Magician, illusionist and risk-taker extraordinaire, David Blaine was spotted in Porterville, California this morning. He was hanging on to a group of balloons — technically called a “lift” of balloons.
We are happy to report that according to other reporters who appeared to be happy to report as well, Mr. Blaine landed safely after his soaring above the California landscape.
He plans to hold onto a lift of balloons to fly over the skies of New York City.
We think he is either fearless and/or the stunt has been well planned in advance. We asked no one in particular whether we would ever do such a stunt. We answered in the negative with a shudder.
Some dedicated InsideMagic readers no doubt recall our failed attempt to float over Mystic Hollow, Michigan, by holding on to birds through a special harness set-up. We barely took off — official records kept by the arresting officers said we lifted one and a half inch from the ground but this may have been accomplished by our “hopping.”
Unlike our attempt, it is doubtful Mr. Blaine will be covered by the waste product of “excited and/or frightened birds,” to use words from the arrest record.
We wish Mr. Blaine the best of luck and we will watch with envy and fear.