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Blaine Emerges After 44 Days in Box

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by rubbish heap, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. rubbish heap

    rubbish heap Senior Member

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    Blaine Emerges After 44 Days in Box

    By HANNAH BERGMAN, Associated Press Writer

    LONDON - New York magician David Blaine emerged Sunday from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box, 50 pounds lighter and buoyed by crowds celebrating the conclusion of his self-imposed starvation stunt.

    Thousands of people watched the 30-year-old Blaine leave the box, which was suspended by a crane, after it was lowered to the banks of the Thames River. After living on only water since Sept. 5, Blaine was taken to a hospital for examination.

    "This has been one of the most inspirational experiences of my life," Blaine said feebly, pausing and looking as if he might pass out. "I have learned more in that box than I have learned in years. I have learned how strong we are as human beings."

    Blaine shuffled as he took his first steps on solid ground, and was helped to a stage by attendants.

    Cheering crowds filled the small park near London's Tower Bridge and lined the riverbanks to see Blaine in the final few hours of his latest endurance feat in a box measuring 7 feet-by-7 feet-by-3 feet.

    Paul Kenny, a medic at the site, said Blaine would undergo blood tests at a private hospital and be given fluids intravenously before moving onto blended foods. It could be several days before he resumed eating solid foods, Kenny said.

    "If you look at him he looks great, but I suspect he's been living on adrenaline," Kenny said.

    Sunday night's cheerful crowd contrasted strongly with some of the hostility directed toward Blaine earlier in his ordeal. His box has been pelted with eggs, burgers and balloons filled with pink paint.

    Rick Brim, 26, a vendor working the crowd on Tower Bridge, said, "Sitting in a box for 44 days is a bit of a farce, especially because there are really people starving, but it's doing me all right selling binoculars."

    Blaine has previously been buried alive and encased in a block of ice, and said his latest feat was both the hardest and "the most beautiful" thing he's done. His box was said to contain only a quilt, a pillow, a journal, a change of clothes and a photo of his mother.

    A medical briefing issued Saturday said the magician was experiencing dizziness and nausea, and warned that he might die if he resumes normal eating habits too soon after his exit.

    Before he entered the box, Blaine said he had bulked up to more than 205 pounds so he could survive on his own body fat.

    Dehydration also was a threat, but Marinos Elia, a professor at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, said the magician had been drinking enough water to prevent that. Elia had been monitoring Blaine's condition.

    Skeptics have suggested Blaine could easily add some nutrients to his water, but the medical briefing said tests for alcohol, glucose and sodium had found nothing.

    In the box suspended 40 feet above the Thames' south bank, cold nights have had a draining effect on Blaine, and he has experienced shooting pains, dizziness, nausea and irregular heartbeats, Elia said.

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  2. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

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  3. TresOne

    TresOne Member

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    Impressive, but he should stick to street magic.
     
  4. crave

    crave Veteran Member

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    yea it's an impressive feat but for what exactly? either way. . er, way to go! i guess.
     
  5. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

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    This immediately made me think of the stories I've heard of those 'holy men' in India that would stand on one foot or sit on a pillar for a month.
    Either way, if he really did this without any sort of aid (ie nutrients in the water, other sneaky stuff), good for him. I'm sure it would be an enlightening experience.
     
  6. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

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    That's what i've been thinking since day one.
     
  7. Kyuzo

    Kyuzo Banned

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    I wonder what that first steak is gonna taste like for him
     
  8. hulk hogan

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  9. type R

    type R Senior Member

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    his street magic is insane to watch...
     
  10. ToYs

    ToYs Guest

    HOW THE FUCK DID HE TAKE A SHIT?!?!?
     
  11. Daze One Million

    Daze One Million Elite Member

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    ive said it before and illsay it again, blaine is the man
     
  12. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

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    I think those guys are called "Brahmun" or "Brahmahn". hmm, guess i need to bone up on my Siddartha reading. The only part i really remember from that book is the portangonist banging the hot servant chick.
     
  13. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

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    he had a tube or something hooked up. i dunno how keen i'd be to take a shit into a tube in front of a few hundred people though
     
  14. MOOGLE?

    MOOGLE? 12oz Loyalist

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    ......four words








































    he fucked fiona apple.....



    .....

    pimp.....nuff said'
     
  15. jenoz

    jenoz Member

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    that box must have reeked like piss. the closest i've been to that was jail.:eek:
     
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