Blaine’s upside-down efforts assist with picture

July 22nd, 2010 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine, General


Blaines upside down efforts assist with picturePhotographer Michael Lavine (who has an incredible portfolio) has posted some interesting commentary about a recent pic of David Blaine for Esquire magazine.

The street magic legend was photographed upside-down in order to snag this incredible shot (click after the jump to see the full image). Lavine wrote in his blog that at first Blaine didn’t think the idea would work, but after seeing the setup and preparation, said the shot could be done in five tries. Writes Lavine:

Let’s just say that David has a “strong personality” and I had to use every trick in the photographic Jujitsu playbook to make it through the day. It’s incredibly physically demanding to hang upside down and I do have to give it to David for delivering a command performance.

It did take five tries, although the money shot happened on the third. Afterward, Blaine blew their minds with a few card tricks. Blaine earned his reputation for hanging upside-down during 2008′s Dive of Death.

Blaines upside down efforts assist with picture

13 comments

  1. MagicPassion on:

    Blaine’s upside-down efforts assist with picture: Photographer Michael Lavine (who has an incredible portfolio) ha… http://bit.ly/9Tp3vi

  2. Ellusionist on:

    David Blaine's upside-down training came in pretty handy for an Esquire magazine photo shoot. http://bit.ly/cBLdYg

  3. RT @Ellusionist: David Blaine's upside-down training came in pretty handy for an Esquire magazine photo shoot. http://bit.ly/cBLdYg

  4. RT @Ellusionist: David Blaine's upside-down training came in pretty handy for an Esquire magazine photo shoot. http://bit.ly/cBLdYg

  5. RT @Ellusionist: David Blaine's upside-down training came in pretty handy for an Esquire magazine photo shoot. http://bit.ly/cBLdYg

  6. Either David blaine has packed on the pounds, and turned hispanic, or that isn’t david blaine.

  7. Penn and Teller did it first.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoIagkuJre4

    David Blaine is a whiner.

  8. That is a pretty cool picture, but not nearly as impressive as when Pen & Teller did an entire live skit while hanging upside-down.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoIagkuJre4

  9. Photo triggers tweet from Penn | Online Magic News – Ellusionist Street Magic Blog on:

    [...] Jillette, half of the great Penn & Teller, made this tweet in response to the upside-down Blaine photo: Hmmm. When we did this decades ago on SNL it was funny, when David Blaine does it – it’s [...]

  10. I saw a view recent videos with Blaine in them and man he looks different. He’s lookin puffy

  11. I agree with Penn.

  12. theaplombman on:

    in response to magic guy, the only reason david blaine looked so in shape 4 years ago was to do his ellusion/stunts. Before he did them he looked about the same as he does now.