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David Blaine Biography
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On November 19, 2006, Blaine announced his next stunt: he would be shackled to a rotating gyroscope. His goal was to escape from his shackles after the gyroscope had been spinning for 16 hours. The gyroscope was constantly spinning at a rate of eight revolutions per minute while hanging above an empty lot in Manhattan near Times Square.

The stunt began on November 21, 2006, with Blaine declaring, "This one's exciting for me. This one's a fun one." After spinning in shackles in the gyroscope for two days, Blaine emerged with a crash a half hour after being allowed to try.

As a result of his success, Blaine led 100 children selected by The Salvation Army on a shopping spree at Target, after each child received a $500 gift certificate from the retailer. Blaine said the stunt was particularly important since The Salvation Army had provided him with clothing while he was growing up. "This challenge is close to my heart," Blaine said.

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Preparing a new show

david_blaine_004.jpgIn the News section of his official website, Blaine announced on August 20, 2007 that he is currently preparing for a new stunt slated to air live on May 2008. Regarding the stunt, Blaine stated, "If you thought my previous stunts were intense, this new one will leave you speechless. I can’t reveal any details (yet) but I’ve started preparing and training for the most dangerous and death-defying challenge of my career."

Several news outlets have reported that Blaine's new show will involve him trying to break the world record for sleep deprivation, presently held by Englishman Tony Wright. Wright found that the record (12.5 days without sleep) left him with hallucinations - for example, dreaming while awake - and that Guinness World Records refused to list or cite his record because of the grave risk to mental health.

Though this has not been officially confirmed, a posting on Blaine's site says, "The idea came to me during a sleepless night." and in a November 1 posting, Blaine stated that he has altered his diet to mostly raw food, a practice which is advocated by Wright.

Mysterious Stranger

On October 29, 2002, Random House published David Blaine's Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic. Part autobiography, part history of magic, and part armchair treasure hunt, the book also includes instructions on how to perform card tricks and illusions.

The treasure hunt, Blaine's $100,000 Challenge, was devised by game designer Cliff Johnson, creator of The Fool's Errand, and solved by Sherri Skanes on March 20, 2004, 16 months after the book's publication.

Personal life

  • He has dated Fiona Apple, Madonna, Josie Maran, Lonneke Engel, and Daryl Hannah.
  • He has Primo Levi's concentration camp number, 174517, tattooed on his left forearm.
  • He is commonly referred to as the "Git Wizard" by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, with it first being mentioned on popular BBC Radio 4 The Now Show.





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