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David Blaine          

Magician, Illusionist and Endurance Artist

For more than a decade, David Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seems physically impossible, and actually doing it. To that end, he’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, barely survived being encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and three nights, stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, survived inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water for 44 days and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, at the end of which he attempted to break the world record for holding one’s breath. A year later, he succeeded in breaking that record live on the Oprah Winfrey show, holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds.

Born in Brooklyn, Blaine discovered his passion for magic at the age of four when he saw a magician perform in the subway. His mother encouraged his passion and he began performing professionally at private parties by the age of thirteen. By the age of twenty-three, Blaine had created, directed and produced an original television program titled Street Magic, which garnered rave reviews by critics and revolutionized the way magic is portrayed on television. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller called Street Magic, “the best TV magic special ever done” and “the biggest breakthrough in our lifetime.” The New York Times noted that Blaine has “taken a craft that’s been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it.” The New Yorker claimed that “he saved magic.” Since then, Blaine has produced nine additional primetime specials.

Blaine has performed magic privately for U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Mayor Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg and Muhammad Ali, as well as President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia and other international leaders. He also performed alongside Michael Jackson, and during the Super Bowl halftime show.

In 2010, Blaine performed magic for 72 hours straight in Times Square, raising nearly $100,000 for relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.

This past October, Blaine stood atop a small, 22-foot high platform on New York's Pier 54, in the middle of a massive globe, surrounded by seven Tesla coils. The coils were directed at him for the entirety of the stunt, producing an electrical discharge of at least one million volts continuously for 72 hours. The event was streamed live via Youtube, engaging more than 400 million users with the event on the world's leading social networks.

Speech Topics

Beyond Magic: Up Close and Personal with David Blaine

The world’s most famous magician will take your audience on a journey into his world of magic that will leave them believing they have the power to achieve the impossible. With the wonderment of magic, David Blaine brings his up close and personal style combined with his determination and inspirational methods to a new level which has led some to call him a modern-day scientist. At his presentation at TEDMED he was one of only two speakers to receive a standing ovation. He took the audience on a journey describing how he was able to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes—a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!)—and what his often death-defying work means to him. Blaine delivers a one-of-a-kind performance where he interacts and engages your audience and showcases his unique brand of magic and his world-renowned feats of endurance. Blaine’s riveting repertoire thrills audiences and is certain to be one of the more unique experiences they will have.

David Blaine - Real or Magic?

In this 60-minute stage performance, David Blaine’s magic and test of endurances will defy expectations. From card tricks to some of the amazing feats from his ABC Special (November, 2013) he will leave your audience spellbound, shocked and speechless.

A Conversation with David Blaine

The world's most famous magician sits down to give his perspectives on what it's like to be the center of so many infamous feats. Called "the hottest name in magic" by USA Today, Blaine takes questions from the audience, giving them a front row seat to the headline-making stunts that have captured the public's attention over the last decade.


No Vertigo here! David Blaine's cute daughter Dessa stops to pick flowers while enjoying a ride on the illusionist's shoulders

He does terrifying endurance stunts for a living, but when he’s not putting his life in danger, David Blaine is a family man. The illusionist was seen taking his daughter Dessa for a ride on his shoulders in New York on Friday. During their stroll around the Big Apple, the cute as a button two-year-old spotted some pink flowers she liked the look of And David showed what a doting dad he is as he immediately steered in that direction and let the little one pick a couple of blooms.

David Blaine returns to television with celebrity-filled ABC special -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Are David Blaine’s magic tricks real? Can they be done anywhere? Those are the questions Blaine is addressing in his upcoming 90-minute special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, which EW has learned exclusively will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

David Blaine gets hung-up in Central Park

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