The magician and endurance artist recently set a world record by holding his breath for more than 17 minutes.
Which of your feats has been your favorite?
London [where Blaine lived in a clear box suspended over the Thames without food for 44 days]. There was a heightened sense of everything. Every time you taste water, it's so sweet at least for the first 28 days, until you shift to digesting your organ walls, and then it begins to taste like sulfur and becomes horrific. I got liver and kidney failure from that one.
How do you train your body to do these things?
I train intensively. I think anybody can do any of these if they train. I don't recommend it. That's what's interesting to me how adaptable the human organism is.
How do you hope people will view your work when you're through?
I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people [and] pushed the boundaries of wonder.
Your next performance will involve sleep deprivation, right?
That is the next one, in September. I want to use Central Park. I'm going to go 11.57 days without sleep, which is 1 million seconds, or 16,666 minutes. Everyone can help keep me awake. I won't use stimulants. I think that defeats the whole purpose.