David Blaine Successfully Pulls Off ‘Up’-Inspired ‘Ascension’ Stunt in Arizona
David BlaineThe awesome “Up”-inspired stunt went off without a hitch… although it wasn’t without some really tense moments.
As the famous illusionist launched from the ground in Arizona strapped to 52 colorful balloons – one of which was actually an experimental aircraft – he gave his daughter, Dessa, a giveaway and embarked on “Ascension” … his latest death-defying stunt reminiscent of the classic balloon scene with the old man and his house in the 2009 Disney / Pixar movie.
During the first part of Blaine’s rise, he spoke with Dessa and told her he felt like he was floating, and kept telling viewers how amazing his view was … saying he didn’t even seem like he was on Earth.
When he reached certain altitude levels, David would drop weights and various parts of his balloon craft to aid in the climb, then lower his parachute and secure it to his body in the air.
After being connected and secure, Blaine increased his climb and went through a rigorous breathing technique to get his oxygen level up and prepare for his giant drop.
At one point during his steady climb, Blaine told his team that he was proud of them and that he had never felt more confident about the stunts he had pulled off… adding to the drama .
He then spoke with his daughter one last time and reminded her of the training they did together to prepare him for the cold air as he entered Class A airspace.
Finally – after several minutes of preparation, and at over 24,000 feet – he released the balloons.
It was sure stuff on the edge of your seat, but David’s descent from a rope pull free fall on his parachute went well. The only hiccup was that Blaine couldn’t seem to magically appear on his target landing spot… but he improvised and landed safely not too far.
For the stunt – which was originally scheduled for earlier this week in New York City – Blaine was to become a licensed hot air balloon pilot. However, he moved it to Arizona, saying it was very complex and needed a few more days to prepare.
He called it his “most ambitious and revolutionary achievement to date” … until next.
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