David Blaine: Vertigo (TV Movie 2002) Poster

(2002 TV Movie)

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Blaine Does It Again
leslieadams8 May 2005
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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David Blaine: Vertigo
jboothmillard21 October 2009
Warning: Spoilers
David Blaine is one of the oddest magicians/stunt men I know, I don't know what to make of him, and yet he is mesmerising. I think this was his second or third big stunt, where he stood on a not-too wide pole somewhere in New York for one and a half days without food or sleep. When the time had run out, he jumped off and landed on a massive pile of cardboard boxes, he left with only a little concussion. The show of course also features Blaine doing some of his miraculous street magic, including amazing empty coke can and jewellery shop window tricks. Look out for appearances by porn actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie and late actor Christopher Reeve. Very good!
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