David Blaine Ascends To 25,000 Feet, Suspended By 52 Balloons

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Well, my hands are most definitely sweating at this point, as this is probably simultaneously the most incredible and terrifying thing I’ve ever seen.

Illusionist David Blaine just spent quite a bit of time suspended above the Arizona desert by 52 helium balloons. He “took off” (if you can call it that) from Page Airport in Arizona, and spent roughly an hour suspended in the air.

He continued to gain altitude, and made it all the way up to 25,000 feet. As you’d expect, he needed oxygen at that altitude, given how thin the air gets. He detached himself from the balloons when he passed 25,000 feet, and then entered a free fall, until he deployed his parachute at around 7,000 feet. He ended up landing in the desert, where he was picked up by a helicopter.

You can track his “flight” through Flightradar24 with the registration code N947DB.

You can watch the live feed of the entire event here:

And to add an airline angle to this, kudos to Ryanair for the quick wit…

I’m speechless…

The one thing I’m curious about is if it there was any element of illusion to all of this. After all, Blaine is an illusionist and not a traditional daredevil. Was there some illusion here that we’re missing? Was this all a desert mirage? 😉

Comments
  1. This guy is the real deal. No illusions, just practice and training of the human body. I saw him live remain underwater in a tank for over 9 minutes.

  2. More fake news. Check out the video. A human like black form is seen, apparently nonchalantly holding onto the balloons with only one hand. Really, just using one hand?

    And 25,000 feet? The balloons never get higher than the surrounding mountains, and this not being the Himalayas, that’s nowhere near that high. Not a very good illusion in my book.

  3. @Robert Hanson: “A human like black form is seen” Haaaa! Like Drumpf’s claim that unnamed people in “dark shadows” are controlling Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. You Drumpsters are laughable.

  4. I can personally report seeing David Blaine reaching an altitude of 35000 ft — ok it was inside a jetBlue A321 from JFK to SFO 5 years ago. He occasionally would pop out from his seat in Mint and entertain us in even more space with illusions. He performed one card illusion with me that still has me totally mystified.

  5. Nice guy but this feat would been interesting a century ago, not to mention this does nothing for our cause cÊlèbre, travel hacking!

  6. @Ryan
    Lawnchair Larry is my hero. Just a regular guy, a truck driver, who did something amazing.

    It is reported that they asked him why he did it, and his response was “A guy can’t just sit around”.

  7. Have you ever seen David Blane spit out live frogs ? That guy is amazing . I’m thinking he could magically change a boarding pass from economy to first class.

  8. Pretty fascinating with all the planning, training, and tech that went into this if you watch the video. I didn’t go through the whole 3 hours but skimmed through most of it and while I’m not normally a fan of how his acts are sensationalized this was impressive. Not sure what some other watched but he is fully harnessed into the balloon setup and is well above the mountains when he disconnects. In the lead up they went through all the planning and prep so no illusion with this.

  9. We happened to be in Page, AZ and witnessed the event live. Personally watched the balloons gain altitude until nearly out of site. It was the real deal.

  10. Dude has been planning and training for a year and a half.. including multiple rehearsals.. I think he even had to get a pilot license and a commercial hot air balloon license and certified to sky dive solo
    It was real

  11. It would have been impressive if he were actually hanging on to the apparatus with his own hands and not latched on with a carabiner. That was a lot of effort and build-up for a rather anticlimactic jump. Standing on a 90-foot pole for 35 hours was probably more difficult and dangerous.

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