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Blaine defends upside down stunt


Blaine said he was unhappy about the stunt's end

US illusionist David Blaine has responded to critics who claimed he had misled people over his latest stunt.

The 35-year-old spent 60 hours hanging upside down in New York, but has been criticised by some for taking breaks to use the toilet and drink water.

He told US TV show Live With Regis and Kelly: "There's no way to relieve yourself and not put everybody beneath you at risk."

Blaine added hydrating himself was essential because he had been fasting.

High winds

He said if he had eaten during the stunt, he would have been forced to take longer "real breaks" to visit the toilet.

However, many fans claimed they had been duped into believing Blaine would remain inverted for the entire 60 hours.

David Blaine
I had dreamed up the most amazing ending for a stunt ever
David Blaine

Blaine also said he was not happy with the way the stunt had ended.

"I had dreamed up the most amazing ending for a stunt ever," he said.

He had planned to jump from a platform, fall 44 feet towards the ground before being swept away by a bunch of helium-filled balloons.

Instead, he dangled awkwardly for a moment before ascending into the night sky.

US TV network ABC, which broadcast a two hour special on Blaine's stunt, had urged him not to jump because of high winds.

"I wasn't going to let everybody down, so I just jumped," he said.

"And somehow the guys with the balloons made it work, and they pulled me slowly up and I went over into the park and they pulled me down.

"I know that it didn't work right when all my friends called up and said, 'Wait, what happened? I'm confused'."

Blaine added he had found hanging upside down tough at the start.

"At the end of the first day I thought I wasn't going to make it. I didn't know what I was going to do, but I didn't want to disappoint everybody, so I kept pushing and going as hard as I could."

Despite the criticism Blaine is already working on his next stunt.

"I know that I'm going to work my hardest and make it the most incredible thing that I can," he said.

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