Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
David Blaine is closing in on the final hours of his Electrified stunt.
He has about five hours to go to finish his three-days of standing on a platform in Hudson River Park in New York City surrounded by 1 million volts of electricity. He has had no food or sleep. He is wearing a chain-mail suit, chain-mail socks and a wire helmet as the volts sizzles around him.
The voltage is being generated by the public, who can control the direction and intensity of the light and sound emitted by the Tesla coils through Ultrabook devices in stations in New York, London, Beijing, Sydney, and Tokyo.
"It's like having your whole body surrounded by static electricity, the kind that makes your hair stand up on end," Blaine told the New York Times last week during a trial run. "It doesn't hurt, but it's strange.
Executives at Intel, which is sponsoring the event and providing the Ultrabook laptops for controlling the coils, told the Times it's an "experiential exposition."
Some reaction so far:
EW.com says, "With the exception of a few shocking moments of beauty and awe where Blaine was surrounded by a cloud of blue streaks of electricity, his stunt has yet to deliver any great wows. Electrified seems like more of a glorified corporate sponsorship with Ultrabook than a Blaine-worthy feat."
Kent News out of England trashed it: "Just that, for once, it would be fun to see Blaine do something properly exciting - something which doesn't consist of doing nothing for hours on end."
Examiner.com says fans are finding it "boring."
NBC reported before it even began that it's "shockingly safe."