Video: Daredevil Climbed 50-Story Crane in Brickell and Hung Off Edge by One Hand

On YouTube, the man in black goes by the handle DareDevilMagic_insane. For once, an online name isn't hyperbole.

Just watch his latest video, when the urban climber sneaks into a Brickell construction site, scales a 50-story crane, and dangles by one hand high over downtown Miami.

The video was shot in the past month by the man behind DareDevilMagic_insane, who declined to give New Times his real name because of the illegal nature of his adventures.

For the same reason, he declined to identify exactly where the crane is located -- "Though it's kind of obvious," he says.

The daredevil, a Florida native in his 20s, says the crane is the tallest structure he's ever climbed -- and that he views the effort as a test of mental strength.

"I used to be afraid of heights," he says. "I get that same feeling that you felt watching the video -- that vertigo, that nausea. But over time I learned to deal with it."

He's been climbing for years, he says, though documenting the climbs is relatively recent. Like many others, he says he watched in awe at the Russian daredevils whose video of their ascent above a Shanghai tower went viral last year.

"I saw that video, and at the time I thought I'd never be able to do something like that," he says. "But as I continued to practice, eventually I realized if you can hang from five feet above the ground, you can hang 500 feet over the ground. It's a mental challenge."

On YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter (both @DareDevilMagic_insane), he has documented himself climbing a 200-foot radio tower and a Dania Beach roller coaster.

But the Miami climb was his riskiest yet. He says he understands the stakes.

"It's dangerous, of course," he says. "But I trust myself and I know my limits. I'm pretty confident."

A Miami Police spokesman says the department isn't aware of the video and doesn't have a comment on it.

(H/T Reddit)


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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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