Mark Jensen writes:
This is exactly what I've come to expect from magic-dumb in general. I constantly hear magicians complaining about the public's perception of us as one step below mimes on the annoyance scale. Then we do something like this.
No matter what you think of David Blaine, Daryl Hannah is a mainstream celeb. When I think of the impression she could have gotten about magicians and the positive press, jobs, etc. that could have been generated versus the opinion she now has...
I can see a number of sides to this tale. The Everyman populist in me wants to say, "Well, David Blaine is no slouch -- he sure as hell can afford to pick up the tab for a day pass to the S.A.M. dealer's room."
The former publicity flack says, "Who'll it hurt to let him in?"
And I have to remember a day when my former boss, a member of the Cabinet who was a retired four-star Army general, once chewed me out after I told him that his giving a speech at West Point wasn't news.
. And David Blaine and Daryl Hannah (a reasonably washed-up star who is coasting on her looks and "Splash" -- quick, name a hit movie she's been in in the last five years) showing up to buy a few tricks at a magician's convention isn't news ... it's a blurb
I'm with Doug Edwards on this one. Given the way Blaine treated a roomful of paid magician attendance at "Magic...Live!" when being interviewed by Max Maven, I'm for making the guy earn his freaking keep. Make him sign autographs for ten minutes while hanging at a a table with all the free cokes he can guzzle before he gets to schmooze among the guys whose chops he'd be lucky to have in ten years.
Blaine is not in the same universe
as Johnny Carson at the Castle. He's no DeNiro, no Nicholson. He's this year's (and 1999's) model so far. Sic transit gloria mundi.
The public notices little nor cares less about whether or not David Blaine is received with open arms or turned away (have you seen a thing about this in the regular press? Uhhhhh ... no) by the annual magician's gathering in the largest media city in the nation. It is a tempest in a tea drop.
But the world of magic has at least put his high-and-mighty-ness on notice that maybe he needs to care about those people who run the show next time he wants to wander in off the street and buy a couple of tricks to impress the nephews of the latest squeeze. Like the waiter told the Senator in Washington, D.C. , who was rebuffed upon asking for an other pat of butter with a "do you know who I am
Said the waiter: "Do you know who I
am? I'm the guy in charge of the butter!"