Master stuntman David Blaine is gearing up in New York City to stand on top of a platform surrounded by thousands of volts of electricity for three days and three nights. He won't be able to eat, sleep or even touch his face without electrocuting himself, but he will be using a keyboard to answer questions from people around the world in real-time via social media.
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Starting on Friday, Oct. 5, Blaine will stand on a 20-foot high platform at Pier 54, surrounded by seven towering metallic orbs that will stream 1 million volts of electricity around him. He will be dressed in a metal suit and helmet capable of conducting millions of volts of electricity.
The event -- called "Electrified" -- will be Blaine's first-ever interactive stunt. Not only will the event be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube, he will also be fielding questions from fans on social media.
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"A keyboard will appear during certain times that will allow me to interact with people all over the world," Blaine told Mashable. "We are in a different age now where technology is so important and I wanted to be connected with people along the way."
The entire spectacle will be controlled by Intel-branded Ultrabooks, a super light and thin laptop. To make the experience more interactive, Intel has set up satellite stations in New York, as well as London, Beijing and Sydney, so visitors can control the coils remotely through the Ultrabooks. Users can pick the colors and intensity of the electricity throughout the duration of the student.
"I'm expecting the whole experience to be a very serious challenge," Blaine said. "The part for me that is most difficult will be the mental state, not eating, standing in place and staying awake the whole time. The lights and social media interaction will help a lot. The doctors and scientists involved have thought about the environment as much as they possible could, and I will do the mental part."
As for what he thinks about while attempting these feats, Blaine says he goes to a quiet place.
"It's an amazing time because you aren't thinking about what you are going to eat tonight and who you are going to see," he said. "All of that is gone and you are just in the element. It's similar to running a marathon or climbing a mountain -- you go into a place where everything else escapes you."
People can visit Blaine in New York City from Friday night until Monday night. The best time to go? "At night," he says.
This story originally published on Mashable here.