David Blaine begins water stunt
The illusionist will spend the week at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts on public display. He will use air and food lines to keep himself alive.
At the close of the stunt, he plans to try to break the world record for holding breath underwater whilst being handcuffed into 150lbs of metal chains.
"My only fear is the unknown...Hopefully I will have to escape from all these chains, and if not I will drown and the world will see something pretty insane," he told BBC New Online. "I feel pretty good. Though I've been sleeping very little and breath-holding non-stop.
"My system is completely empty and I did that so there's no waste. That way in the sphere I don't have to use the bathroom." "
Surgeon Dr Murat Gunel, who specialises in surgical treatment of strokes, said Blaine could be permanently injured by the stunt. He explained: "David might never be the same again. Even if he is fine immediately after, there is a risk for developing seizures in the long run. We all advised him against this stunt."