David Blaine
- Levitation -
'Can I show you somthing that trancends the mind ?' - David Blaine

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


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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 him self 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 real 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, theyjumped 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 somthing that trancends the mind ?'

'I have the ability to bring people to a place where you belive, 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.'


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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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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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