“David Blaine: Dive of Death’ inspired by ceiling dancers; hidden anagrams in names?

September 18th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine
Photo courtesy The National Ledger

Photo courtesy The National Ledger

I doubt he’s talking about Lionel Richie.

David Blaine told The National Ledger that his inspiration for his upcoming special, “David Blaine: Dive of Death,” was inspired by turn-of-the-century ceiling dancers, who would dance on a ceiling ages ago.

His intense training for living upside-down has consisted of building up his endurance by developing a resistance to it. By Sept. 16, he had done about 60 cumulative hours of upside-down training.

“What was even more interesting to me is how your whole perspective on the world changes when you’re upside down. You kind of feel giddy in a weird way.”

In the article, Blaine confirms something that we’ve known for a while: He’ll be doing more street magic in an attempt to get back to his “roots.”

“It’s a show filled with magic — more magic than I’ve put on any show in 10 years. I’m really proud of it.”

Back to the training: The first few days were chronicled in this London Telegraph story, which has been mentioned on quite a few magic sites and forums. My only frustration with this story is that the Telegraph didn’t give the reporter a byline.

That is a tragedy, because it’s one of the most descriptive, brilliant, compelling pieces of journalism on Blaine, or anyone, I’ve seen in a while. Take the time to read it, and post what you think the hidden anagrams are.


  1. The byline is: “By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith.”

    It’s right at the top of the article.

  2. For the National Ledger story, correct. However, the online version of the London Telegraph story is not credited. Odd, since it’s told in first person; and tragic, because it’s so well-written. I love giving credit where it’s due.

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