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(CNN) -- David Blaine said Wednesday night that if he saw someone locked in a box and suspended above London, England -- as he was for 44 days -- he might "throw an egg at him."

In his first television interview since his starvation stunt ended, he told CNN's Larry King that he understands why some people reacted negatively to his feat.

"For a lot of people it's boring," Blaine said. "It's a guy sitting in a box."

Blaine completed his 44-day starvation stunt October 19 and immediately went to a private hospital for care. During the performance he drank only water for sustenance and lost 54 pounds (24.5 kilograms).

"The dangerous part isn't the starving part," he said. "But the refeeding is where all the danger is -- the worst part."

His first bite of food, he said, was a handful of potato chips leftover from a friend's visit several days after emerging from the box.

Skeptics have suggested Blaine was being given more than water and may even have received nutrition from a coating on his box. But Blaine's team said the stunt was genuine.

Blaine reiterated Wednesday that his feat was not an illusion. He described it as an "endurance performance."

He said all of the staff required for the performance were hired by two British television stations and no one signed a confidentiality agreement.

Because of the skepticism, Blaine said he can understand that people found the feat unusual. And if he came across someone performing the same stunt, he said he would react the way many Londoners did.

"Number one, I would have a tough time believing it," he said. "If I was in a bad mood, I'd throw an egg at him."

The stunt captivated Londoners, with huge crowds gathering every day at Tower Bridge.

Some threw eggs and golf balls at Blaine, others held barbecues underneath his box and one man was fined after trying to sabotage his water supply.

Others bared their breasts and buttocks at him while some banged drums to keep him awake at night.

"This gay parade came and they threw sausages," Blaine told King while they both stood in his box.

Blaine admitted he was a little surprised by the heckling but said to keep his mind occupied he focused on "the good things."

"For every guy who would throw an egg there would be 100 people waving," Blaine said.

In the final week, taunts were largely replaced by encouraging shouts and handwritten signs stuck along the fence around the riverside enclosure.

It was Blaine's first stunt outside the United States. In May 2002, he stood on a 24-meter high flagpole in New York for 35 hours without a safety net.

In November 2000, Blaine encased himself in a six-ton block of ice in New York City's Times Square for 58 hours.

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