David Blaine ascends with giant helium balloons in latest stunt

YouTube Originals: "David Blaine Ascension"
YouTube Originals: "David Blaine Ascension"

American illusionist and extreme performer David Blaine sent himself flying above the Arizona desert using helium balloons for his latest stunt.

The 47-year-old was waved off by his daughter, Dessa, as he ascended from an airstrip in Page in scenes reminiscent of the 2009 Disney Pixar film Up!

Helium balloons lifted Blaine into the sky, while small weights were shed to take him higher.

He ascended to almost 25,000ft (7,620m) before releasing himself and then deploying a parachute.

"That was awesome!" he said as he landed back in the desert.