By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 20, 2002 11:00 AM
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David Blaine is up to his old tricks. The magician, 35, who made a name (and a spectacle) of himself with such death-defying — and nationally televised — stunts as burying himself in a coffin for a week in 1999 and spending 62 shirtless hours under ice in 2000, has something new up his sleeve. Starting Tuesday, Blaine intends to perch himself at the top of a 10-story New York building with nothing more than a 2-ft.-wide pillar as his platform. He plans to hang in there, standing, for 35 solid hours — devoid of food, water, sleep and anything to sit or lean on. (ABCNEWS.com notes that in case of high winds — and it has been windy and cold in New York the past few days — Blaine will have the luxury of ankle-height handles to hold.) Wednesday night on ABC TV, on a live special called “David Blaine’s Vertigo,” he’ll bring the stunt to a close by jumping off his tiny platform — and into a pile of cardboard boxes. “I love the image of a man on a pillar alone in the world,” Blaine is quoted as saying on the ABC News site, which reports that the magician trained with movie stuntman Bob Brown. And Brown’s assessment of the situation? “I don’t know any stuntmen that would really want to do this,” he said. For his part, Blaine promises, “I’ll just fly.” Lots of luck, Peter Pan.