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Topic: Blaine on 20/20 Tonight
Message: Posted by: Magique Hands (May 17, 2002 05:30PM)
David Blaine is scheduled to appear on ABC's 20/20 program tonight 5/17/20. Check your local listings for times. The guide says 9:00pm/10:00pm.

His Vertigo stunt is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd.

- - Troy
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (May 19, 2002 08:34AM)
Was this any good - anyone got a review?


Message: Posted by: JBmagic (May 19, 2002 04:12PM)
It was pretty much just a quick recap of the upcoming stunt. A very fast "look back" on his first 2 shows, and a little bit of the "tech" side of the new stunt, from a stuntmans perspective.

I think that was about it, it wasn't anything memorable.

The 20/20 crew climbed the "practice pole" and took a shot of the ground from up there, it was pretty high... but then again I am afraid of heights ;)
Message: Posted by: mrbungle (May 20, 2002 05:20PM)
I'm really curious what he is up to. sounds impossible. He's gonna stand on that pole and than jump 109 feet down on cardboard boxes? Ok. Well...eh..pick a card. :fruity:
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (May 20, 2002 05:56PM)
Blaine is nuts. I mean, would you ever do stunts like that? :fruity: :fruity: :fruity:
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (May 21, 2002 01:29PM)
I think I'll stick to summoning a sea serpent to occupy Lake Washington here in the Seattle area.

Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (May 21, 2002 04:32PM)
Apparently he took his heart out on Carson Daly last night and they wouldn't air it because it was too graphic... my type of effect!!!
Message: Posted by: WindsorWizard (May 21, 2002 09:19PM)
Hey, I once tried walking on water but got all wet... it wasn't frozen enough... seriously though, you've got to give him credit. It takes guts to be different and get everyone to recognise that fact... so they remember you.

Eh... remember that the Great Houdini was not really the greatest magician of all time, but with his enthusiasm to get the best press, it sure appeared that he was the king!

We may not agree with or approve of the material that Blaine is using, but he is getting the exposure without EXPOSURE! Yup, got to give him credit... we sometimes get dizzy just looking down at our shoes. You'd probably get a bit woozy looking at them too, but I've got to wear them, and really it's a good thing too, because it is one thing that my young audience members remember... Jonathon T. Wizard and his FUNNY SHOES!

However, I do hope that suitable warnings are screened for parents with youngsters who tend to be somewhat fearless these days. We don't need any Blaine WannaBees, regardless of age, nursing broken limbs do we?
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (May 22, 2002 03:50AM)
I think if any Blaine WannaBes tried to copy his vertigo stunt then they'd probably be quite pleased to come away with no more than a broken limb or two :lol:

Still, it is a great stunt. It was featured on tv here (UK) this morning and already people were saying things like "it's a robot". Brilliant - you can't get better than that type of reaction.

By the way, sorry if this has been discussed previously, but have any of the non-UK Cafe visitors ever seen the dreadful interview that Blaine did on GMTV over here last year? It was hilarious. If anyone is interested, then I'll post a wee description here.


Message: Posted by: The Bear (May 22, 2002 05:30AM)
I am in the UK, but sadly missed the GMTV interview. I'd love to hear the gory details.
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (May 22, 2002 06:40AM)
It was great...

Blaine was interviewed by Eamon Holmes who clearly didn't know too much about him.

More to the point, Blaine obviously didn't want to be there. Holmes would ask a simple question and Blaine would consistently mumble a brief, incoherent answer. This went on and on, with Holmes looking increasingly uncomfortable. All the time, Blaine was staring straight at him, without any expression on his face.

Eventually, just as Holmes looked as if he couldn't take any more, Blaine held up his left palm which had a human eye drawn on it. Holmes asked what it was for and Blaine mumbled "protection". Protection from what, asked Holmes. "protection from death" was the answer!!

To be honest, Blaine came over as an idiot. Apparently, backstage after the interview, he was chirpy and chatted away with the production crew. Some reckon he had thought that he was going to be on the Big Breakfast (for non UK readers, this was a show on Channel 4 which was light hearted and didn't hold back on making fun of guests), and was on the defensive.

It is a good clip - it is often repeated on tv-out take programmes over here, so look out for it.