Illusionist and daredevil David Blaine’s latest stunt seems to resemble nostalgic scenes straight out of the film, Up.
On September 2, Blaine, 47, soared approximately 25,000 feet into the Arizona sky while hanging from 52 jumbo-sized helium balloons, completing on of his most dangerous stunts yet.
“It’s like magic, it feels like I’m floating in the air,” said Blaine on a radio to his team back on the ground after effortlessly landing from his accomplishment.
The latest stunt, which he named “Ascension,” was his first live broadcast stunt since 2012.
His ascent began on Wednesday morning, and the performance took about an hour from lift off to landing.
Though Blaine’s initial goal was to reach an altitude of around 18,000 feet, he ended up floating about 25,000 feet – or about 4.7 miles – before skydiving and parachuting back to the ground. He was tethered with a lightweight harness running from his wrists to his shoulders. “Ascension” has been a decade in the making, and required Blaine to complete 500 airplane jumps, get licensed for hot-air balloon piloting, and learning to read wind patterns.
Watch his stream by YouTube Originals below: