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Never again, Blaine tells CNN

Blaine is coming towards the end of his 44-day stunt.

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Illusionist David Blaine nears the end of his 44-day stunt.
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Illusionist David Blaine, who has been suspended in a glass box in London since September 5, has told CNN he is "unlikely to do anything like it again."

The American illusionist spoke to CNN's Robyn Curnow Monday via audio link from his box on the banks of the River Thames.

"This whole thing has been so much more difficult than anything else I have ever done ... And I don't think I can do anything like this again," he said.

"It's been really cold, and when you are starving your body only produces one-third of its heat. It's been 40 degrees some nights. It's really hard to sit, and all of my muscles are really weak."

And Blaine denied that the stunt was an illusion. "No, I am really here doing what I said I was going to do," he said.

While thousands of fans, including former Beatles member Paul McCartney, have flocked to see him, some have hurled abuse.

Blaine has had hamburgers, bacon sandwiches, eggs, golf balls and even paint bombs thrown at him. A man who tried to sabotage his water supply on September 16 was fined 1,000 ($1,660) for causing criminal damage.

Others have tried to keep him awake by beating drums nearby, barbecues have been lit to torment him, and some have bared breasts and buttocks at him.

He said: "That was in the beginning and it was a little scary, but it's to be expected.

"I have never decided to do anything for this length of time. Here, basically I am a human being on display to all kinds at all times."

Asked whether he would finish the 44-day stunt, due to end Sunday, Blaine said: "I don't know, I am just climbing a mountain and trying to get the top. God willing, I sure will."

Asked what the most amazing thing was about being up there, he said: "The faces, the moon, the sun, the rainbows, the clouds, everything."

Police say Blaine will be asked to pay the considerable cost of policing the act once it ends.

Blaine fattened himself up to more than 205 pounds before entering the box and hoped to survive on his own body fat. He told CNN he expected to lose around 35 pounds.

This is his first stunt outside the United States.

In May 2002, he stood atop a 24-meter high flagpole, also 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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