October 6, 2012 | 1:00 PM
The air was filled with anticipation on Pier 54 in New York City Friday night. Crowds of people who had waited outside the arched steel gate of the historic pier were anxious to see the opening of David Blaine's first performance in four years: ELECTRIFIED.
When David emerged clad in a specially designed Faraday suit and surrounded by his family and close friends, the teeming pier burst open into applause. David slowly walked towards the array of seven Tesla Coils that will spark high-voltage electricity around him for the next three days and three nights. He rose onto the 20-foot pedestal, and then it began.
One million volts poured forth from the coils and enwrapped David in crackling bolts of visible electricity. It was amazing.
Electrified's potential energy became kinetic. And the social energy, embodied in tweets from around the world, flowed like a torrent. With the help of the Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ David's feat of endurance was brought to the world.
The Cults and CREEP played on keyboards that controlled the Tesla coils. Not only did it look stunning, it sounded incredibly unique. Comedian Chris Rock, actor Woody Harrelson, Girls star Jemima Kirke, and other notable guests reveled in the sights and sounds of this amazing, clear, and beautiful night in New York City.
A few hours later, Tokyo and Sydney took control of the coils from Ultrabook stations at local live stream events. Friday night was only the beginning. But what a beginning it was.