David Blaine - Death Dealer

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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!!

(Space down about half-the page)



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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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 10:53 AM

Richard Kaufman wrote: 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.


Good point Richard... In that I have rarely watched Criss, I never noticed.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 10:55 AM

I should be talking to David Shortly and I'll see if he wants to comment on the breaks.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 03:18 PM

Because the President has announced a live speech at 9 PM, the Blaine special will air at 9:15 EST & CST. It will still air at 9PM on the west coast.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 09/24/08 04:50 PM

With only hours to go before David Blaine's "Dive of Death" is set to air on ABC, David took time to speak with us by phone. David talked about the medical breaks that many have referred to as cheating, his medical condition, readiness for the final stunt and what moment is his favorite in the broadcast. You canLISTEN ONLINE or, if you subscribe to the show in iTunes, just update and it will download directly to your iPod.
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Postby Larry Barnowsky » 09/24/08 07:30 PM

Blaine is very devious. He's not setting a record for the most time hanging upside down. He's going for the more elusive record of number of tinkles per day in Central Park. The record is still currently held by a homeless guy from the Koch/Dinkens era.
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Postby Mark Paulson » 09/24/08 08:35 PM

I don't know why, but everywhere in the country, the David Blaine special is 2 hours long. Here in Seattle, it is listed as only 1 hour, with a rerun of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy following at 10pm.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/24/08 09:14 PM

Impressive... he gets an intro by ...
Gonna be tough for CA to beat that one on his next TV special.
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Postby Rick Ruhl » 09/24/08 11:18 PM

a dive, then vanish.. poof
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Postby Terry_Holley » 09/24/08 11:19 PM

Huh?
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Postby Larry Barnowsky » 09/24/08 11:23 PM

Another big disappointment from an overhyped stunt.
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