David Blaine ‘Ascension’: How He Plans to Soar Miles Above Arizona Desert With Only Helium Balloons in YouTube Live Stunt (

Blaine, a career magician, illusionist and endurance performer, is set to take flight over the desert in Page, Ariz., on Wednesday, Sept. 2 — piloting a cluster of 52 helium-filled balloons. The stunt will be exclusively livestreamed on YouTube, which is funding the project, and Blaine will narrate the entire experience for viewers from high above the Earth.

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