Today marked a new world record for magician David Blaine, who managed to hold his breath while suspended under water for more than 17 minutes while on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Blaine, 35 said after the act: “I feel great. I actually started to doubt I was going to make it because I’d never done it with such a high heart rate,” he added.
He was hoping to make it for as long as 23 minutes but was pulled from the water tank at 17 minutes, four and four-tenths seconds.
When asked by Oprah what he was thinking about while in the tank he replied: “you!”
According to his aids, his heart beat did not drop to as low a rhythm as it should’ve for him to continue the stunt.
The previous record, which was 32 seconds shorter, was set in February.
Blaines most noted other stunt to date is being buried in a coffin for a week.