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On 2004-02-03 17:49, Deceptionguy wrote:
What I do not understand is why did he use plants (yes, I happen to know this fact)

Please, fill us in on your "Inside" info!!!!
I'm willing to bet that you have no "Insde" info, just like every other cat who claims to "Know for a fact" about David Blaine's effects.

(when is the last time you saw him do any kind of magic trick)?

On every special he releases.
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With respect to Blaine, it always seemed to me that there were three elements to magic: showmanship, misdirection and technique: and Blaine does the first very well. I'm sure there's a little bit of creative editing from time to time in the specials, but let's face it you'd be mad not to do that in a special.

Blaine's not really my cup of tea, and when I think of street magicians I tend to think of Gazzo, Cellini and Sheridan. However, because of showmanship and connections - the public tend to think of him and he's worked hard for that to happen. He's also given the art enormous publicity.

Of course, I don't think Blaine is ever going to be the magician's street magician - but I don't think he aspires to that. Overall, I think he's a positive influence... The main objections to him seem to come from magicians who know some of the technical shortcomings, and given the focus of his work on the public and not magicians, maybe those who 'sledge' him for the editing etc. are being unfair to him.

After all, in the music world there are bands that are live bands and recording studio bands - I just think Blaine is in the latter category magically even though he purports to be 'live'.
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I have to admit that David Blaine is what got me back into magic a couple of months ago after a big break since childhood. It's not that I want to emulate him, it's just he reminded me of how cool card magic was and he rekindled my interest. The only trick I can think of off-hand that I saw that I wanted to learn is the Ambitious Card, but even then I'm studying Oz Pearlman's version and not Blaine's.

I had a lot more respect for Blaine after I saw his first TV show recently. Until then I just thought he was that fruitcake on a hunger strike above the Thames river.
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Blaine does an excellent job at putting together TV specials that blow the lay people away.
What I enjoy is when people ask me if I know that "one trick Blaine did", and I proceed to do it for them. I usually get a HUGE reaction because they got to see it infront of their face, and it convinces them that the magic he's doing isn't camera tricks. This will help me with the next trick I do for them.
In terms of stooges that Blaine uses - yeah probably. His presentation style is still fun to watch, and I enjoy watching him to get ideas for my own performances.
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On 2004-01-31 20:53, daffydoug wrote:
I really like David Blaine. I wouldn't say I'm a Blaineaholic, but I really do enjoy watching his performances.

I also have his dvd. I watch it often. But what really baffles me is not the tricks themselves, as the fact that he is somehow secretly performing some kind of covert operations. Or so it seems. that's the only conclusion I can draw.

I'm speaking about the time when he supposedly doesn't know any bodys name, and suddenly, the name will appear on his arm, or on a taxi cab, or in another case, the image of the guys girlfriend appears on Blaines stomach.

the name on the taxi was a mistake that wasn't meant to happen, some kids where said to of spray painted it on!!! the name was a coincedense
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Blaine does some cold reading, and he's okay at it. The deal is, there's a whole lot of editing with these shows, and there might be stooges. He probably filmed these mental effects hundreds of times before finding one that worked. But keep in mind his performance style is very unorthodox, and his presentation allows the audience to become more susceptible to verbal control, and makes it easier for him to read people.
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Annemann said it was perfectly acceptable to use six s*****s, if necessary, to convincingly fool a seventh spectator. Blaine used three-a man, a woman, and a taxi driver-and he fooled millions. Including a lot of 'magicians' it seems...

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What ever!

Blaine is very entertaining and that's the bottom line. He is popular and has done a world of good for all magicians regardless of their skills. He is a walking sandwich board that screams Magic is Fun to Watch!

Good tricks to all.
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I was just going to sit back and read these posts, but then I saw the name of "The Almighty DC" Profaned. It is completely possible vanish the Statue of Liberty without resorting to the Masked Magician's method. There doesn't have to be any audience involvement. Honestly, if they were going to choose stooges, you'd think they would have chosen more animated/ more eloquent people ("It just went" or "I have never seen a statue of liberety disappear the way that this one has." are some notable examples of poor speaking ability). Just remember that there is more than one way to vanish a statue. Well, now that that was said, I hope that you were just kidding.

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Is it just me , or does Blaine's perfromance style seem really annoying and grating sometimes? I don't think hes that good and have a hard time watching him get through a trick.
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