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David Blaine Sets New World Record By Holding Breath For 17 Minutes

David Blaine has set a new world record by holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, a feat that was shown live on Wednesday's episode of 'Oprah'.

Studio audience cheered as Blaine was pulled out of the 8-feet water-filled sphere, and said he had fulfilled what had been a "lifelong dream."

"I can't believe that I did that," he said, admitting he "actually started to doubt that I was going to make it" fearing his his heart rate may have been too high during the attempt to have to shot at the record.

The previous record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds was set earlier this year by Switzerland's Peter Colat.

Before he entered the sphere, the 35-year-old inhaled what is known as 'pure oxygen' through a mask to flush out carbon dioxide from his system for 23 minutes. Up to 30 minutes of "oxygen hyperventilation" is allowed, under Guinness' rules.

This was Blaine's second attempt at breaking a breath-holding record. In May 2006, as he tried to break the record without breathing pure oxygen beforehand for an attempt of that type, he became unconscious before breaking the record and began having convulsions.

Blaine told Oprah that his next goal was to break the record for staying awake the longest, which currently stands at 11 days.

May 1, 2008 |

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