey to his native New York Metropolis.

“Watch in disbelief as David Blaine magically ascends above Earth, in his greatest stay efficiency but,” YouTube mentioned in saying the particular. Verizon is the unique U.S. sponsor of “David Blaine Ascension.”

YouTube launched an image, evidently of Blaine, held aloft by dozens of balloons:

In considered one of his most infamous stunts, in 1999 Blaine was buried in a plastic field below a three-ton water-filled tank for seven days in New York Metropolis. In the course of the stunt, titled “Buried Alive,” Blaine didn’t eat any meals and subsisted on only a few tablespoons of water per day. In October 2002, in an occasion livestreamed on YouTube, Blaine spent 72 hours standing on a pillar in New York Metropolis whereas he was subjected to 1 million volts of electrical energy.

The performer, who’s repped by CAA, most just lately appeared in ABC’s primetime particular “David Blaine: The Magic Means” in April 2020. Blaine has been the goal of sexual-assault allegations by three girls, in 2017 and 2019; he has denied every of the accusations.

YouTube introduced the plans for a particular stay occasion with Blaine at TCA in January 2020. “David Blaine Ascension” is emblematic of the brand new technique for YouTube Originals. Because it has nearly deserted scripted collection, YouTube’s authentic is centered round stay occasions, music, celebrity- and personality-driven programming and academic content material.

In June, YouTube introduced an all-new documentary collection following Demi Lovato, and renewed 4 authentic initiatives that includes big-name digital expertise: “Instantaneous Influencer with James Charles,” “The Creator Video games Introduced by MrBeast,” a sequel to interactive collection “A Heist With Markiplier,” and “Retro Tech” hosted by Marques Brownlee.

Watch a teaser trailer of Blaine’s “Ascension”:

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