At a press conference yesterday afternoon in New York City, magician David Blaine announced that for his next stunt, he would crucify himself on the tallest of the three newly built giant crosses in Chattanooga at The Crossing Church off Interstate 75.
Blaine rose to prominence early in his career as a street magician before performing extreme stunts and tests of endurance, including being frozen in a block of ice for 63 hours, being suspended over the River Thames in a Plexiglas case without food for 44 days and being electrified with one million volts continuously for 72 hours.
“Some people, when they see a magnificent, towering mountain, they say, ‘I want to climb that,'” said Blaine, while “The Final Countdown” by Europe played in the background. “When I heard about these giant crosses being built in Tennessee, I immediately said, ‘I want to crucify myself on that.'”
“For 40 days and 40 nights, you will see me on the tallest of the three crosses, without food or shade from the blistering sun,” said Blaine. “Jesus Christ was only on the cross for less than a day, and I plan on beating his record, many times over.”