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Blaine survives million-volt stunt

DAREDEVIL David Blaine has finished what could be called his most electrifying stunt.

The magician emerged shortly before 9pm last night after spending three days and three nights standing in the middle of one million volts of electric currents at New York's Pier 54.

A spokesman said Blaine was able to walk with assistance, speak and kiss his fiancee Alizee Guinochet, before being taken to a hospital to be examined.

Blaine (39) wore a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the currents, emitted by Tesla coils.

The stunt, called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On", was streamed on YouTube.

During a press conference earlier in the week, he described how this latest idea grew out of an image he had of himself at the centre of a giant plasma globe.

Realising the idea would require him to exist in an airless vacuum -- a feat beyond even Blaine's prowess -- he adapted the idea to instead use Tesla coils.

Some onlookers called the event stunning, but still voiced their scepticism of how dangerous the volts were.

"I don't know if he's really feeling something or if it's like those volts that you can touch and nothing happens," said one.

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

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