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David Blaine accused of cheating in his stunt

Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 19:30 [IST]

David Blaine accused of cheating in his...
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Washington (ANI): American magician David Blaine is said to have cheated in his latest stunt, which involves him hanging upside down for 60 hours. An eyewitness photographed him standing upright on September 23, and another reported Blaine had been taking breaks, from being hung upside down, by standing up about three times an hour.

Though the revelation has removed the charm from 35-year-old Blaine's latest stunt, his representative said that he never intended to stay upside down for 60 consecutive hours. "About once an hour he has to come down for a medical check, to stretch, and to relieve himself, because even David Blaine can't do that upside down," Fox News quoted Patrick Smith, an executive vice president at Rubenstein Associates, as saying.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] He has said all along that there will be times when he must get his head above his heart. "The doctors told him if he doesn''t do that, he will die," the rep added. The magician had on September 22 stated that he was "doin' all right" after being strung upside down above Central Park's Wollman ice skating rink in New York City earlier that day. The spectacle is set to conclude in an ABC television special on September 24 night, when Blaine takes what he calls the "Dive of Death" and falls 44 feet to the ground.

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