Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fav YouTube Clip: David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min [VID]

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min

Originally uploaded to YouTube by TEDtalksDirector.

Description: " In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at Follow us on Twitter Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives"

See Video: David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min

At the end of the video, in tears, Blaine says: "As a magician I try to show things to people that seem impossible. And I think magic, whether I'm holding my breathe or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It's practice, it's training and experimenting while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be. That's what magic is to me."

What's magic in your life?

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