David Blaine is an undisputed master of magic, illusion and endurance. He has broken several Guinness World records, been entombed in ice and gone 44 days without food. He’s been ‘buried alive’ and ‘drowned alive’ and after his latest stunt he is lucky to still be alive as he was electrocuted by a tesla coil.
Still only 39 years old Blaine has achieved massively. He is the Houdini of our time. Before the feats of endurance he performs now, David Blaine was a street magician. He performed close up magic and mind reading tricks to strangers in the street.
Blaine first became interested in magic when he was 4 years old. He moved to New Your to perform magic when he was 17. His early street magic videos were remarkable because of his calm persona and the focus on audience reaction. At the time using the camera in this way was ground breaking. The next generation of street magicians such as Dynamo use similar techniques both in their magic and in the way they use the camera.
Many of Blaine’s early forays in front of the camera were captured in David Blaine – Street Magic [DVD] . You can view the whole DVD on Youtube, the first vid is below. It is well worth a watch for an introduction to David Blaine’s street magic.
In ‘Street Magic’ Blaine performs a number of mind reads, here is a compilation of some, its worth watching the whole video to see them all though:
He does card predictions, predicts names and makes images and names appear on his skin. The reactions he gets from the mind reading and mentalism tricks are some of the strongest in ‘Street Magic’. Just check out the kid when a 4 of Hearts appears on Blaine’s shoulder
David Blaine has released his own set of mind reading marked cards which are available with instructions:
Performers of magic and mentalism have different interests and peruse different paths. It would be nice to see Blaine performing more mentalism feats in future, however you can’t deny he is a master of endurance and has indeed set world records to prove it. Think about where your strengths lie. Work on them and you too can be a great performer.
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