David Blaine - Death Dealer

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Postby Ray T. Stott » 09/13/08 09:26 PM

It's not about the magic; it's about the daily box office gross.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/13/08 09:37 PM

That's one of the better stories on Blaine in ages (from the Evening Telegraph in London).
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Postby Andrew Charles » 09/16/08 12:40 PM

Wow. Awesome article.

Can't wait for the new special. I'm excited to hear there will be more traditional magic but I love the stunts too for exactly the reason that article hinted at.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/18/08 07:39 AM

We located the first TV Commercial for the special and have posted it HERE
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/18/08 02:43 PM

Look for something unexpected from us at Magicnewswire.com in the next hour or so!
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Postby Jim Maloney » 09/18/08 02:47 PM

Is it really unexpected if you're telling us to expect it? ;)

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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/18/08 03:29 PM

Heh... now it IS expected.. we are posting an interview with Blaine regarding his special in a few minutes. Blaine will begin his endurance stunt (60 hours hanging upside down) on Monday Morning at 8:30 AM during Good Morning America. The show airs on Wednesday night at 9PM and lasts for 2 hours. According to David, it will be much more focused on magic than more recent shows.

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Postby Jim Maloney » 09/18/08 03:37 PM

Magic Newswire wrote:According to David, it will be much more focued on magic than more recent shows.


That's what he said last time!

Seriously, though, I'm looking forward to this...both the special and your interview.

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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/18/08 07:52 PM

Blaine's interview is NOW ONLINE for your listening pleasure!
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/19/08 12:53 PM

If anyone is planning to be in NYC during the Blaine event and wishes to try and connect with our video reporter when he's in the park, please email me at magicnewswire@gmail.com and we'll see if we can coordinate a meet-up allowing for magic observers to comment on the stunt.

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Postby Seeker » 09/19/08 01:05 PM

I sent you an e-mail about being there at the stunt.

Let me know if you are interested.

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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/20/08 12:30 AM

Thanks!
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/20/08 11:24 AM

Any additional guesses as to the nature of the "amazing ending" to dive of death. I keep hearing bullet catch..
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Postby Travis » 09/20/08 11:29 AM

According to David, he is here in Orlando this weekend meeting with Carl Skenes regarding his famous real bullet catch.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/20/08 11:48 AM

BTW.. I justposted an article that may hint as to Blaine's reasons for changing the stunt from one of sleep deprivation to the "Dive of Death."
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Postby Andrew Charles » 09/20/08 12:03 PM

The poster for this (as seen on magicnewswire and itricks) is outstanding.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/20/08 01:07 PM

It is one of the better ones. BTW, got an email about the bullet catch and found a brief audio clip of blaine discussing it. Apparently, he's catching a bullet today in Orlando.. Who knew?!
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Postby Travis » 09/21/08 02:23 AM

Didn't I just mention that a couple of posts previous?
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/21/08 12:50 PM

Travis wrote:Didn't I just mention that a couple of posts previous?


Yep... you sure did Travis.. I was pointing out that there was an audio clip of David discussing it.
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Postby Travis » 09/21/08 02:03 PM

Gotcha, Dodd.
You said "Who knew?" so I suppose I was re-iterating that I knew.

Love the interviews you're providing on your site. Keep 'em coming.
Would love to hear some with Jim Steinmeyer, John Gaughan, and Mike Caveney.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/21/08 02:33 PM

Thanks Travis!

Many more in the works.

Already have an appointment with the Caveman. Working to schedule some time with Jim and have emailed John.

Cross your fingers...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/21/08 03:43 PM

Here's an AP article on CNN's website about the potential for Blaine going blind:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/09/21/d ... index.html
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/22/08 12:16 AM

Justin Style has been gracious enough to volunteer to be our reporter on the scene. He'll be there daily and we have arranged for him to have press access. We'll see if it proves to be interesting...

Justin would love to meet with everyone interested at the site so email me at magicnewswire@gmail.com for details and post here where Justin can respond with details on connecting with you for video/audio interviews.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/22/08 09:21 AM

Blaine's Bat Stunt began this morning on Good Morning America. WATCH IT HERE
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Postby mai-ling » 09/22/08 09:58 AM

if blaine survives being upside, he'll have to
try holding his breathe under water again.
since his record was broken last week.
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Postby Travis » 09/22/08 12:08 PM

Who broke the record? And by how much? I've not heard about this. Did it make news?
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Postby Steve V » 09/22/08 01:21 PM

I want to point out that the German fellow broke the record and came out of the water without any of the dramatics that some are known for.
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Postby mai-ling » 09/22/08 01:24 PM

it was done live on Regis & Kelly this past Friday.
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Postby Travis » 09/22/08 01:37 PM

Simply amazing.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/23/08 09:26 AM

David has confirmed that his recent bullet Catch will be included in the ABC Special which will air tomorrow night on ABC.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/23/08 09:33 AM

9pm EST good time slot. Here's hoping the show gets folks to change the channel unless they're already enjoying "dancing with the stars".
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/23/08 11:08 AM

In addition, I spoke to an obviously exhausted Blaine by phone this morning. Listen Here
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/23/08 03:01 PM

You can now take the David Blaine challenge. Blaine's stunt coordinators have arranged for fans to hang upside down with Blaine to get a feel for what he is enduring. READ MORE
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Postby CraigMitchell » 09/24/08 06:38 AM

Some are accusing Mr Blaine of cheating - heaven forbid ;-)

http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/6884

"I arrived at 9am this morning to find him on the platform, and he stayed there for 20 minutes. I watched the time. And while this was happening, I asked a security guard what he thought about it. He told me, yeah, it's kind of cheap, isn't it? I asked him how many breaks he's seen him take this morning, and the guard told me "3, maybe 4, since 8 when I arrived." So that's 3-4 breaks in like an hour and a half. A few minutes after I had this conversation, he went back upside down. Probably only for about 10 minutes before going BACK on the platform again. The doctor even took off his boots this second time. And the doctor also kept checking him out, but it seemed like he was moving very slow. Checking all of his straps, boots, seriously moving very slow, obviously so he could stay on the platform as long as possible without looking like a complete liar."
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 08:44 AM

David has indicated that there were scheduled breaks that were required throughout the stunt. The longest are the times when he urinates and they change the catheter/bag etc. As announced yesterday, the stunt crew set up a rig to allow people to try it for themselves. Most reported that three minutes was the max.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 09:13 AM

Here's a quote from his reps:

He discovered that his chosen endurance test is a painful one. His spokeswoman has said that he discovered he was not able to drink upside down or to urinate and so hourly breaks became necessary.
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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 09/24/08 09:30 AM

The GOOD thing is that he's learned to read upside-down!!

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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/200 ... nes_f.html
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 09:50 AM

Adrian Kuiper wrote: The GOOD thing is that he's learned to read upside-down!!

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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/200 ... nes_f.html


Ha! Love this quote from David:
"I'm not going to pee all over myself to satisfy those people," he said as he dangled like a bat Tuesday night. "It's pretty hard-core, worse than I thought."
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/24/08 10:29 AM

These types of stunts have the great potential for negative health consequences. I didn't like the self-starving stunt, but I'm slowly being won over. Frankly, if his doctor says he needs to take some breaks and he's smart enough to come down for them, that's a sign of good mental health. The fact that he HAS to come down indicates the difficulty of the stunt.

No one has commented on this, but note the timing of the stunt and show on ABC: if Criss Angel Believe had been on its original schedule, Blaine would be stealing all of his airtime and publicity right now.
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