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Firemen to copy Blaine box stunt

Published 08/12/2010 | 19:10

American Illusionist David Blaine lived in a perspex box near Tower Bridge, London, for 44 days
American Illusionist David Blaine lived in a perspex box near Tower Bridge, London, for 44 days

Two daredevil firefighters will recreate a stunt made famous by illusionist David Blaine after they agreed to be enclosed in a glass box suspended 30ft in the air to raise money for charity.

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David Hunt and Jon Wordsworth will be contained in the box without food while wearing full fire kit.

Unlike Blaine, who lasted 44 days in his box, they will be suspended for just 48 hours.

The pair, who work in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, hope to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Cancer Research UK as part of a long-running fundraising campaign.

Mr Hunt, 25, will take part in the first of the so-called Perspex Box Challenges, which takes place on Friday December 10 at 12pm on Old Cavendish Street, Westminster, central London.

The box will be hung from a crane 30ft above the ground and he will be held inside with just a sleeping bag, a potty and water to prevent dehydration.

Mr Wordsworth, 28, originally from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, will attempt a similar challenge at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield in February 2011.

Mr Hunt wrote on their fundraising site that he knew the stunt was a "silly idea".

He said: "I think it was a early Greek philosopher or Roman gladiator who coined the phrase 'schoolboy error'.

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