David Blaine
American magician
David Blaine
David Blaine is an American illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has set and broken several world records.
Biography
David Blaine's personal information overview.
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Seth Meyers Mocks Michael Flynn With World's Shortest Highlight Reel
Huffington Post - 13 days
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Stunt gone wrong: David Blaine special airs showing magician shooting himself in the mouth
Fox News - about 2 months
Magician David Blaine can be seen on video nearly killing himself as he shoots a bullet into his own throat during a crazy stunt.
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David Blaine stuns Drake, Chappelle and Curry
CNN - 3 months
Magician David Blaine stuns celebrities Drake, Dave Chappelle and Stephen Curry with an unusual magic trick.
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11 DIY Election-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas (Because 2016)
Huffington Post - 5 months
@FuckedUpElection U up? It's October and we all know what that means: pumpkin spiced everything, lots and lots of cuffing, and of course, Halloween. If you're like most, then searching for that perfect costume causes you a good deal of stress. While the 2016 election has been all kinds of messed up, at least it has provided us with a handful of great costume ideas. Now you, too, can bring home some of the greatest moments from the election. Check out these 11 election-themed DIY costumes. Together we can make Halloween great again. 1) HILLARY CLINTON'S SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY Embed from Getty Images From the beginning it was clear that the Clinton campaign was going to focus on reaching millennials. From selfies to snapchat to emoji-filled tweets, Clinton and her team met millennials on their own turf: Social media. Whether you found it to be successful or unauthentic, any time you can incorporate the poop emoji into a costume is a win in my eyes. What you'll ne ...
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I have achieved hot dog enlightenment, time travel, and am one with everything (hold the mustard)
Huffington Post - 8 months
On July 4th, 2016 on stage at the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest's 100th anniversary, I achieved enlightenment by eating the singular perfect garlicky natural-casing wiener nestled in a spongy bun. This Holy Grail of hot dogs was a century in the making and the totem that tore a rip in the time/space continuum and opened my gateway to Nirvana. Around me my fellow Major League Eaters ate astronomical amounts of HDBs (hot dogs and buns) in ten minutes, pushing the physiological limits of human consumption while I ate but one. That one, however, turned my stomach into a flux capacitor and allowed my enteric brain (neurons that governs the function of the gastrointestinal system - the cerebral gut) to journey to a mystical destination: Nirvana. I am one with everything and used no condiments. On the back of each eaters' jersey is their personal best in HDBs but my jersey's number reformed into the infinity symbol. As an added bonus to achieving enlightenment, unlike pr ...
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'Excuse Me, While I Eat The Sky' - I Eat Hot Dogs On Top Of Wonder Wheel
Huffington Post - 8 months
Coney Island is a magical historic place that is close to my heart, my soul, and especially my stomach. I am celebrating my fifteenth year as a Major League Eater July 4th on stage at the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest as Nathan's celebrates it's 100th year. How often in life does one's stomach not only be a part of the collective digestive history of our country, but also eat something a century in the making? I honestly don't know what I will feel, either in my enteric or cranium bound brain, but I predict a sense of being one with everything. Ida and Nathan Handwerker opened their Nathan's hot dog stand on the corner of Stillwell and Surf Ave as their belief of "making it" in America -- they undercut the competitors wiener prices and charged 5 cents a dog for their secret spiced frankfurter. Today, Nathan's Famous is a behemoth corporation eternally linked to July 4th because of Major League Eating. I get to quaff one of their natural casing wieners a century la ...
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Magic-Trick Apps to Unleash Your Inner David Blaine
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
So you want to be a digital magician? These spellbinding apps for iPhone and Android smartphones can help you master the art of illusion.
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Magic-Trick Apps to Unleash Your Inner David Blaine
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
So you want to be a digital magician? These spellbinding apps for iPhone and Android smartphones can help you master the art of illusion.
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That Secretive Club You've Feared Runs The World Is Real, And Hilarious
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Oct. 29, a group of roughly 100 rich and powerful people gathered at the upscale restaurant Tao in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to discuss global domination. The closed-door, members-only meeting was attended by pop culture celebrities and company presidents, CEOs and CMOs. Questlove, David Blaine, Steve Aoki and Janelle Monáe were all present, as were Levi's president James Curleigh and Vice Media's president Andrew Creighton. Senior representatives of Red Bull, Spotify, GoPro, Citibank, American Express, Hershey and Tinder were just a few major brands there. An ambitious man named Roman Tsunder had gathered the formidable group, who together represented an organization that counts influential figures including the Dalai Lama and Tony Hawk among its members. The point of this meeting was partially to please, yes, but also to figure out how to take on the world, as underlined by the organization's name "PTTOW!," or "Plan to Take On the World!" (Exclamation theirs.) ...
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That Secretive Club You've Feared Runs The World Is Real, And Hilarious
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Oct. 29, a group of roughly 100 rich and powerful people gathered at the upscale restaurant Tao in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to discuss global domination. The closed-door, members-only meeting was attended by pop culture celebrities and company presidents, CEOs and CMOs. Questlove, David Blaine, Steve Aoki and Janelle Monáe were all present, as were Levi's president James Curleigh and Vice Media's president Andrew Creighton. Senior representatives of Red Bull, Spotify, GoPro, Citibank, American Express, Hershey and Tinder were just a few major brands there. An ambitious man named Roman Tsunder had gathered the formidable group, who together represented an organization that counts influential figures including the Dalai Lama and Tony Hawk among its members. The point of this meeting was partially to please, yes, but also to figure out how to take on the world, as underlined by the organization's name "PTTOW!," or "Plan to Take On the World!" (Exclamation theirs.) ...
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Soccer Player's Levitating-Ball Trick Will Get A Rise Out Of You
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Soccer player Cesar Martinez celebrated his recent goal in Venezuela's Primera Division by going all David Blaine on us. Watch the athlete, surrounded by his Zamora teammates, appear to levitate the ball. via GIPHY Here's another video look: What is this sorcery?! Cesar Martinez celebrates his goal by making the ball levitate... pic.twitter.com/XvmP2j7I2G — BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) October 27, 2015 As many publications are wondering: How did he do this? Sleight of hand? Some other deception? Or is it .... via GIPHY WITCHCRAFT? Happy Halloween. H/T The Big Lead Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519193941&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false& ...
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Soccer Player's Levitating-Ball Trick Will Get A Rise Out Of You
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Soccer player Cesar Martinez celebrated his recent goal in Venezuela's Primera Division by going all David Blaine on us. Watch the athlete, surrounded by his Zamora teammates, appear to levitate the ball. via GIPHY Here's another video look: What is this sorcery?! Cesar Martinez celebrates his goal by making the ball levitate... pic.twitter.com/XvmP2j7I2G — BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) October 27, 2015 As many publications are wondering: How did he do this? Sleight of hand? Some other deception? Or is it .... via GIPHY WITCHCRAFT? Happy Halloween. H/T The Big Lead Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519193941&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false& ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Blaine
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    He has performed privately for a number of celebrities and world leaders, and performed magic alongside Michael Jackson. He gave a TED talk in 2013, describing his Guinness World Record of oxygen-assisted static apnea.
    More Details Hide Details Blaine has one half-brother. Blaine and Alizee Guinochet have one daughter, Dessa, born on January 26, 2011. At the time that Guinochet went into labor, there was a massive blizzard where they lived in New York. Due to the intense weather, no cars or taxis were on the road, so Blaine had to hail a snowplow, which transported the couple to the hospital.
    Blaine starred in a 90-minute ABC television special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, on November 19, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The special featured Blaine performing magic for celebrities and public figures. Real or Magic achieved a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 age bracket, and posted the best numbers in the 9:30 - 11:00 pm time slot for ABC's 2013 season. Blaine makes an annual visit to perform at children's hospitals and burn units in the US and elsewhere, including Spofford, Bridges, Horizon, and Crossroads. He has performed at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children diagnosed with serious illnesses, and led 100 children on a shopping spree funded by Target and selected by The Salvation Army. On January 15, 2010, Blaine performed "Magic for Haiti" in Times Square, a performance lasting 72 hours which raised nearly for Haiti earthquake relief.
  • 2012
    Age 38
    On October 5, 2012, Blaine began performing a 72-hour endurance stunt called Electrified: One Million Volts Always On atop a 22-foot high pillar on Pier 54 in New York City, which was streamed live on YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details During the stunt, Blaine stood on the pillar surrounded by seven Tesla coils producing an electric discharge of one million volts or more continuously. The coils were directed at Blaine for the entirety of the endurance stunt, during which he did not eat or sleep. He wore of gear, including a chainmail Faraday suit, designed to prevent electrical current from traveling through the body. John Belcher, a physics professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reportedly said, “He has a conducting suit, all the current is going through the suit, nothing through his body. There is no danger in this that I see." At night, Blaine shivered uncontrollably from the inclement weather. The New York Times published an article describing the science behind Blaine’s stunt. Members of the public were able to control the pattern of electric current by accessing screens, and musicians Pharrell Williams and Andrew W.K. performed solos on a keyboard which controlled the electric discharge.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    On September 18, 2008, Donald Trump and Blaine announced his latest feat, The Upside Down Man, in which he planned to hang upside down without a safety net for 60 hours.
    More Details Hide Details On September 22, Blaine began his stunt Dive of Death, hanging over Wollman Rink in Central Park and interacting with fans by lowering himself upside down. He pulled himself up to drink fluid and restore normal circulation. Reportedly, Blaine risked blindness and other maladies in the stunt. He was widely criticized when, only hours into the endurance challenge, he was seen standing on a waiting crane platform, not upside down as expected. During the stunt, he came down once an hour for a medical check and to use the bathroom. Blaine came down from the platform on a cable, and lightly touched the stage. He was then pulled back up into the air, and, in the words of the Daily News, "hung in the air like a sack of potatoes with a goofy grin on his face, occasionally kicking his legs as though he were running." The plan had been for Blaine to be pulled up into the air by helium balloons and disappear into the atmosphere. Blaine attributed the problem to changes in weather conditions that occurred after the stunt was delayed due to an address by President Bush.
    Blaine appeared on the April 30, 2008 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for oxygen assisted static apnea, following his failure to break the then-current record of unassisted static apnea in his previous attempt Drowned Alive.
    More Details Hide Details The previous record was set by Peter Colat of Switzerland on February 10, 2008. Before entering the water tank, Blaine spent 23 minutes inhaling pure oxygen. Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds, surpassing Colat's previous mark of 16 minutes 32 seconds. This record stood for almost four and a half months, until surpassed by Tom Sietas on September 19, 2008.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    On November 21, 2006, Blaine began his Revolution stunt, where he was shackled to a rotating gyroscope for 16 hours without food or water.
    More Details Hide Details Blaine ended the stunt 52 hours later.
    On May 1, 2006, Blaine began his Drowned Alive stunt, which lasted seven days and involved a submersion in an diameter, water-filled sphere containing isotonic saline in front of the Lincoln Center in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the stunt, Blaine attempted to free himself from handcuffs and chains after exiting the sphere. After the stunt, Blaine entered into an agreement with researchers at Yale University to monitor him in order to study the human physiological reaction to prolonged submersion.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    On September 5, 2003, Blaine began an endurance stunt in which he was sealed inside a transparent Plexiglas case.
    More Details Hide Details The case was suspended in the air next to Potters Fields Park on the south bank of the River Thames in London, and measured by by. A webcam was installed inside the case so that viewers could observe his progress. The stunt lasted 44 days, during which Blaine drank of water per day and did not eat. The stunt was the subject of public interest and media attention, The Times reported that "1,614 articles in the British press have made reference to the exploit." Then U.S. President George W. Bush referred to Blaine’s stunt in a speech at the Whitehall Palace in London, saying, "The last noted American to visit London stayed in a glass box dangling over the Thames. A few might have been happy to provide similar arrangements for me." A number of spectators threw food and other items towards the box, including eggs, paint-filled balloons and golf balls, according to The Times. A hamburger was flown up to the box by a remote-controlled helicopter as a taunt. The Evening Standard reported that one man was arrested for attempting to cut the cable supplying water to Blaine's box.
  • 2002
    Age 28
    Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic by David Blaine was published on October 29, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The book is an autobiography and armchair treasure hunt with instructions on performing magic tricks. The treasure hunt was created by game designer Cliff Johnson and solved by Sherri Skanes on March 20, 2004.
    On May 22, 2002, a crane lifted Blaine onto a high and wide pillar in Bryant Park, New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He was not harnessed to the pillar, although there were two retractable handles on either side of him to grasp in the event of harsh weather. He remained on the pillar for 35 hours. He ended the feat by jumping down onto a landing platform made out of a high pile of cardboard boxes and suffered a mild concussion.
  • 2000
    Age 26
    On November 27, 2000, Blaine performed a stunt called Frozen in Time, which was covered on a TV special.
    More Details Hide Details Blaine was shown encased in a large block of ice located in Times Square, New York City. He was lightly dressed and appeared to be shivering even before the blocks of ice were placed around him. A tube supplied him with air and water while his urine was removed with another tube. He was encased in the box of ice for 63 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds before being removed with chain saws. The ice was transparent and resting on an elevated platform to show that he was actually inside the ice the entire time. He was removed from the ice and taken to a hospital due to fears he might be going into shock. The New York Times reported, "The magician who emerged from the increasingly unstable ice box seemed a shadow of the confident, robust, shirtless fellow who entered two days before." Blaine later said it took a month to fully recover and that he had no plans to attempt a stunt of this difficulty in the future. In 2010, a magician from Israel named Hezi Dean broke Blaine's record when he was encased in a block of ice for 66 hours.
  • 1999
    Age 25
    On April 5, 1999, Blaine was entombed in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days, across from Trump Place on 68th St. and Riverside Drive, as part of a stunt titled "Buried Alive".
    More Details Hide Details According to CNN, "Blaine's only communication to the outside world was by a hand buzzer, which could have alerted an around-the-clock emergency crew standing by." BBC News reported that the plastic coffin had of headroom and on each side. During the endurance stunt Blaine did not eat and drank only of water a day. An estimated 75,000 people visited the site, including Marie Blood, Harry Houdini's niece, who said, "My uncle did some amazing things, but he could not have done this." On the final day of the stunt, April 12, hundreds of news teams were stationed at the site for the coffin-opening. A team of construction workers removed a portion of the of gravel surrounding the deep coffin before a crane lifted the water tank. Blaine emerged and told the crowd, "I saw something very prophetic … a vision of every race, every religion, every age group banding together, and that made all this worthwhile." BBC News stated, "The 26-year-old magician has outdone his hero, Harry Houdini, who had planned a similar feat but died in 1926 before he could perform it."
  • 1997
    Age 23
    On May 19, 1997, Blaine's first television special, David Blaine: Street Magic aired on ABC. "It really, really does break new ground," said Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller.
    More Details Hide Details When asked about his performance style, Blaine explained, “I'd like to bring magic back to the place it used to be 100 years ago.”' Time magazine commented, "His deceptively low-key, ultracool manner leaves spectators more amazed than if he'd razzle-dazzled." In Magic Man, Blaine is shown traveling across the country, entertaining unsuspecting pedestrians in Atlantic City, Compton, Dallas, the Mojave Desert, New York City, and San Francisco, recorded by a small crew with handheld cameras. Jon Racherbaumer commented: "Make no mistake about it, the focus of this show, boys and girls, is not Blaine. It is really about theatrical proxemics; about the show-within-a-show and the spontaneous, visceral reactions of people being astonished." USA Today called Blaine the "hottest name in magic right now".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on April 4, 1973.
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