David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist, and endurance artist best known for his street magic, and high-profile feats of endurance. Blaine’s first television special, Street Magic, has been called “the best TV magic special ever done and the biggest breakthrough in our lifetime”. Blaine revolutionized the way magic is shown on television, by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience.
Some of Blaine’s high profile feats of endurance include: “Burried Alive”, in which he was entombed in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days; “Frozen in Time” where he was encased in a large block of ice in the middle of Times Square for over 63 hours; “Vertigo” where he stood on top of a 100 foot high pillar in Bryant Park for 35 hours.
Blaine starred in a 90-minute ABC television special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, in 2013. The special featured Blaine performing magic for celebrities and public figures. His next special David Blaine: Beyond Magic will air this month on ABC. Blaine will also be embarking on his first world tour in 2017.