Blaine: Finale didn’t go as planned

September 25th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine
Photo courtesy the Associated Press

Photo courtesy the Associated Press

The controversial, anticlimactic finale to “David Blaine: Dive of Death” was not supposed to be that way, said Blaine.

Magic Newswire posted an audio link of Blaine talking about the stunt this morning. According to the interview, Blaine was to jump and descend about five feet, then balloons were supposed to whisk him away after everything went dark. But President Bush’s address to the nation pushed the time schedule back, then winds picked up, complicating the stunt.

Blaine also addressed the controversy over his potty breaks on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Said Blaine: “I think there was some confusion about why I was taking breaks. There’s no way to relieve yourself without putting everyone below you at risk.”

Here’s his appearance this morning on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” It’s not the best video quality or the complete interview; his interview starts around 5:18:


  1. Sergei Rasputin on:

    I don’t really see how dropping five feet before being whisked away by balloons is much better than him dropping the whole distance before being whisked away…they’re both kind of anticlimatic after his inversion for the sixty hours. If I had know that he planned on doing that, I would have stopped watching after the street magic and bullet catch…the special should have just contained those and more things like them.

  2. I agree. The whole thing was kind of anticlimactic. Although, there’s no way he could have actually jumped(but that would be awesome!)

  3. Sounds to me like he was being sarcastic to make fun of the fact that the stunt didnt go as planned. I mean, he goes even futher to satirize his break taking saying he didnt want to “put everyone below [you] at risk.” Rather than being pissed and sorry for himself for the stunt failure and all the skepticism, David can laugh about it in a joking manner. Of course this is just my take on the situation.