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This ruins the whole stunt.
The article says he takes a break once an hour, where he pees, gets a medical check-up, and gets his head above his heart. I'm gonna assume all that takes about 5 minutes. That takes 5 minutes off of 60 hours, or 300 minutes. So he's only upside-down for 55 hours, not 60. Lame.
The whole hanging upside down thing seems more like buildup for the 2 hour special and his secret ending than anything...it was a good way to garner publicity for the show (and it's working...everything he does is being talked about; and whether good or bad publicity, people will likely watch anyway because they've heard some stuff about him and they want to see what all the fuss is about).
And yeah, it would be really tough on the body...I'd respect him less if he was too careless and put his body through something that nobody's body can really handle.
Bottom line: It was a bad, misleading story for a lot of reasons. The reporter didn't do his homework-- wait, what am I talking about? It's not even bylined. That's not a good thing. I'm a reporter for a major daily newspaper, and if I posted a story like that, I'd get written up. Or at least slapped in the face.
You think NBC is harsh to magicians? FOX aired the Masked Magician specials, a FOX affiliate busted Criss Angel during his implosion stunt, and now this.