American David Blaine climbed to an altitude of about seven and a half kilometers in balloons, and then descended to the ground by parachute. Initially, the stunt, which was shown live, was supposed to be performed over the Hudson River. Still, due to weather conditions and logistical issues, it was decided to hold it in Arizona. The experiment was broadcast on Blaine’s YouTube channel.
The illusionist used about 50 balloons filled with helium. The trick was called “Ascension.”
The flight lasted about an hour, from takeoff to landing. Blaine himself called the stunt “the most ambitious” of his career.
Within a few hours, the video has collected more than 5 million views.