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David Blaine: Vertigo -- Imagine standing atop a 100-foot tall, 22-inch wide pillar in New York City's Bryant Park. No harness or safety net for 36 hours. Winds rage, pain persists, and hallucinations set in. In Vertigo, crowds of spectators gather to witness what happens when sleep can mean an imminent death.


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22 May 2002 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

David Blaine ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Brown ... Himself - High Fall Expert
William Kalush ... Himself - Co-Executive Producer

Directed by
Jacob Septimus 
Michael Dimich (live segments)
David Blaine (uncredited)
Troy Miller (uncredited)
Writing credits
Michael James 

David Blaine  uncredited
Troy Miller  uncredited
Jacob Septimus  uncredited

Produced by
Tracey Baird .... associate producer
David Blaine .... executive producer
Bill Kalush .... co-executive producer
William Kalush .... co-executive producer
Bruce Klassen .... producer
Troy Miller .... executive producer
Tom Sherren .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jo Chris 
Dan Flannery 
Film Editing by
Kabir Akhtar 
John Tintori 
Michael Z. Wechsler 
Production Design by
Tom Bramlett 
Art Direction by
Dan Butts 
Production Management
Donna Suchan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Abrams .... associate director (as Robin Mishkin Abrams)
Sound Department
James Krieger .... post-production audio mixer
Dana Mark McClure .... sound mixer
Brian Riordan .... post audio mixer
Bob Brown .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Miles .... lighting designer
Music Department
Perry Landesberg .... music supervisor
Other crew
Steve Cuiffo .... magic consultant
Michael Dimich .... show director
Flx .... key pa
John Gaughan .... magic consultant
David Genova .... production assistant
Colin Gorman .... production coordinator
Michelle Hall .... script coordinator
Tamar Kuznick .... production coordinator
Raegan Matthews .... assistant to producers
Mark McKenna .... stage manager
Anders Moden .... magic consultant
Hank Neimark .... stage manager
Eric Olsen .... magic consultant
Chuck Reilly .... technical manager
Michelle Stahl .... booth pa
John Uhern .... magic consultant
David Williamson .... magic consultant
Elliot Winick .... site manager

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60 min


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Blaine Does It Again, 8 May 2005
Author: harry-76 from United States

Yes, there may be other magicians and illusionists with more technical skill, but David Blaine has what Houdini had--style.

David proves again that it's not so much what you do as how you do it. Fortunately, Blaine has a very positive vibration, which helps him to communicate to a broad public. In his Vertigo, all he does is stand still in one place without a break for 35 hours. That in itself is unusual, but perched outside on an 80-foot pole with diameter of about a two feet, that's something else!

That it's in mid Manhattan adds to the "stunt." In a city where everything's "a-go-go" all the time, this is an act of defiance--or revelation.

What does it mean? Whatever one wants it to. For instance, "he's crazy" and "he's nuts," to some people; and "he's great" and "he's incredible" to others.

However, the people come out, representing all walks of life. Everyone can comprehend a person standing erect on a 80-foot pole. One doesn't need to speak a certain language, be a member of a particular organization, fall into a specific socio-economic class, or be a certain age.

Just one look up there, and every person is instantly united: a commonality is established. That's what music was supposed to do, but it doesn't seem to any more. That "universal language" has been thwarted with the influx of vastly diverging musical tastes.

But David, standing on that narrow post, so high as to be a tiny silhouette, unties. In his other TV special of street magic he went all over the U.S., ending up in the remotest point of the heretofore unexplored Amazon jungle, doing tricks for the natives, young and old. There was no need for verbal communication: he just showed them, and they understood and responded with amazement.

That's the significance of David Blaine's Vertigo. For 35 hours people came together mentally, emotionally and spiritually in a common bond of fascination and wonder.

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