David Blaine Electrified: One Million Volts Always On

McLaren Engineering Group (McLaren) helped David Blaine with his latest feat of magic and endurance.

Pier 54 in downtown New York City hosted “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On”. The event featured David standing for 72 hours in the center of 1 million volts of electrical energy via seven Tesla Coils set to music. McLaren performed an analysis on various features for the event, as well as for the historic pier itself; working in association with Vice Media, the Guild, and StageCo.

McLaren worked to:

  • Develop a High Wind Action Plan and advised the production regarding operational procedures.
  • Analyze a 33 foot 6 inch diameter by 41 foot tall custom truss structure.
  • Perform a peer review of the surrounding StageCo structure and engineered ballast configurations, to safely distribute the load of the 70 ton roof on the decaying 100 year old pier.
  • Review Steeldeck viewing platforms with LED monitors and analyzed the structural connections for Tesla Coils, pipe sphere, and entry signage.

Click here to learn more about McLaren’s role on this project.