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David Blaine isn't the most talented magician to walk the earth, and this subject with continue for years to come, but I think Randy Stewart put it the best. When your born, you don't have connections, you, on some level, must make your own. His Mother, nor Father, were big time actors, musicians, poets, line dancers, or anything else that could make them famous. He took what he loves to do, and does it to make money, and I know everyone else here does the same thing... well... most of us.

I, for one, do not know what else David is accomplished in. Maybe he has a killer bird act, maybe he can manipulate cards better then Houdini, or Jeff McBride (doubtful, but maybe).. or maybe he can't do anything more then what we see on TV. No one but David will ever know what he can and can't do. Some people can't stand him, some people are jealous of him ("Well when someone does a trick they don't say my name, they say... 'Hey, what are you, David Blaine?') He is one of THE most accomplished magicians out there right now. When people think magic, they think Houdini... and David Blaine. I know if I went up to my 40 year old Uncle and said.. hey Unc.. name a magician.. I can probably read his mind.

This topic will go on as long as there is a such thing as David Blaine... until Billy Bob Johnson comes by and does him one better... then this whole subject will start again... and we will be back to square one.. interesting huh?

Now did I make sense?.. Smile

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David Blaine has boosted magic. If we look back into the way we all started who did inspire you? I believe for me (as for thousands) it was Paul Daniels, for some it was Copperfield etc. And David Blaine is THE Man at the moment. Surely his success will not last as long as the old master's but then again, that is the postmodern culture we have.

What Blaine has really done? Made a living and a pension fund by doing something we all love. Now isn't that terrible. Wouldn't we want to make a lot of money out of this too. Nobody is calling Blaine childish!

Anyone of us could have done it, if only we would have what it takes to be a mass entertainer. So I will take off my tophat and bow for Mr. Blaine as he is a true entertainer. Not a great card man but a great showman.
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VERY well said.
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Blaine if anything else, has had the guts to be what he feels called to be in life, and he is probably getting great fullfilment from that. There are always the "elite" the ones who think themselves so much superior, but that haughty orgulous attitude makes me sick. Being a card technician, or whatever else you fancy yourself to be, does NOT make you truly superior. It just makes you a snob if you use it to point out the "inferiority" of another performer whos views you do not particularly agree with. But Blaine is NOT inferior, in my view. He's just different. And he's got the guts to be himself. Bully for you David! You go, man! Close up in yer face magic now rocks, thanks to you. I feel your the Doug Henning of this generation. Rock on! Smile Smile Smile
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Although I am new to magic I think Mr.Blaine is quite a showman.

When the guys at work ask "Can you do the things David Blaine does on TV?" I enjoy being able to reach into my pocket and show them that I can!
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Blain really isn't a magician. Being a magician takes SKILL. Performing (and I use that word loosly) an effect that is entirely based on the use of a stooge or a TV camera is NOT magic, it is just deception. Not that we do not all decieve in this business but most of use do not do it in a manner that could be mastered in an afternoon. Anyone could be trained to do what he does in a few hours. ie: stare at people and do simple, simple dimestore tricks.

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If that was all there was to it, EVERYONE could be as successful as Blaine...

But it isn't...

It takes a lot of passion and planning to produce a TV Special... Even then that still doesn't guarantee it'll hit...

Look at David Blaine BEYOND just the effects and you'll see it ain't as easy as some of us think it is to be where he is...

In my humble opinion of course...

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Is'nt it a skillfull entertainer that can take a dimestore trick and amaze millions?

As a director, producer, editor and cameraman of a very small market, Cable TV program, video editing is magic in an of itself. On screen talent (good on screen talent) is hard to come by. David Blaine is good on screen talent.
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On 2003-12-27 20:50, ChrisG wrote:
.... On screen talent (good on screen talent) is hard to come by......



PUHLEEEEEEASE! Survivor, Fear Factor, The Bachelor, Joe Millionaire Ad Nauseam. If there's any talent in this stuff, would it kindly stand up to be recognized. All you need to get on TV today is a buff bod, minimal brains and zero self respect. Enter Mr. Blaine, he is of the same quality as those mentioned above, appealing to the same audience.

Does anyone here really think that David Blaine would have had any success at all if he'd have done this same act even 10-15 years ago?

David Blaine could't carry Mr. Copperfield's
luggage!

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On 2003-12-27 02:47, KeirRoyale wrote:
Blain really isn't a magician. Being a magician takes SKILL. Performing (and I use that word loosly) an effect that is entirely based on the use of a stooge or a TV camera is NOT magic, it is just deception. Not that we do not all decieve in this business but most of use do not do it in a manner that could be mastered in an afternoon. Anyone could be trained to do what he does in a few hours. ie: stare at people and do simple, simple dimestore tricks.

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Did you even see his first special. I'm not saying that all the effects were mind blowing, or even unique, but he has talent. I would be impressed if you could teach someone a good ambitious card routine in a few hours.

Blaine didn't use camera tricks to fool those people. He really performed those tricks live for them. In an effort to guard the secrets, he might have done a bit of editing, but what is wrong with that.

Did you ever see David Copperfield in his "escape from jail" special. Now tell me again what David Blaine did wrong.

We take advantage of angles all the time when we perform. When you switched a gaffed dollar bill for a regular one to hand out, that is the same thing as editing your TV special.
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Someone said David Blaine couldn't carry Mr Copperfields luggage. He doesn't have to, David allready has servants to do that, but the real question is this: Does David have the guts to do what Blaine des? Specifically I'm talking about walking up to complete strangers on the streets of Harlem or the S. side of Chicago, who are all standing there with switchblades at the ready, and pulling out cards , doing a monte or whatever, and blowing them out of their socks with it?

Hey, has anyone ever considered the fact that Blaine has the guts to take his life in his own hands just to spread around his magic?

I seriously doubt that Copperfield has the guts to do that.
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"Does David have the guts to do what Blaine des? Specifically I'm talking about walking up to complete strangers on the streets of Harlem or the S. side of Chicago, who are all standing there with switchblades at the ready, and pulling out cards , doing a monte or whatever, and blowing them out of their socks with it?"

It is another camera trick, if the streets were that tough the crew would have been protected for the valu of the cameras alone. I have said it before so here it is again

1) DB as a magician - Mediocre
2) DB as a self promoter - Excelent
3) DB in life without knowing Leo DeCaprio to get him in with Oprah long before his TV specials - at home writng on the Café and doing silly cardtricks for his friends and family.

Somtimes it is not talent but connections that make you a star. Look at all the 2nd and 3rd generation NASCAR drivers. their are a lot more talented deivers but could not get a break cause they were not somebodies friend, son, nephew or the like

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