As you read this, David Blaine is on Pier 54 in Cheslea being zapped with a million volts shooting through him over the course of 72 hours. You know, just a family-friendly activity for you to bring the kids to.
Set up inside a "lightening storm," Blaine is standing in a large metal space filled with Tesla coils connected to his chain-mail uniform. The volts of electricity are zapping the musician via a huge keyboard timed to music, but passersby — including Chris Rock — can press a button to give him an extra surge. (Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone both passed by the Electrified performance but declined to zap Blaine, according to the New York Post. Figures. Aren’t they both vegans?)
It isn’t the most interesting stunt to watch — but then again, endurance tests usually aren’t. They’re only really interesting if somebody dies. Anyway, you can watch Blaine and incredulous New Yorkers who act like they’ve never seen a rat get zapped by the third rail right here:
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David Blaine, the professional masochist who spends an awful lot of time hanging upside down in locked boxes or cryogenic chambers suspended on razor-thin wires in the middle of Times Square (as is our understanding), will be attempting yet another attention-seeking illusion. But before you roll your eyes and click the “Back” button, turns out the magic man actually has a pretty convincing selling point this time around. And no, it’s not that he will be suspended over the Williamsburg Bridge in a cage with two hungry lions.
Blaine’s next stunt, Electrified, which begins Sunday night at Pier 54, will involve him being strapped to a metal suit for three days as million-volt bursts of electricity course through his body. This sounds incredibly painful, and apparently, fans will be able to alter the Tesla coils via online stations around the world. But the most important aspect of all of this is that Andrew W.K. will be a part of the action Sunday night, playing a million-volt Tesla coil-powered keyboard for an, erm, truly electrifying solo.
"I’m absolutely electrified and terrified by the opportunity to play a keyboard solo with so much energy, and to use this incredibly powerful device to send a musical surge through David’s brain,” W.K. wrote in a statement. Truly, he is never one to shy away from taking a party to the most extreme of extremes.