How I held my breath for 17 minutes | David Blaine In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) — and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

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  1. I hate all these cancer comments talking about he's sounds like he lost brain cells, or he's high or his nose is stoped up. You he sounded like this about 20 years ago, and on his TV special about a decade ago.

  2. Wooowww… can Dave be a hypocondriac after all the crazy things he puts himself into??…. how can he do all that?…woooww….even more respext now!……. ive suffered from that in the last years, and watchin all he has done, i actually thpught…how lucky he doesnt have to care all day about his vital signs as me….and then, he says this….wow….amaxing!


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