Archive for the 'David Blaine' Category

Happy Birthday David Blaine

Posted by Michael on April 4th, 2014

iTricks sends happy birthday wishes to David Blaine who turns 41 today. Thanks to Esquire Magazine’s website, we are gong to pull a bit of reverse and have David himself give you a present by teaching you a card trick.

Given all the reports of Blaine appearing at other people’s parties, iTricks wonders how he spends his birthday.

What Is David Blaine’s Next Move?

Posted by Michael on March 18th, 2014

Cole Morton, reporter for The Telegraph, recently caught up with David Blaine, still riding after his last special Real Or Magic. Although he teases future plans, Blaine is too coy (and smart) to actually reveal his next big project. What Morton does get out of the magician, though, is a glimpse into his fears about growing old and complacent. “The hunger dies.” Blaine said, “That hunger, that curiosity, that desire that creates the ultimate passion to do something new.”

Other topics include rivals, Blaine’s love of magic, what the magician is currently reading and whether or not that meat skewer really did go through his hand. You can read the entire interview on the Telegraph’s website.

New Harmony Korine Video For Supreme Stars David Blaine

Posted by Michael on February 18th, 2014

The new Supreme Spring/Summer 2014 Collection will be unveiled on February 20th at their New York and LA stores and available online starting on the 27th. To help build a little buzz before the new line goes on sale, Supreme enlisted Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers) do make a little video with some skaters, David Blaine (fresh off his visit with Toronto mayor Rob Ford) and a geek magic classic. They simply call the piece Needle. We call it cool.

David Blaine Meets Toronto’s Crack Smoking Mayor and More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 17th, 2014

The video above is Wayne Kawamoto’s latest promo piece. He is the guiding hand behind About.com’s Magic Section.

In one of the weirder stories to come across the iTricks news desk lately, the National Post, the Toronto Star and others are reporting that embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, best known to the world for admitting to smoking crack, met with David Blaine on Friday. According to the Star, Blaine simply phoned City Hall Thursday night and expressed interest in meeting with the mayor.

The News Observer website is reporting that a number of streets recently named for “obscure magicians” may be changed. John Scarne, Robert-Houdin and Hofzinser are among those currently honored with streets in the Walnut Terrace development. Evidently, housing authority officials were having difficulty getting answers about the street naming policies and therefore submitted a list of names selected by its director Steve Beam (the article notes he is a “card magician”) as a reference to the development’s magical success being constructed without federal funds.

The annual Blackpool Magic Convention kicks off this Friday in, well, Blackpool. You can get more information at the official website. If any of the iTricks readers will be attending, we would love to hear about it.

Blaine, Monday Night Magic and Magic Gets Public Servant In Trouble [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 24th, 2013

David Blaine’s Real Or Magic will be airing in England on Channel 4 January 1st. In the lead up to the special London Evening Standard reporter Jane Mulkerrins caught up with the magician. In the piece Blaine touches on his personal life as a father and confesses a desire to do a magic show completely surrounded.

Celebrity Cafe contributor Lori Alamia visited Monday Night Magic and has posted a small piece on the long running show. Check it out here.

According to a NewsOrbserver.com article, some in the Raleigh, North Carolina area are questioning the amount of time Raleigh Housing Authority Director Steve Beam spends on his hobby of magic. At issue is the amount of vacation and comp time afforded Beam, the creator/editor of now defunct The Trapdoor and a series on “semi-automatic” tricks. The article goes as far as trying to match Magic Cafe posts with Beam’s work schedule.

Looking Back At 2013 (July – December Edition)

Posted by Michael on December 23rd, 2013

Michael Lauck is a columnist for iTricks. His work appears on Mondays. The first six months of 2013 where covered here.

Magic had a great year in 2013.

There were ups and downs, of course, with new triumphs and lost friends. All things considered, though, magic raised its profile in 2013.

After the first six months of 2013, magic was in an interesting position. The Magic Castle was celebrating its 50th year and Genii was entering its 76th! There had already been two big screen projects featuring magic and on the small screen, America’s Got Talent was just kicking off. It really looked like magic was making a comeback.

July kept the momentum going. Although it had already run in Europe, Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin made its US premiere on BBC America. Of course, America’s Got Talent was still moving along and featuring several magicians. The CW had already announced that it was reviving the series Masters of Illusions and it began taping the large scale stage magic segments. On the street pieces would follow. The documentary Magic Camp, which had been seen in limited release and festivals, was finally widely available through video on demand services.

The magic community also lost a few members in July. Among them were one time SAM Magician of the Year Jack Bridwell and Albert Ching Jr. (left). Probably best known as a restaurant owner when he dies, Ching had used the GI Bill to attend the Chavez School or Magic and went on to a very successful career in New York, even appearing on Ed Sullivan’s show, before moving to the West Coast.

August also saw the loss of a few interesting characters. On the 3rd, intelligence analyst and magician Bart Whaley passed away. When he was not designing high level military simulations the Magic Castle member was writing books on Erdnase and Orson Welles. At the end of the month, Mandrake the Magician ended its decades long comic strip run. Even though he was fictional, Mandrake spawned a real life magician (Leon Mandrake).

John Calvert turned 102 years old early in the month. Magic Live! was held and included a special Potter and Potter auction which included Cardini’s gimmicked wristwatch. On the more unfortunate side, Paul Daniels was quoted as making a few less than charitable remarks about why there were not more women magicians, which he later maintained were misquotes.

Magic continued to be big business in the entertainment world. The Travel Channel premiered JB Benn’s Magic Man series and A&E confirmed that Adrien Brody would star in its planned Houdini two part movie. Now You See Me continued to rake in the ticket sales across the world, making it the sleeper hit of 2013. A sequel was officially announced in August.

September would be one of the saddest months of 2013 for magicians. Shortly after a false report of his death spread through social media, John Calvert (right) passed away at the end of the month. Not only had Calvert been a successful magician, he had been a world class adventurer who had flown and sailed around the world and even had a film career.

Despite the sad news at the end of the month, September had otherwise been a pretty good month for magic. America’s Got Talent ended. Highly touted teen heart throb Collins Key made it all the way to the end, ultimately finishing 5th. Winner Kenichi Ebina was billed as a dancer who incorporated multimedia, but he also used so good old fashioned magic along the way! David Copperfield was in the middle of a wave of publicity due to his new Vegas contract, which included a new production company and strange claims that his islands contained the fountain of youth. Forbes even placed him on a list of people poised to become billionaires in the coming years. Best of all, though, David Oliver finally returned home after a lung transplant. For the record, David could still use everyone’s help so check out the Do Magic For David Oliver blog.

October was, understandably, overshadowed by the death of John Calvert. More sad news came with the passing of Fantasio’s wife Monica Roucau. There was better news, though, Criss Angel debuted his new show BeLIEve on cable’s Spike Network on the 15th. Just a few days before Ben Hanlin’s Tricked premiered on England’s ITV2. Even though it had just ended a few weeks before, America’s Got Talent was already starting auditions for the 2014 season in Miami. Meanwhile in the mountains, Magic In The Rockies was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Across the pond, Paul Daniels started his farewell tour, although he dubbed it the first of many.

Australian TV was big magic news in November. Self described unusualist Raymond Crowe made a very respectable run on Australia’s Got Talent. He made it into the Top 6 and illusionist Sam Powers placed in the Top 12 (that is Sam at the top of the page). Meanwhile former Australia’s Got Talent runner up Cosentino (left) cha-chaed his way to reality show glory by winning Australia’s Dancing With The Stars. On American television, David Blaine made a triumphant return by messing with celebrities on his Real Or Magic special. On the Internet, iTricks returned to podcasting with a special look at women and magic.

Of course, December is not quite over yet but it has already been an interesting month for magic. Derren Brown found himself in a tiny bit of trouble (or at least embarrassment) after his publicist connected his upcoming art heist themed special with a real life London theft. Art and magic also mixed in Teller’s new documentary Tim’s Vermeer, which was placed on the official short list for an Academy Award earlier this month. The big screen attention on magic continues, too, as we end the year. India’s biggest action franchise released its third installment on the 20th. Dhoom 3 features a magician robbing banks and has already set box office records.

Potential billionaires, breakout hits movies, magic on television… Magic had a pretty good 2013. It seems as if the credibility of magic is on the rise again. There are new shows scheduled, big project planned. We can only look forward to 2014!

David Blaine Untelevised Private Endurance Stunt for Will Smith

Posted by Editor on December 2nd, 2013

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While shooting for Real or Magic, David Blaine apparently left a fair amount on the cutting room floor. One such stunt was a breath holding endurance test possibly leaving Blaine submerged for nearly 15 minutes in Will Smith’s pool.

The proof came out on Instagram. The picture features the whole Smith clan including wife Jada, actor son Jaden and singer daughter Willow holding Blaine underwater while an iPad shows a timer over 14 minutes.

The family is wearing the same outfits seen in the Real of Magic special when Blaine shoved a spike through his hand to their delight/disgust/amazement.