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TED TALK: David Blaine

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/david_blaine_how_i_held_my_breath_for_17_min.html

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.

 

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Wise Words…

 Dance Like No One is Watching… Love Like You Have Never Been Hurt Before…Go to Work Like You Don’t Need The Money

-Kurt Vonnegut

Everyone wishes that they could live their life like this. Unfortunately, life, does not always pan out that way for most people. How great would it be to live life without fear and dress the way you want, or talk to whoever you wanted without any fear of persecution?  Vonnegut’s words are the ideal. To live life to its fullest, and never look back. As much as some people try to do this, their natural instincts usually kick in and hold them back. The fear of being mocked, rejected, failure. All basic human emotions that stop people in their tracks from breaking out of their shell and acting vulnerable. Vulnerability is usually the key reason why people can’t act the way Vonnegut is describing people should. No one ever wants to be the one who puts themselves out there and has the carpet ripped away right out from under their feet. The risk is not worth it for them. So instead, they do the basic dances they feel comfortable with. They aren’t  completely open with the ones they love. And they don’t take risks at their job. I think if people took risks and lived their lives to the fullest they would just feel better about themselves. They would not be scared to experiment or to work out side the box. It would be a more interesting world, for sure.