The Next David Blaine Stunt

December 5th, 2007 | Team Ellusionist | Filed Under David Blaine

David BlaineIf the rumor is true, it will be interesting to see how David’s production team will make this next stunt entertaining. The rumor is David Blaine will attempt to break the world record for staying awake. After being buried alive, frozen alive, standing on a pole for days at a time, this next feat doesn’t exactly make you want to run to your Tivo. After all 12 year olds have been attempting this for years!

David obviously feels he has to prove something to himself. He doesn’t have to prove anything to us. Ok, we get it, it’s dangerous. Physicians study David after these feats, and the research may be beneficial. That’s fine, but is watching someone in a bowl of water or not eat entertaining? You can stay awake for days on end on your time, we just want to be entertained.

With his first feats there was a certain air of mystique around them. Buried Alive had the Houdini connection. But the last two – starving for 44 days and sitting in a big goldfish bowl for a week, well it doesn’t have the same awe factor.

Here in the states, we didn’t see the Above The Below special, so I don’t know how much magic was on it, but the last special had very little magic, maybe 5 effects in two hours. Two hours of build up, little magic and he missed the world record for holding your breath underwater.

Since he’s staying awake anyway, maybe they will make it entertaining and actually have him perform some magic so the rest of us don’t fall asleep. The effects that were cut from his last special would be a good start.


  1. I actually love Blaine’s personal struggle to push the limits of life.

    He truly is doing remarkable things, much like we as magicians do remarkable things. There is a correlation between what he does and what we do, because we both strive to inspire others to exceed boundaries and conquer whatever it is in their way, however impossible it may seem…nothing is impossible.

    Personally, I think the aura of mystery and intrigue spawns from David himself, and his stunts simply tap into that. In the off-chance however, that his stunts do not provide that aura of mystique, I think his personality makes up for it simply by witnessing how “real” he is of a person.

    He’s a genuine guy who doesn’t hide behind anything, and he inspires me, and if only one person benefits from it, it’s all worth it.


    || sean ||

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