David Blaine! In an aquarium!

93727__blaine_lI have a theory. And my theory is this: Magic isn’t half so magical when the question on spectators’ lips isn’t "How’d he do that?" but rather, "How does he go to the bathroom?"

This has been the case for the last few David Blaine stunts — the block of ice in Times Square, the box over the River Thames, the standing-on-a-pole in Tompkins Square Park, the dating of Fiona Apple. Now he’s going to live in an aquarium outside Lincoln Center.  Add "indefinitely" to that sentence and I’d be intrigued. I’m set to perform a stunt of my own: living in a Blaine-proof Lucite box. (Come by my apartment, tourists, and watch me living miraculously Blaine-free for days on end.)

My stunt will go on forever, but Blaine’s only doing his for a week. The grand finale: He’ll try to hold his breath for more than 8 minutes and 58 seconds, the world record. I have two questions: Did the current record-holder achieve it willingly, or is he also the "swirly" champion of the world? Also: Does Blaine (and, for that matter, Criss Angel) realize just how hilarious he is? Because these guys sure do.

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  • brandonk

    I wonder if he’s really going to hold his breath, thereby setting a new record, or if it’s going to be an illusion…not that I care very much, just a mild curiosity.

  • slambone

    The best and most wonderful magic trick David Blaine could perform would be disapearing forever.
    He is annoying and boring at the same time which I guess is pretty hard to do but not magical.

  • Karla

    It makes one long for – LONG for – GOB. I will only accept illuuuuuusions from that single source – “Poof” magazine be damned.

  • Tommy G

    I’m just curious to see how wrinkled he is after a week in a fish tank. Maybe he’s bucking for the starring role in Aquaman?

  • Eddie

    what is he going to wear? speedo’s ?

  • dma69

    I have to agree. His best trick would be for him to disappear forever. Where’s Doug Henning when you need him?

  • Nicky

    I thimk that the trick is going to cool

  • irene

    i live in the uk and iam wondering will it be shown on tv so we can watch it over here?

  • licoricepirate

    hey, don’t hate … he’s cool … really. xP

  • richard

    y? what are u trying to prove u stupid plank.the street tricks are impressive but trying to be a fish isn’t. boiled blaine hopfully should be on the menu soon.

  • JPC

    Okay, I’ve watched Blaine exhale in the tank and bubbles rise to the top of the sphere. Why isn’t there a BIG exhaled air bubble at the top? Think! It’s all an illusion.

  • Nicolas

    JPC – the trick isn’t that he’s going to hold his breath for a week – he’s breathing apparatus – the trick is that it’s actually very bad for the human body to be immersed for that long, just like it’s very bad not to eat for 40 days. Blaine’s not trying to do magic trick, it’s a test of endurance.
    At the end of the week, he’s going to try to break the world record for holding one’s breath (currently sits at 8mins58secs). From what I’ve heard, however, he won’t be a candidate for the Guinness book of records because since he’s breathing compressed air, that gives him an unfair advantage over others who have tried for the same record.
    It’s better to think of this as performance art – entertaining in it’s own way, not going to change anyone’s life, and not worth worrying about if it’s not your kind of thing. I think it’s entertaining.

  • Salocin

    Baine Envy

    David Blaine’s underwater stunt in New York is generating a lot of commentary and blog entries. Every so often, someone does something that brings the worst in people out of the woodwork, and in this case, everyone appears to have…

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