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Mormo Zine
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I'm a big David Blaine fan and loved the special! I do not like the death defying stunts however and wish he would not have drank the kerosene.

The older I get the more sensitive I get and David Blaine worries me with the stunts.
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I don't care what any of the people who don't like DB have to say because we all know we would most likely kill to perform in front of those celebrities and get the reactions he got out of them... And I also know for a fact that every person would love to say and have video of them stealing the Presidents watch and not get thrown in a windowless room forever because of it. I mean be honest who wouldn't love to be the one who could say, "Harrison Ford told me to get the **** out of his house?" IMO I see people get bitter towards those who are successful in life because they broke out of the mold and set their own path which DB did, I mean there is a reason he is on TV and doesn't have over 500 plus posts on this forum...
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Oh my gawd, thank you David Blaine. Thank you for giving our art a big ole shot in the arm. I just can't help but think of all of those layman who saw or will see that special and because of it will now be willing to sit through just ONE more of my card tricks!

I watched that special and had just about every thought and emotion ring through my body that has already been mentioned on this board. I'm still trying to figure out what the deal is with that *** ice pick and I'm still grossed out by that water spitting. But you know what? At the end of the day, I just wanna thank this magician. Thank him, for helping keep magic alive out there in this cold, harsh world. He did an awesome job with this special, putting magic back on the front page.
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While I think David is absolutely flat as a personality, he does let his magic speak for him. He accomplished in this one special what Criss Angel has been trying to accomplish for years. The difference? It was about the magic. The magic was the star, his skills were the star...not the ego of the performer.

While I think Blaine would be even more appealing and more commercially successful if he had some type of inviting and less serious/monotone personality, I could only imagine how good it would be if he were as entertaining as his magic.

Very nice job and kudos for the industry ad magic community.
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On 2013-11-20 07:33, NYCJoePitt wrote:
Oh my gawd, thank you David Blaine. Thank you for giving our art a big ole shot in the arm.


I couldn't agree more!
For the first time in a long time, I am giddy about going to a Magic club meeting tonight.
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Whatever one thinks of DB, it's hard to argue that he hasn't found what WORKS FOR HIM.

Love him or hate him, he is living the life of success with a capital S. I'm sure he is aware of the flack he gets from guys like us, but he has the guts to be who he is, doing his effects the way he feels works for him, and in the end he enjoys the sweet smell of money, money, money out the wazoola.

And the icing on the cake is getting to hobnob with milliionaire celebs.

And women? Oh yeah, buddy! I would guess he can take his pick.

Not too bad a life style for a guy some have named "David Plain".
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I don't see anything wrong with his demeanor. In fact... because he is not overtly pushing his personality in your face, I feel like it makes you actively seek to understand who/why he is. It draws people in because his behavior makes you curious, rather than demanding people notice by having a loud personality.
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On 2013-11-20 07:33, NYCJoePitt wrote:
Oh my gawd, thank you David Blaine. Thank you for giving our art a big ole shot in the arm.


I couldn't agree more!
For the first time in a long time, I am giddy about going to a Magic club meeting tonight.






Giving the art of magic a "shot in the arm". Yes, that was the expression I was searching for. (and when was the last time you saw Dai Vernon or heard his voice on TV?) Yes he did a lot of the classic tricks that we know well ...OOTW, cards across, triumph ( yet with an I phone) etc; and this is why I liked it. Lynn ps the only part I didn't like was his performing for George W ... but that's for another forum. peops for David
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His character, his demeanor, is "earnestness." He really sells the fact that what he's doing is real, and he just wants to share it with you. Personally, I think his character is brilliant. I could never pull it off - I'm way too reliant on jokes and stories, et al, - but Blaine does it brilliantly. He brings a grit and authenticity to magic which is pretty remarkable for someone who has been in the game as long as he has, and should by all odds be disillusioned and ironic at this point.
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He works well for me when I can't sleep. I can not watch staged reactions from ACTORS. Guess what they do?

That is one and only one opinion. Good on him for working regularly on TV. He obviously earned it.

I do not like many things on TV. Does not make them bad. He has parlayed his idea into multiple specials. Good on him.
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I can not watch staged reactions from ACTORS. Guess what they do?


"Alright, everyone, one more time please. Take seventy-four, surprised reaction, Jada, a little more with the eyes and less arm-waving this time. Will, go over and hug her like you're going to protect her from the nameless forces you're encountering...kids, you can be as goofy as you want...Somebody wake up David. Oh, he is awake..."

Well, maybe. I still liked it.
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Nail on head.
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I was thinking that, too. But I'm still wondering about Harrison Ford.

I wonder what the consensus is about whether he was acting or if his reactions were genuine.
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With a camera around actors never have a genuine reaction.
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That's kind of a heavy accusation, that the reactions were all faked, which would make DB a phony. Any support for that, or are we just casting stones?
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On 2012-04-07 13:52, Jim Oliver wrote:
Actually,

Whenever I see a D.B. or C.A. special on t.v....

I flip the channel!

Jim


Wow.
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On 2013-11-21 20:58, Dannydoyle wrote:
With a camera around actors never have a genuine reaction.


Hyperbole sure is fun!
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As for me, I see hyperbole as more utilitarian. I use it a lot in everyday speech.
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On 2013-11-21 20:58, Dannydoyle wrote:
With a camera around actors never have a genuine reaction.

But if they express accurately what we at home are feeling inside--and they did for this viewer quite a bit of the time--then all is forgiven.
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Good point.

But I'm STILL wondering about Harrison Ford.
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