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Old 05-01-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- David Blaine took on a Zen-like appearance in the water tank as the minutes ticked by during his attempt to set a new breath-holding record. Oprah Winfrey, however, was anything but calm.
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David Blaine is on "Oprah" Wednesday, holding his breath in front of a studio audience.

She fidgeted in her chair, pursed her lips, placed her head in her hands, and kept seeking reassurance from the doctor at her side about the 35-year-old magician's persistently high heart rate.

"I'll be glad when it's over. I don't like suspense," she told the audience during a commercial break.

Soon enough, Winfrey -- and Blaine -- could breathe a lot easier.

Submerged in a water-filled sphere on the stage of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" during a live broadcast, Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. That bested the previous record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds, set February 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records.

Blaine had a smile on his face soon after his head rose above the water and he took several deep gulps of air. Within about a minute, he was able to hold a microphone and tell Winfrey, "I feel great," later adding that breaking the record was a fulfillment of "a lifelong dream."

Before his attempt, Blaine was allowed to inhale pure oxygen for up to 30 minutes, although he inhaled for only 23 minutes. A Guinness World Records judge was on hand to certify the feat.

In May 2006 as a finale to a week spent in an aquarium with an oxygen mask at New York's Lincoln Center, Blaine tried to set another type of breath-holding record. Without breathing pure oxygen beforehand, he tried to break the existing record of 8 minutes, 58 seconds for an attempt of that type.

But he had to be rescued shortly after 7 minutes when he was unconscious and having convulsions.

Blaine was in much better shape after Wednesday's attempt. He walked unassisted down a set of stairs to join Winfrey for an interview. He told her he had doubted while in the water whether he'd be able to break the record because of his high heart rate.

The lower the heart rate, the less oxygen is consumed.

Blaine had expected his heart rate to drop perhaps as low as under 20 beats per minute while he was in the water. But for most of the attempt, it was over 100 beats per minute, then started dropping and fluctuating rapidly during the last 2 1/2 minutes.

While training, Blaine said he would meditate to lower his heart rate. But amid the hubbub of a live studio audience, and with a record at stake, Blaine admitted he had trouble forgetting his surroundings.

Earlier in the show, Winfrey noted that her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, was making a rare appearance in the audience because he's such a fan of Blaine's work.

For Winfrey, however, the endurance feat was "nerve-racking to witness," she told Blaine.

Blaine joked about coming back on her show again and again to get used to the surroundings, lower his heart rate and set new breath-holding records.

But first, Blaine said he plans to try to break the world record for staying awake. The current record is 11 1/2 days, he said. However, Guinness said it no longer acknowledges such attempts because of health concerns.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:03 AM   #2
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David Blaine is my hero.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:47 AM   #3
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the guy is a freak, but is pretty good at what he does

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:11 AM   #4
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yeah i am a huge david blaine fan ...

check this out:

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Old 05-01-2008, 04:19 AM   #5
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holy shit

ive been a fan of his since his 'street magic' special

i love this trick

http://link.brightcove.com/services/...ctid1125863468

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:35 AM   #6
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i don't understand the appeal

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #7
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it takes a tremendous amount of focus and endurance to deprive your body of what is natural. megabrainpowers. how is that not appealing?

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:34 PM   #8
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:58 PM   #9
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"Before his attempt, Blaine was allowed to inhale pure oxygen for up to 30 minutes, although he inhaled for only 23 minutes. A Guinness World Records judge was on hand to certify the feat."

lol how retarded. if i were him i would have shot up a few depressants as well. tremendous focus, nearly the kind of astronomical mental power it takes to hold a lit cigarette to your forearm

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:01 PM   #10
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I think it makes two distinctions: there's a record for breathing in pure oxygen (for up to 30 minutes prior) and there's just a regular record for normal breathing.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:03 PM   #11
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breath holding records are fine but i hate david blaine

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:10 PM   #12
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it takes a tremendous amount of focus and endurance to deprive your body of what is natural. megabrainpowers. how is that not appealing?
i'm not saying it's not impressive. but i just don't really care and don't see why anyone does.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #13
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david blaine is an entertainment brand. people like having their entertainment organized for them so they have heuristic clues to decide what to zombie out to in front of the tv and dont have to perform difficult mental tasks like deciding if a guy holding his breath interests them

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:22 PM   #14
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good call.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:46 PM   #15
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ahahahahaha, i saw the first part, but this is also hilarious.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:04 PM   #16
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yeah i am a huge david blaine fan ...

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Those people are plants... what do you think he's really a wizard?

 
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:59 AM   #17
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I liked the street magic stuff he used to do. My favorite was watching people freak out when he levitated.

 
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CHEEZITS. CHEEZITS. CHEEZITS. CHEEZITS.

 
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