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Turns out holding you breath for longer than any human on the planet, ever in recorded history has its perks. David Blaine will be a speaker at the upcoming TEDMED conference. An offshoot of the wildly popular TED conferences which mix equal parts brilliance and brevity, this version will focus on medical advances and musings.

Blaine’s talk will be entitled “Why Will I Talk For Only 17 Minutes 4.4 Seconds?” He will presumably answer his titular question. The following is from his TEDMED bio:

During the interview with Oprah Winfrey after coming out of the sphere, Blaine stated: “I really thought I was not going to make it.” He also claimed that he had managed it by staying in a meditative state which was helped by the stage lights reflecting off the sphere. According to Blaine, besides the pressure of performing on television, the heart-rate monitor happened to be close enough to his ear so that he heard its beeping, and he had to keep his feet locked in holds at the bottom of the sphere — instead of just floating freely, as he did in the pool on Grand Cayman months earlier.

Congratulations to Blaine. Also, we offer an uncomfortably long tip of the cap to Jumpin’ Joe Hadsell of the Ellusionist blog for finding this.

  • ID4

    Don't be so swift with your cap tipping as Joe Hadsell rarely fact checks, if at all.

    As Tom Seitas is actually the only human on the planet who can hold his breath longer than anyone, ever in recorded history. Tom Seitas beat David Blaine's record by 15 seconds.

    -http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2008/09/19/tom-sietas-holds-breath-for-17-minutes-breaks-david-blaines-wo/

  • http://iTricks.com/news JustinRYoung

    Well played, ID4. The opening line hyperbole was my flourish. So Joe
    still gets tipped.

    I'll correct it. Thanks!

  • http://iTricks.com/news JustinRYoung

    Well played, ID4. The opening line hyperbole was my flourish. So Joe

    still gets tipped.

    I'll correct it. Thanks!