Wacky illusionist David Blaine will be guarded by a larger team of security staff, in a bid to prevent pranksters ruining his 44 day stint in a Perspex box above London's River Thames.

The magician - who is just over one week into his quest to survive without food - has been bombarded with missiles and chants over the weekend (13/14SEP03), something he's been forced to endure since he entered his tiny transparent home on 5 September (03).

And now it seems his tormentors are getting the better of him.

An aide says, "He has been a little stressed by these people hurling things. So just to make him feel more secure we have ordered more security."

15/09/2003 02:52