At First I Was All, 'Really, David Blaine?' But By The Time He Started Crying, I Was A Fan.

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Magician David Blaine believes anything is possible. And no matter what you think of his history of "crazy" stunts, believing that anything is possible isn’t a bad way to live your life.

Here, David tells the fascinating and entertaining story about the training for his 2008 breath-holding stunt, which ended up being “the most amazing journey of [his] life.”

Here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss:

At 8:24, see before and after shots of David’s 50-pounds-in-3-months weight loss, which was required for this feat. Dang. At 10:59, he calls on everyone’s favorite hero for her help. At 12:23, you hear about his first big success at breath-holding … and learn who was decidedly unimpressed with this accomplishment. Then, around 17:26, he shares the surprising urge he had 14 minutes into his 17-minute breath hold. Finally, at 19:38, David gets seriously choked up and gives us all a sense of how emotional it can be to live your dreams.

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ORIGINAL: By David Blaine for TED. For some very interesting background on how David prepared to give this speech — which he says is “the scariest thing he’d ever tried” — check out Lisa Shufro’s HuffPo article.

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