Illusionist and Magician David Blaine Blows Fans Away With His Latest ‘Ascension' Balloon Stunt
September 2, 2020
Illusionist David Blaine performed his latest stunt ‘Ascension’ which was live-streamed on YouTube in the Arizona desert on Wednesday. 47-year-old Blaine floated more than 24,000 feet above the Arizona desert held up by a cluster of 52 helium-filled balloons in his latest stunt.
Illusionist David Blaine performed his latest stunt ‘Ascension’ - photo via YouTube
Shortly after take off, Blaine began dropping five pound weights to ascend higher while wearing an oxygen mask during the ride up. At about 8,000 feet, Blaine started strapping himself into a parachute. After reaching 24,000 feet, before skydiving back down.
Blaine spent the last two years getting his pilot's license, along with a commercial balloon pilot's license, and learned to skydive in preparation for the stunt.
The stunt location changed to Arizona from its original destination of New York City, due to unfavorable weather. Blaine’s nine-year-old daughter Dessa cheered him on from the ground below during the one hour stunt.
David Blaine's 'Ascension' stunt video has generated over 2 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours. Watch here: