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On 2002-06-27 12:06, hackmonkey wrote:
I heard he still does shows every so often with very limited tickets. If anyone knows where i could get some let me know.

I think you'll find Simon lurking here:

http://www.houseofmagic.co.uk

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Hackmonkey, I always thought there should be a Gothic Dove worker that appears bats instead. But when produced they should be hanging upside down from his hand. You would have liked some of the stuff I was working on for my serial killer comic persona.
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I think he's working with Jonathan Edward! Smile

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On a whim, I recently re-watched the first ever Blaine TV special. What struck me, after all the initial (yes, Magicians-only) griping about how it wasn't anything new, etc, was just HOW GOOD Blaine is. He has achieved what we all strive for, and at a disturbingly young age: a totally integrated and compelling magic persona. All of his moves and misdirection are just 'not there' to laymen, because they blend so seamlessly with his - admittedly unusual - performance character. Plus, what he does, he does very niftily; and yes - the staring IS great: it also takes some nerve to pull off. As the not-entirely-talentless Mr D. Brown points out in his latest oeuvre, silence is an incredibly powerful tool for helping create a compelling air of slightly dangerous mystery. For all these reasons, I think Dave is also 'Da Bomb', and I SO wish he'd get out of the fridge, off of the flagpole, and back into being a magician. Here's to it. Watch...
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The magic that Blaine does, anyone can do. I heard a lot of people trash him saying that all he performed were "store bought" tricks. Even so, I don't like him for his magic.

I do, however, LOVE him for being him: his personality, character, mystique. Anybody can do tricks. Blaine proves that it's more than just the tricks. There needs to be a persona to go along with it.

I applaud him, and what I like most about him is that I can identify with him. To me, magicians were always either: in tuxedos and formal attire, clown costumes, or pirated (like Copperfield) and they were all very showy. Blaine, however, is more like myself. Individualized. I have my own style, own dress, own persona. This is ME, the total package. This is how I come wrapped whether I am a magician or a singer.

Maybe it's just part of being from "our" generation, or being part of our "NYC attitude." Whatever it is, it works and David Blaine has opened the world up to this new style.

Maybe to the world it looks different, but here it's completely normal. I saw someone complaining about what David Blaine was wearing. Saying that it was completely unprofessional. I was trying to figure out where to BUY the shirt he was wearing!

Understand?

Maybe it's just me, but I can relate to Blaine on this level. To me, it's a new style, next generation of performers.

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On 2002-06-17 19:47, DaveB wrote:
He is obviously popular or he would not be on T.V as much as he is.


No part of that statement is true.

Popularity has absolutely nothing to do with being on TV. His shows are cheap to crank out and get an acceptable rating when aired. Magic is "hot" right now and the TV execs are doing what they always do. They are cashing in by airing what they can sell. Don't ever believe that TV is about entertainment, it's all about profit.

As for how he got on TV, Blaine has connections. He schmoozed the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Geffen, Mike Tyson and Madonna for exposure and became very close friends with director/producer Harmony Korine.

High level connections, proper 'advance work', low production cost, and high revenue. *POOF* - network TV.

By the way, while were talking about Blaine.

De Niro just recently bought the rights to make a film about Blaine's life. The claim is that his mother and grandmother were raised as Gypsies and that Blaine decided he was destined for magic when he was only four, and began using one-on-one illusions to connect with people.

Well, his bio says that David Blaine White was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 4, 1973.

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.

His mother remarried John Bukalo, a banker, when he was ten and moved to Jerseyville, New Jersey.

As a teen, he traveled to Manhattan everyday to go to an acting school he attended. He has done a few commercials and made small appearances on soap operas. At 16, he levitated for his doctor who immediately took him in for examination. At 17, he moved back to New York by himself and lived in Hell's Kitchen.

C'mon folks... Blaine is a charlatain. Plain and simple. He's a guy out to make a buck anyway he can. ( And who among us can blaime him? We'd do it, too. )

Incidently, does everyone know that the magic consultants for Blaine's "Street Magic" show were Paul Harris and Michael Weber?

"I always change stories. It's so boring to hear the same story over and over. A friend of mine, who is a really good private investigator, tried to track down some info on me. He couldn't find anything -- not even a birth certificate. It was 'file not found.'" - David Blaine (White)

The moral of this story? Blaine will be with us for a while. He's out to make a big splash. He'll do whatever it takes to accomplish that. He doesn't care what other magicians think. And, if you really give a **** one way or another about Blaine, you're not spending enough time on your own presentation.

But that's just my opinion.
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Incidently, does everyone know that the that the magic consultants for Blaine's "Street Magic" show were Paul Harris and Michael Weber.
Yep, knew it.

Noticed that Paul Harris wasn't in the credits of Blaines latest special.

No wonder it got such lousy ratings.
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I noticed those guys names on the first special, I am not sure about the other ones. Most of Blaine's best effects are Paul's. I am sure Mr Harris had some sort of soda can resurrection trick a while back but it was edited out of his AOA series. The first time I ever saw the Balducci lev. was when Paul did it on that star's of magic video. With out Harris, Weber and Burger, he is going to go downhill. Smile
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Hey Hackmonkey - long time no...

I think we all know the soda can res – is “Healed and Sealed” by Anders Modem.

I heard that Harris is now one of Blaine’s chief paid consultants. His name is in every credit – in every show.

Back to your first question – yea it was a magic trick. Magic is dispelling belief – if but for a moment and creating a feeling of elation and or surprise and or shock.

The Web tries to scare you with a rubber spider…oooh. Blaine did it with some “Psychic Surgery”. He was probably on Rosie the next day anyway – so nobody truly believes he did what he did.

Blaine is a magician – plain and simple – he pitches himself as something else to defuse the critics and naysayers – and look – it works!
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Blaine is this generation's version of Uri Geller...a superb showman with average to above-average skills. This is exactly what the "real world audience" wants, and is exactly what we should strive to be ourselves. After all, we can always better our own skills, but if even one-tenth of us had Blaine's presentational abilities, we, too, would be the talk of the photocopy room...


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On 2002-06-15 10:30, hackmonkey wrote:
I was reading The Guardian (U.K. newspaper) and it had a piece on Blaine and his new stunt. Most of it was waffle and one part revealed the Balducci lev. but the interesting part was a mention of an interview Blaine did with Carson Daily on MTV. He was aked about his model ex-girlfriend and he shows a tattoo of her first intial on his chest. Then he launches into a psychic surgery routine where he rips out his heart, then falls down dead. Security carry him off the stage and the audience are told it's the end of the show. A quote from one kid was "But there was no resolve, no resolution."

Two things, I have not seen this footage and would like to hear from anyone who has. Also is Mr. Blaine no longer trying to entertain his audience, just scare and confuse them? If he came back to life or something then it would of been magic, but it seems he just put on a gore show. He did this on live T.V. with kids watching, is that magic? Opinions............ Smile


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On 2007-07-12 12:31, espmagic wrote:
Blaine is this generation's version of Uri Geller...a superb showman with average to above-average skills. This is exactly what the "real world audience" wants, and is exactly what we should strive to be ourselves. After all, we can always better our own skills, but if even one-tenth of us had Blaine's presentational abilities, we, too, would be the talk of the photocopy room...


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I saw this and I don't think it was on mtv I forgot where I saw it but think that he is destroying the the magic everyone says that he invented street magic so what he does not deserve credit for having a Tv specail he is no better than most of the magicains in here
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Anyone got the link to the MTV? I tried previous but didn't work, seems clips taken down.

Thanks in advance,
Cheers.
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On 2007-07-31 11:36, Ed Mauve wrote:
Anyone got the link to the MTV? I tried previous but didn't work, seems clips taken down.

Thanks in advance,
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It's an old video. Here's a new link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pE0eXcDZOZg
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That was funny.

It would have really been a shocker if the heart was beating and spurting its last drops of blood.
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