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Watch as illusionist David Blaine flies over Arizona desert while holding balloons
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Watch as illusionist David Blaine flies over Arizona desert while holding balloons

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PAGE, Ariz. — Illusionist David Blaine floated over the Arizona desert on Wednesday by holding onto about 50 helium balloons.

He began his ascent on Wednesday morning, and the performance, which he titled "Ascension," took about an hour from lift-off to landing. The event was live-streamed on YouTube. Watch here:

"Every single stunt that I've ever done is about endurance and pushing past what I thought would be possible," Blaine said. "I can't imagine that many people would dream of doing it."

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This image is from illusionist David Blaine's YouTube video promoting his balloon ride over the Arizona desert.

Though his initial goal was to reach an altitude of about 18,000 feet, he ended up floating 24,900 feet, or about 4.7 miles, before skydiving and parachuting back to the ground.

"Wow!" he exclaimed as he landed. "That was awesome!"


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