Tuesday, January 14, 2014
"David Blaine: Real or Magic?" on ABC
On January 9, 2014 ABC aired a one-hour special “David Blaine: Real or Magic?”
Blaine started out with rather innocent card tricks involving tricky cell phone photography (he entertains George W. Bush in Shanghai, and then physicist Stephen Hawking), but soon demonstrated what he is willing to put his own body through. He traveled to Africa to learn a trick where a man drinks enough water to get water poisoning, then deliberately vomits, whereupon he adds kerosene and can light his effusion. It’s very dangerous. He actually drew portraits on a New York City sidewalk with water vomit. He actually entertained germophobic Woody Allen with this trick. He even brings up a “free fish” whole.
The African man had learned this trick with his own stomach to deal with the lack of potable drinking water.
The hour concluded with a trick where Blaine inserts a long needle through his ample bicep.
Blaine, who at 40 looks youthful and is very articulate, begs the question about when people should be open to physical risk taking.
ABC does not seem to have a web page to replay the show, if it wasn't recorded from cable.