David Blaine tonight

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David Blaine tonight

Postby Doug Thornton » November 19th, 2013, 5:51 pm

Just a reminder, David Blaine's first special in awhile - with no stunts, just magic - airs tonight 9:30 - 11pm eastern time, ABC.

http://abc.go.com/shows/movies-and-spec ... l-or-magic

Link to previous discussion about his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last week:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43427&p=292451#p292451
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 19th, 2013, 7:22 pm

The Genii will be watching.
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 19th, 2013, 10:16 pm

Unfortunately the Genii is writing, not watching, but gotta love that DVR! Here is an interview with Blaine about the show on Collider:

http://collider.com/david-blaine-real-o ... ore-295967
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Doug Thornton » November 19th, 2013, 11:05 pm

I look forward to seeing comments tomorrow. I liked the show but don't want to spoil anything for folks in other time zones.
BUT - just a heads up - there was a promo that David will be on Nightline which airs on ABC at 12:35 am.
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 19th, 2013, 11:47 pm

David Copperfield will be on Nightline tonight, not David Blaine.
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 19th, 2013, 11:48 pm

I think it's David Copperfield that will be on Nightline tonight, not David Blaine.
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Terry_Holley » November 19th, 2013, 11:55 pm

After Blaine's show tonight they reported it would be Blaine on Nightline! We'll know for sure in about 35 minutes!

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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 19th, 2013, 11:57 pm

Look here:
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wor ... d=20943971
It's Blaine's photo, but read the story and you'll see that it's Copperfield on the show.
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Terry_Holley » November 20th, 2013, 12:09 am

1 hour 22 minutes into the show Blaine appears on a commercial and says, "I'm David Blaine, catch me later on Nightline." Beats me!

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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Steve Bryant » November 20th, 2013, 12:13 am

Great show, California. Don't miss it.

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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Terry_Holley » November 20th, 2013, 12:42 am

Starts with clips from Blaine's TV show but doesn't interview him other than him making a few comments. Then it moves into covering and interviewing Copperfield.

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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby fredreisz » November 20th, 2013, 1:57 am

David Blaine couldn't care less about what I think, but the show felt too much to me like a "Reader's Digest" of closeup magic. After a while I also was just overloaded with clever use of what the video camera does not show. Too much of that for me. Yes, there were good moments but with Blaine everything is a moment, little development, little dramatic buildup, too little theatrical sense. But, hey, it is working very well for him. Peace...Fred *Reisz)
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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby user_241 » November 20th, 2013, 9:51 am

The thing with David Blaine is that his "style" is done purposefully. The whole point he is trying to get across is formlessness. Blaine's magic tricks are simply about the effect. His style is about minimalism. Take away all the theatricality and just show ordinary everyday people magic.

After watching the special last night, my conclusion is that his performance has actually improved over the years. If you compare his the way he presents magic in his most recent special and his older specials, you will see that the flow of the effect is really well done.

At the end of the day, Blaine's magic isn't really about the effect. I recall Penn & Teller saying how Blaine was the first one to turn the cameras on the spectators. Blaine's magic is about the spectators just as much as we, as magician's enjoy watching the effect.

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Re: David Blaine tonight

Postby Brian Morton » November 20th, 2013, 11:02 pm

Blaine's lack of expression is a performance choice (and it works for him). That he now throws in a smile shows more of a performer secure in his skin than in his younger day. He admits in this Yahoo interview that he adopts this affectation for a reason:

"Even though I do magic and I'm always very stonefaced, I'm actually vicariously living through people's reactions," he explains. "That's the addiction to what I do."


http://screen.yahoo.com/daily-shot-with ... 00316.html


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