Blaine Breaks Breath-Holding Record on 'Oprah'

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David Blaine — who is described as an endurance specialist — set a world record on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Blaine says he inhaled pure oxygen before he started, and then held his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. When he broke the record, with half a minute to spare, he said he accomplished a lifelong dream.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Watching paint dry may not be exciting, but watching somebody hold his breath makes gripping television. David Blaine - who's described as an endurance specialist - set a new world record. He did it on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Blaine says he inhaled pure oxygen before he started, and then he held his breath for 17 minutes and four seconds. When he broke the record, with half a minute to spare, he said he accomplished a lifelong dream.

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