Monday, February 15, 2010

Ordeal of human ice cube

A magician is in hospital suffering from severe frostbite after spending more than 64 hours as a human ice cube to break a world endurance record.

Latvian illusionist Gennady Palychevsky, 40, spent 64 hours and 32 minutes in the six foot square ice cube in Moscow before signaling for help.

The event tops American magician David Blaine's 63 hours in ice in New York's Times Square 10 years ago.

Palychevsky - known as Mr Fix - in magic circles - staggered from the ice after his frozen ordeal and was rushed away by paramedics.

Medics say Palychevsky was on the verge of literally freezing to death before he called a halt to the stunt.

Palychevsky - who trained in ice baths for six months - didn't eat or drink while he was sealed inside his ice tomb, broadcast live on Latvian radio throughout the entire stunt.

Timed videos of the event have been sent to Guinness World Records and will be made into a TV documentary later this year.

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