Illusionist David Blaine begins daredevil electric stunt

Magician David Blaine performs a demonstration of his upcoming performance "Electrified" during a press briefing in New York this week. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

The feat is called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On" and is open to the public. Spectators are also encouraged to type messages to Blaine to control the electricity around him and help keep him alert.

The stunt is also being streamed on YouTube.