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Blaine ready for shocking million-volt stunt

DAVID Blaine is spending the days leading up to his next stunt lying low. "I'll mostly be relaxing, meditating and playing with my daughter... and trying not to deprive myself of sleep," the illusionist said.

He will need the rest. Beginning Friday, Blaine will spend three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents.

The feat is called Electrified: One Million Volts Always On, and will take place at Pier 54 on New York's West Side. It will be open to the public, and spectators can type messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and basically help keep him alert.

Electrified also will be streamed on YouTube, with viewing stations located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney.

Blaine, who said he lives nearby, joked that he hopes to walk home after it is all over.

For the stunt, the 39-year-old will wear a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents. He will have a wire helmet on, a visor to shield his eyes, and hearing protection for his ears. The air he breathes will be monitored.

Blaine won't be able to eat but will have a tube for water in and another tube for water out, so to speak.

"I don't know how I could ever top this. This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I'm literally shocked it came together," he said.

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