Yes, that’s correct. David Blaine, the magician and entertainer, has come to the realization that his audience just isn’t up to speed on the fundamentals of science. It is what he is substituting for “magic” these days apparently. (No offense, David. I love your street magic.)
His latest ‘death-defying” feat performed this weekend in NYC is to stand on a 20 foot tower for 72 hours while being zapped constantly by 1,000,000 volts of electricity.
Sadly, the real trick here is standing on a 20 foot tower for three days without sleep or potty breaks or any other kind of breaks. Props for that. The 1,000,000 volts of electricity? Meh.
The thing is it could be a billion volts of electricity and it wouldn’t matter for a two reasons:
1) Voltage isn’t what kills you. It’s amperes (amps) that kill. In fact, anything over 0.1 amps is considered lethal. So while a million volts my sound scary, it has no relevance on the danger of the situation.
2) Mr. Blaine is wearing a Faraday Suit the entire time. The suits, sometimes worn by linemen in high-voltage situations, cancel out the charge inside the suit so the wearer is not harmed by the charge outside the suit.
So barring a rainstorm or that Mr. Blaine wets himself during the performance, there really is no huge danger to him. This is less “magic” and more a “cool physics demonstration.”