The Word: David Blaine did not die this weekend

If his agent recommended this as a way to “shock” people, I’d hate to see what will happen if he suggests Blaine attempt to piss people off.

As of press time, magician and “endurance artist” David Blaine did not die over the weekend as part of his latest stunt, “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.” For “Electrified,” Blaine stood on a 20-foot high platform on Pier 54 in Manhattan for 72 hours straight while 1 million volts of energy zapped around him from Tesla coils. “Electrified” was interactive; people could control the coils from viewing stations in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. But, here’s the thing: Blaine was never in true danger. He donned a 27-pound chainmail Faraday bodysuit and helmet which conducted the currents away from him, not through him. The magician’s doctor, Stuart Weiss, admitted to Wired that the main issue for Blaine would be avoiding inhaling nitrous oxides emitted by the electricity.

Am I the only one who thinks this is the mulimillion dollar version of a magician pretending to take your nose? I will say that I like his outfit — he looks like a chubby 11-year-old whose Halloween costume is a knight from outer space.

Kutcher and Kunis: It’s serious

It may be less than a year since Ashton Kutcher split from  Demi Moore, but apparently he’s ready to tie the knot again — with girlfriend and Esquire’s latest Sexiest Woman Alive, Mila Kunis. An engagement announcement is expected by Christmas, according to Heat magazine. “Ashton and Mila are talking marriage. He’s planning to propose at Christmas,” a source says. Marriage so soon? Doubtful. But it looks like the lovebirds are at least worshiping together. Us Weekly reports that the two attended Rosh Hashanah holiday services at the Kabbalah Center in NYC on Sept.18. “The men and women are separated [during the service], but Ashton always smiled at her,” an eyewitness tells Us Weekly.


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