David Blaine
- Levitation -

'Can I show you something that transcends the mind ?'
- David Blaine -

David Blaine - Levitation
FROM: David Blaine Street Magic - ABC TV Show

Suspended Gyroscope Stunt - Nov 21st-24th, 2006
David Blaine Hangs Out In Times Square

Magician David Blaine is at it again. This time he’s putting on a spectacle for New York’s Thanksgiving crowd. Blaine will spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday spinning 40 feet in the air above Times Square inside a giant gyroscope.

At 10AM on November 21, Blaine will be hoisted by crane 40 feet above the ground on West 46th Street near Eighth Avenue. He will spin continuously in all directions. There will be no barriers to protect him from elements like wind, rain, snow or freezing temperatures.

Blaine's challenge is to escape from the gyroscope by Friday at 5AM to make it to the Target 2-Day Sale where he will escort 100 deserving kids chosen by The Salvation Army on a shopping spree.

Stunt Description and Photos

Aquarium Stunt - ABC-TV: May 8, 2006
David Blaine is back with an upcoming 2-Hour TV special that will air in Prime-Time on Monday, May 8, 2006 on ABC at 8pm-10pm EDT. He will apparently live in an 8-foot diameter acrylic aquarium for seven days ( May 1 to May 8 ) in front of Lincoln Center in New York City, and then attempt to break the record for holding one’s breath underwater.

ABC-TV News - Stunt Description

May 8th - Blaine surfaced for a short time after 177 hours of being submerged in the aquarium. He then resubmerged - shackled in 150 pounds of chains holding his breath - Blaine managed to reach 7 minutes and 8 seconds before his safety divers noticed major problems and quickly pulled him up to the surface. Blaine is said to have suffered liver and kidney problems - hopefully of a temporary nature. All in all - An incredible feat of endurance !!!

ABC-TV News - Stunt Aftermath

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Levitation is a phenomenon of psychokinesis (PK) in which objects, people, and animals are lifted into the air without any visible physical means, and float or fly about.   The phenomenon has been said to have occurred in mediumship, shamanism, trances, mystical rapture, etc.   Some cases of levitation appear to be almost spontaneous, while spiritual or mystical adepts are said to be able to control it consciously.

Street Magician: David Blaine
David Blaine was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 4, 1973. Encouraged by his mother, Patrie White, he became a master of magic. At the age of four, he saw a magician perform magic in a subway and he decided to get his first trick from a Disney shop, the pencil through the card. At ten his family moved to Jerseyville, New Jersey, He began to get interested in acting as a teen. He traveled to Manhattan everyday to go to an acting school he attended. He did a few commercials and small appearances on soap operas.

When he was 16, he LEVITATED for his doctor who immediately took him in for examination. At 17, he moved back to New York by himself and lived in Hell's Kitchen, a place which quickly tests your mettle.

David started performing at rich parties. He performed to people such as Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Geffen, Mike Tyson and Madonna. He became good friends with Robert De Niro and Leonardo De Caprio.

He made a tape of his magic and sent it in to ABC. They were astonished and requested an interview. When they saw his magic first-hand, they jumped at the chance to make a special. David produced David Blaine: Street Magic. The special reaired September 14, 1997. David Blaine has been in some other specials including Oprah Summer Magic and Late-Night with Conan O'Brien.

On April 5, 1999, David Blaine Buried himself Alive for a week under six feet of Plexiglas tank filled with 4000 pounds of water, an attempt no other magician has tried, to promote his new special: David Blaine - Magic Man. After he got out, he was on Conan again, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Apparently he lost 24lbs. Even Regis mentioned him on his show. Houdini's granddaughter approved it.

While in his glass coffin, he outlined a new publicity stunt for his next special. The stunt turned out to be freezing himself within a 6-ton block of ice in New York City on November 27, 28, and 29, in the year 2000. He withstood 62 hours within the ice block, but was visibly shaken, emotionally and physically.

On Tuesday May 21, 2002, at about noon, David climbed a 80 foot pillar in Bryant Park in the City of New York. The platform on the top was 22 inches in diameter. Two low-level handholds were installed for safety in case David was subjected to extra-powerful gusts of wind. Towards the end of the day on Wednesday May 22, 2002, work crews built-up a carefully designed pile of cardboard boxes on one side of the pillar. Just before 11pm that night, David jumped from the platform onto the boxes and was then extracted from the pile by the work crews. The total time David spent on the pillar was over 34 hours.

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David Blaine Quotes:

'Can I show you something that transcends the mind ?'

'I have the ability to bring people to a place where they believe.'

'If you can read people, you know the cards they take.'

'When I do magic, people give reasons why they believe I do it. They are usually wrong. The reason I do it is for the wonder. For me, wonder is the greatest feeling that there is. So, what I do is create a moment with the absence of the outside world in which we are living...a moment of truth where there is no BS.....a moment where we are not worried about who is mad at who and who is fighting who, what race they are....what creed. And magic strips that away. I just want to be someone who inspires people to feel that for one moment.'

David Blaine Interview:

REF: http://groups.msn.com/DavidBlaineMagicMan

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'Is it true you're planning to be thrown off Tower Bridge in London in chains ?'
Verity Brown, Edinburgh
'Yes, I'm going to be weighted down with lead boots and heavy chains and then released, hopefully into the Thames. If I don't surface within seven minutes, I'll have proved I'm not a witch.'

'Is it true you're planning a trick where someone shoots you? If so, where will they be aiming and what are your chances of survival ?'
Tom Schmidt, Barking
'Yes, I do plan on taking a bullet. Over 100 magicians have died trying this stunt – Houdini backed out of doing it because he didn't want to risk dying. So they will be aiming wherever gives me my highest chance of survival.'

'You've been quoted as saying that Jesus was a magician. Which of his miracles could you recreate ?'
Ed Curtis, Hove
'Returning from the dead.'

'What is the greatest magic trick ever performed ?'
Christine McDonald, Salford
'Returning from the dead.'

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'For those who believe,
No explantation is necessary.
For those who do not,
None will suffice.'
- Dunninger -

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Excellent Links to David Blaine Info:
David Blaine's Official Web Site

David Blaine Magic Man - Message Boards

About.com list of David Blaine Links

MSN Group - Forum

Magic Directory's Web Page on David Blaine

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Mysterious Stranger : A Book of Magic

Chapter 1 --- For Those Who Believe

For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not,
none will suffice. - Dunniniger Chapter 2 --- Discovery Of Magic The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. - Albert Einstein Chapter 3 --- The Three Magi If this is magic, let it be an art. - William Shakespeare Chapter 4 --- Secrets Of The Cards Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceieve!
- Sir Walter Scott Chapter 5 --- Confidence Careful attention to one thing often proves superior to genius. - Cicero Chapter 6 --- Playing The Part Of A Magician I began revolution with eighty-two men. If I had [to] do it again, I would do it
with ten or fifteen and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are
if you have faith and a plan of action. - Fidel Castro Chapter 7 --- The Man Ain't Right Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable,
but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is
equally unattainable. - Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz Chapter 8 --- Primitive Mysteries Everyone wants to "understand" art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird?
- Pablo Picasso Chapter 9 --- Ehrich Weiss It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. - Franz Kafka Chapter 10 --- The Premature Burial To be buried alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of....extremes.....
We know of nothing so agonizing upon Earth. - Edgar Allan Poe Chapter 11 --- Frozen In Time I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he would die for,
he isn't fit to live. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapter 12 --- Vertigo When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute.
But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it's longer than an hour.
That's relativity. - Albert Einstein

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