3. "David Blaine: Dive of Death," ABC. The hype: In his latest stunt, David Blaine would hang upside down from a wire for 60 hours above Wollman Rink in New York City’s Central Park, then take a death-defying leap from the wire. The reality: Throughout the 60 hours, Blaine took frequent breaks to stand upright, drink water, and have medical checkups; the dive itself, occurring live at the end of a two-hour telecast, was a anticlimactic flop at the end of what looked like the world's least-bouncy bungee cord, after which Blaine was yanked off into the darkness, presumably so he could avoid network executives demanding their money back.

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