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17 minutes without breathing-NEW World Record
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David Blaine breaks world record for holding one's breath
By TARA BURGHART 27 minutes ago

CHICAGO (AP) David Blaine set a new world record Wednesday for breath-holding 17 minutes and 4 seconds fulfilling what he said was "a lifelong dream."

The feat was broadcast live during "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the studio audience cheered as divers pulled the 35-year-old magician from a water-filled sphere 8 feet in diameter. Less than two years ago, Blaine went into convulsions during a similar attempt.

"A lifelong dream," a relaxed-looking Blaine told Winfrey immediately after setting the record. "I can't believe that I did that."

While still underwater, Blaine worried his heart rate might be too high, saying he "actually started to doubt that I was going to make it" as a result. A lower heart rate helps minimize oxygen consumption.

The previous record was 16 minutes and 32 seconds, set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records.

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  -17 minutes without breathing-NEW World Record underpants  Apr-30-08 12:58 PM   #0 
  - He did this on Oprah? How appropriate  turtlensue   Apr-30-08 01:00 PM   #1 
  - Call me chickenshit, but why would anyone WANT to break that world record?  KitchenWitch   Apr-30-08 01:00 PM   #2 
  - Only reason I can think of....  hvn_nbr_2   Apr-30-08 11:27 PM   #14 
  - Five more minutes and he would have fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams.  deucemagnet   Apr-30-08 01:06 PM   #3 
  - Bwahahaha  regularguy   Apr-30-08 01:12 PM   #4 
  - Brilliant! nm  dicksteele   May-01-08 12:09 AM   #17 
  - heh heh  Frank Cannon   May-01-08 06:02 AM   #20 
  - Must have been a boring show - 17 minutes of looking at a guy in an aquarium  petronius   Apr-30-08 01:12 PM   #5 
  - I'd bet anything he was  QMPMom   Apr-30-08 04:51 PM   #6 
  - I don't think so  Gilligan   Apr-30-08 04:53 PM   #7 
  - He was sucking down pure oxygen before the stunt.  DuStrange   Apr-30-08 04:58 PM   #9 
  - Perhaps he had a few EPO injections beforehand as well.  KitchenWitch   May-01-08 12:14 AM   #18 
  - The Guinness Book allows you to suck oxygen beforehand  Frank Cannon   May-01-08 06:04 AM   #21 
  - well the man is a professional magician  pitohui   May-01-08 02:06 PM   #24 
  - Hell, I can't even hold my breath for ONE minute. The "drowning" feeling gets too intense.  nomorenomore08   Apr-30-08 04:55 PM   #8 
  - One hell of a dream, holding one's breath...  HypnoToad   Apr-30-08 04:59 PM   #10 
  - Ewww... Did we really need that visual?  nomorenomore08   Apr-30-08 05:16 PM   #11 
  - What a douche  UndertheOcean   Apr-30-08 07:55 PM   #12 
  - was someone holding him under, if so i might watch.  chimpsrsmarter   Apr-30-08 07:59 PM   #13 
  - Well, when you don't have many brain cells to worry about losing... n/t  Mojambo   Apr-30-08 11:44 PM   #15 
  - That seems like a rather strange and pointless "lifelong dream".  sammythecat   Apr-30-08 11:57 PM   #16 
  - He's an illusionist.  MilesColtrane   May-01-08 12:39 AM   #19 
  - Call me the odd man out, here....  LynzM   May-01-08 08:56 AM   #22 
  - He is fucking freakish  Shine   May-01-08 11:33 AM   #23 

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