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    Default David Blaine breaks the world record for holding his breath on Oprah! (17 minutes)

    David Blaine breaks world record for holding one's breath
    By TARA BURGHART, Associated Press Writer 45 minutes ago


    CHICAGO - 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.

    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 Feb. 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. David Blaine breaks world record for holding one's breath - Yahoo! News

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    Wow ...

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    I saw the first time he tried to do it, man it was scary!

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    remember when he was in London in that stupid plastic box- and he got egged and faced insults by Londoners.
    Now that was entertainment

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    Quote Originally Posted by ana-mish-ana View Post
    remember when he was in London in that stupid plastic box- and he got egged and faced insults by Londoners.
    Now that was entertainment
    Yes,i was lucky enough to be there
    The insults were priceless..
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    One question: why?
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    My son and I were talking about what his next stupid
    stunt should be. We decided he could have his heart
    stopped by a doctor, then see how long he could
    remain "dead" and come back alright. There's not much
    left to do that anyone would care about with this
    creepy dude.

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    This has to be some sort of an illusion.
    Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.

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    I find him repulsive and dirty, when I see him I feel itchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkly View Post
    This has to be some sort of an illusion.
    I agree. I just don't see how this is physiologically possible. If it is, he needs to be donating his secret to science...

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    Let's see how long he can hold his breath and live when someone puts him in a choke hold.

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    I'm curious as to what type of brain damage he may have suffered~
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    He is such a douche, he could shit out a dozen dancing oompa loompas while blowing Elvis' rotting corpse and I still wouldn't be impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleWasHere View Post
    Let's see how long he can hold his breath and live when someone puts him in a choke hold.
    You volunteer to choke him and I'll post it on youtube. I give him 2 minutes til he passes out.

    This parody of David Blaine is hilarious!!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxu_MQSTTY[/youtube]

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHbYTm8U1v8[/YOUTUBE]
    Last edited by sparkly; April 30th, 2008 at 11:55 PM.
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    Its a trick. I don't know how, but its a trick. After about four or five minutes the brain begins to die and I don't care how much conditioning you've done to get ready for this - you can't train your brain not to die from oxygen deprivation. Of course, this is assuming that David Blaine has a brain, and I am not totally convinced of that.



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