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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 April 1973Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameDavid Blaine White
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Blaine was born on April 4, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as David Blaine White. He is a producer and actor, known for David Blaine: Street Magic (1996), David Blaine: Magic Man (1998) and Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012).

Trade Mark (2)

Performs potentially life threatening acts of endurance for the public to witness.
Deep, monotone voice

Trivia (3)

Voted the 'Biggest Loser' of 2003 in a British poll for spending 44 days in a box suspended over the River Thames in London, without any food.
His father was a Vietnam War veteran of half Puerto Rican and half Italian descent, and his mother a school teacher of Russian Jewish ancestry.
Set a new world record on April 30, 2008 when he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4 seconds.

Personal Quotes (37)

But as they say about sharks, it's not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it's the ones you don't see.
In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.
My mother encouraged it so much. She was so supportive. Even if as a kid, I would do the dumbest trick, which now that I look back on some things, she would love it, she would say that's amazing, or if I'd make the ugliest drawing, she would hang it up. She was amazing.
I just believe that the feeling of wonder is amazing. I am pushing myself as far as I can humanly push myself... I can only hope for the best and expect the worse.
Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea.
As a kid, I always was obsessed with Houdini.
People haven't even begun to tap into the potential of what the mind is possible of doing. We only use a certain percentage of our brains.
My only fear is the unknown.
I'd always wanted to do these types of things - pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it.
I was obsessed with the idea of fasting and isolation.
I have not had time to reflect on my own truths in many years.
I do a lot of research on what people have done in the past.
I consider myself a showman, and I love magic, and I love art, and I love performance, and they're all separate.
I believe that fear of life brings a greater fear of death.
Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.
I think that ,when you die, you go back to where you came from before you were born. So I don't think death is a bad thing.
I think great whites are the most beautiful and perfect creatures I've ever seen.
I think everything I do is normal, not paranormal but normal. It's using the power of the mind to achieve whatever we can endure.
I think anybody can do any of these if they train. I don't recommend it, but anybody could do it if there was a need.
I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people. You know, pushed the boundaries of wonder.
I've always liked artists like Chris Burden, who would take performances, put them in galleries, and then do things that were on the edge.
I'd like to bring magic back to the place it used to be 100 years ago.
I'd go to Coney Island to hang out, and I saw a magician doing a rope trick on the boardwalk. I was fascinated. I guess that's how it started.
I thought instead of burying myself under dirt, I'd bury myself under water so everybody could see that you're there.
I think that when Evel Knievel crashed over the fountain at Caesar's, it kind of gave you a credibility and then anticipation for everything he did.
I remember finding a Houdini book at the library and seeing an image of him chained on the side of a building. He looked so intense and scary, and I couldn't get that image out of my head. That started building up my love of magic.
Well, I also love magic, which is, you know, different than showmanship. Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder.
We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe.
My mother was a teacher, and when she wanted to show me art and literature and science, she'd take me to museums, parks and free exhibitions.
If I asked you to stand in one spot for 35 hours or a certain length of time, you could do it.
I remember my mother had this deck of cards that her mother had given her and that she passed on to me. It was a gypsy tarot deck that I used to carry everywhere.
I don't think you can say something is or isn't magic. That's what was cool about Houdini, because he was a magician who had a magic show, but he was also an escape artist, and they kind of, over time, blended together. They both kind of enhance each other, I think.
As a kid I used to hold my breath longer than anybody else, and then I heard stories about people accidentally underwater for 45 minutes - how do you recover from that? It's not a miracle. Something allows us to survive.
It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line.
I think magic, whether I'm holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It's practice, it's training, and it's - It's practice, it's training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be.
Whether you're shuffling a deck of cards or holding your breath, magic is pretty simple: It comes down to training, practice, and experimentation, followed up by ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance.
When I was about 19, I shot a tape of me doing magic just to people on the streets, and I would edit together all the reactions and I kept pushing this idea, and then ABC came on board and made my first show.

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