Daredevil David Blaine performed his latest stunt on Wednesday, ascending nearly 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) into the Arizona sky while hanging from a cluster of jumbo-sized balloons before parachuting safely back to earth. “It’s like magic, it feels like I’m floating in the air,” Blaine said on a radio to his team of aides back on the ground after gently lifting off from a desert airstrip in Page, Arizona, connected to dozens of balloons in an event he called “Ascension”. YouTube said the stunt, which it live-streamed, set a record as the most-watched YouTube Originals live event ever with over 770,000 viewers. Blaine gradually dropped small weights to speed his ascent, donned a parachute mid-flight and strapped on an oxygen mask as he neared 24,900 feet, an altitude where most commercial airliners travel. Blaine, 47, has a history of performing high-profile and high-risk feats of endurance. His stunts include locking himself in a fish bowl, trapping himself in a block of ice for two days in Times Square, and standing freely atop a thin, tall pillar for 35 hours in New York City. Wednesday’s stunt lasted roughly 30 minutes. Blaine released himself from the balloon cluster and free-fell for some 30 seconds before deploying a parachute to slow his descent. Daredevil soars 1.8km into Dubai skies with Iron Man-style jetpack “Wow, that was awesome,” Blaine yelled into his radio as he stood back on land. Blaine has said he trained for the event for two years, including becoming a licensed pilot. It was his first live broadcast stunt since 2012.