This is probably my favorite TED talk i have seen recently. It goes over a lot of what illusionist and magician, David Blaine has done in the past, including his most epic feet of holding his breath for 17 minutes. David Blaine began his career doing magic on the street for random people passing by. His life eventually led him to start doing things that pushed the physical human boundaries like standing on a pillar high of the ground for hours on end, and living in a box suspended by Tower bridge in London for a 44-day period, where Blaine went without any food or nutrients and survived on just 4.5 litres of water per day. His most insane stunt however would have to be when he attempted to break the world record of holding ones breath under water after receiving 100% oxygen before hand. He resulted in breaking the record at 17 minutes and 4 seconds. This led Blaine to multiple hospital stints and completely deteriorated his health.
To me David Blaine is one of the most excellent showmen of all time. He pushes himself to give the audience a show that can never be repeated by anyone else. He goes beyond the abilities of normal human capacity and does the most spectacular things, all for the sake of entertainment. That is why Blaine, in my opinion is one of the most interesting entertainers of our generation.