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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.

With a deck of cards and authoritative cool, David Blaine brings the wonderment of magic off the stage and onto the sidewalk. Full bio