David Blaine Lit Up By One Million Volts

Daredevil stuntman David Blaine has lit up New York for his latest high-voltage feat.

The illusionist spent three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by Tesla coils.

The stunt, staged on Pier 54 and which began on Friday, was called Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.

Electrified was also being streamed on YouTube , thanks to computing company Intel.

Viewing stations were located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney, and viewers at the stations were able to control the coils.

Thirty-nine-year-old Blaine wore a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents.

"Being in the middle of a lightning storm, it feels so amazing, being in an environment you shouldn't be in," he said during a trial run ahead of the feat.

Stuart Weiss, Blaine's doctor, said the main risks included exposure to the ozone and nitrous oxides that are a by-product of ionised air, which humans should not inhale in large quantities.

A ventilation system ensured Blaine had breathable air, and a special visor in his helmet protected his eyes from the ultraviolet radiation of the arcing electricity.

He also wore noise-cancelling earphones, allowing him to hear and communicate with people on the ground, despite the noise of the Tesla coils.

Blaine's previous stunts have included hanging upside down over Central Park, being buried alive and being encased in a block of ice.