Magician and endurance performer David Blaine has captivated the attention of the world with his harrowing stunts. From catching bullets in his mouth to hanging upside down for 60 hours (more or less) straight to standing in a block of ice in the middle of Times Square. Each stunt tests the limits of his incredible endurance and has given new insight into the way the human body reacts to prolonged exposure to extreme conditions.
"Every single stunt that I've ever done is about endurance and pushing past what I thought would be possible," Blaine said in a video before the performance. "I can't imagine that many people would dream of doing it."
His newest stunt, which he calls Ascension, had him holding onto 500 balloons as he sailed over the Arizona desert. He rose about 24,900 feet -- or about 4.7 miles, before releasing and skydiving back to the ground. The entire thing was streamed onto Youtube .
"Wow!" he exclaimed as he landed. "That was awesome!"
You can watch the stunt below.