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Magician gives himself the cold shoulder . . .

Illusionist David Blaine, who buried himself alive for a week in an underground plastic coffin last year, plans to encase himself in a block of ice for more than two days near Manhattan's Times Square.

Starting on Monday, the 27-year-old said he will be encased in a six-tonne block of ice for 58 hours on Broadway at West 44th Street with a tube running in providing air and water. "I ask well-wishers to lend me their warmth and support by visiting and touching the block of ice in which I will be frozen."

Publicists say two halves of the block of ice with Blaine's body contour cut into it will close around him and be welded together. They say Blaine would be wearing only a pair of pants and boots to protect himself. AP

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