September 22, 2008

Worth It?

The biggest danger for magician David Blaine when he hangs upside down above New York's Central Park for 60 hours next week? Going blind.

That's the analysis of Dr. Massimo Napolitano of the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. He is the chief of vascular surgery and is advising Blaine on the stunt.

Napolitano told the Bergen Record for a story Saturday that hanging upside down for a long time increases blood pressure in the head, especially in the eyes. That could lead to blindness.

The doctor doesn't say how long the blindness could last, but he says there's also a risk of swelling and cramps in internal organs. Nevertheless, Napolitano says the stunt could yield valuable data for doctors.

Posted by: Lawrenkm at 05:45 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Is it worth to risk your health just because of implementing stunt trick? Or maybe it's all fake, like many people think about Blaine and all his "magic"? Has he got a talent, or is he just desperately trying to retrieve his 15 minutes of fame?

Posted by: at September 22, 2008 02:35 PM (KxgsQ)

2 He's an amazing magician; watch some of his stuff -- meanwhile, the public stunts he has done are not magic, just feats of human strength and will-power. There's a difference, and it doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

Posted by: Iceman at September 23, 2008 07:28 AM (JHKKE)

3 Eh, he isn't really hanging upside down for 60 hours - he is taking three breaks every hour. It's not even a good stunt.

Posted by: TRO at September 24, 2008 07:58 AM (m1Vvj)

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