WATCH | David Blaine flies over the desert holding onto 50 helium balloons

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David Blaine performs the stunt "Ascension".
David Blaine performs the stunt "Ascension".
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  • Illusionist David Blaine has performed his most ambitious stunt to date.
  • The 47-year-old flew over the Arizona desert holding onto 50 helium balloons.
  • He reached an altitude of 24 900 feet before skydiving and parachuting to the ground.

For his latest stunt, David Blaine attempted something we only see in the movies. The illusionist flew over the Arizona desert holding onto 50 helium balloons.

CNN reports that he reached an altitude of 24 900 feet - about 6kms - before skydiving and parachuting to the ground.

Ahead of the stunt titled Ascension the 47-year-old said: "Every single stunt that I've ever done is about endurance and pushing past what I thought would be possible. I can't imagine that many people would dream of doing it."

The performance took about an hour from lift off to landing and was streamed live on YouTube.

According to Variety he spent two years training for the stunt, for which he needed a pilot's license and to be certified as a skydiver.

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