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Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Million-volt stunt offers shock factor

  • Magician David Blaine stands inside an electrified apparatus surrounded by Tesla coils during his "Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On" s...

    John Minchillo / Associated Press

    Magician David Blaine stands inside an electrified apparatus surrounded by Tesla coils during his "Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On" stunt Friday in New York.

  • Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by tesla coils on Pier 54 Friday in New York.

    John Minchillo / Associated Press

    Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by tesla coils on Pier 54 Friday in New York.

NEW YORK -- Daredevil stuntman David Blaine lit up New York's Pier 54 on Friday for his latest high voltage feat.

The illusionist is scheduled to spend three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils.

The stunt is called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On."

"Electrified" also is being streamed on YouTube, thanks to computing company Intel. Viewing stations are located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. Viewers at the stations are able to control the coils.

The 39-year-old Blaine is wearing a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents.

Blaine's past stunts include hanging upside down over Central Park, being buried alive and encased in a block of ice.

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