An Electrifying Experience

Much like the work we did at Radio City Music Hall, James Thomas Engineering recently had the opportunity to work alongside Pook Diemont &Ohl, Inc. on another exciting project. In fact, it was downright electrifying!

For those of you who are unfamiliar,
David Blaine is an accomplished and admired American illusionist and endurance artist. Some of his most notable stunts include surviving 63 hours inside a block of ice, spending 7 days and 7 nights in a water-filled sphere and lasting six weeks without food while being suspended over the Thames River in a glass box. However, it was his latest performance that had people all over the world standing on edge, and we were honored to have contributed to it!


On Saturday, October 6, 2012 on a pier in Hudson River Park in New York City, David Blaine took it to the next level by performing a stunt called, “Electrified”. While standing on a 20-foot-high pillar for 72 hours straight, without food or sleep, Blaine endured a million volts of electricity traveling around his body through numerous Tesla coils. The structure that both surrounded Blaine and supported these coils was built right here at James Thomas Engineering by our expert truss manufacturers.

After climbing the trusses and positioning himself at the center of the structure, millions of people watched as David Blaine tempted fate yet again. Witnessing an event such as this was priceless in and of itself, but knowing that
James Thomas Engineering was able to be a part of it is what makes it truly unforgettable!