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David Blaine, 30,
begun the endurance test during a TV special that started at 8.30pm BST (19:30 GMT)
on 5th September and will survive on water
fed through a tube, appealed to Londoners to cheer him on as he enters the Plexiglass
box at Potters Fields Park near Tower Bridge in the centre of London, England.
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David Blaine said: "For
people who are sceptical, we will have taps from the water so you can check
there are no nutrients in it."
David Blaine, the magician
said it was "irrelevant" that the Guinness Book of Records refused to endorse
his fasting attempt and dismissed Mayor Ken Livingstone's claim it was offensive
to relatives of IRA hunger strikers. "I thought that was funny," Blaine said.
Blaine, saying goodbye to
model girlfriend Manon Von Gerkan, declared: "I am putting together last minute
things, trying to remember to take the right baby wipes."
Earlier this week magician and endurance artist David Blaine has turned to sleight of hand,
apparently lopping off part of his ear in front of reporters.
The stunt took place on Monday during a news conference to promote Blaine's
latest feat, a six-week stint in a plastic box suspended above the River Thames.
David Blaine, a 30-year-old New Yorker appeared to hack at his ear with a knife after a
reporter asked him to perform a trick. Blaine left the news conference with blood
apparently streaming from his head and returned to show an ear that looked like
it was missing a chunk.
David Blaine, has previously has encased himself in ice for three days and spent 35
hours standing atop a 100-foot pole, plans to enter a plastic box suspended from
a crane 40 feet above the Thames on Friday 5th September. Blaine's goal is to remain there,
consuming only water, for 44 days.
David Blaine told reporters the box would contain only "some diapers
journal (diary), some pens and some lip balm pretty much."