Less than seven hours remain until the completion of magician David Blaine’s most electrifying feat.
Blaine has been balancing on a tiny, elevated platform surrounded by one million volts of electricity for the last three days. (This is the longest the illusionist has ever stayed awake during a stunt.) Power is generated by the public who use Ultrabook devices to control the direction and intensity of the light and sound emitted by Tesla coils.
With the exception of a few shocking moments of beauty and awe where Blaine was surrounded by a cloud of blue streaks of electricity, his stunt has yet to deliver any great wows. “Electrified” seems like more of a glorified corporate sponsorship with Ultrabook than a Blaine-worthy feat.
A string of celebrities ranging from Darren Aronofsky to Woody Harrelson and musicians including Andrew W.K. and Gavin Russom were brought in to spice up the act. I think I was more impressed with Andrew W.K.’s Tesla coil rendition of Party Hard than Blaine himself. Sure, he looked like Static and stayed awake for an incredible length of time, but his life never seemed to be in real jeopardy. And what’s a Blaine stunt without imminent death?
Watch the event’s live stream and decide for yourself. Who knows, maybe sparks will really fly in the last hour.