David Blaine

David Blaine is sitting in a perspex box at the end of our road. It’s very strange indeed. He seems to have decided it’ll be cool to spend 44 days without food or real contact with the outside world. Lots of people have been going down to look at him and a few have been tormenting him. I went down yesterday just as he decided he needed to go to the loo. Given that he’s in a perspex box, this is a bit difficult. He’s got a plastic tube and made himself decent with the use of a sheet. I’ll be intrigued to see if he manages to stay decent three weeks in when he’s really losing it. Anyway, we took some pictures at the weekend.

17 Replies to “David Blaine”

  1. I find the public’s reaction (basically, taking the piss out of him, cheering when he’s gone for a wee and taunting him with food) really heartwarming. I’m so fed up with the unquestioned worship of ‘celebrities’, whoever they are and whatever they do. Sky have said that they are disappointed that he isn’t being taken seriously, but what were they expecting? Women fainting? People tearing their hair out?

  2. Without exception, the people who have thrown eggs and golf balls at him, and banged drums noisily under him and stuff, have done so because they say he makes really boring tv. It’s true. I can hardly believe they’re showing this on Sky. It’s small, a bit sordid and just wierd: here’s a homeless-looking man in a grubby plastic box with an old duvet, occasionally waving his arms around and mumbling to himself, deciding not to eat for 6 1/2 weeks. It should be some sort of political or religious statement, but it’s not.

    The crowd are almost as interesting to watch. Mostly teenage european students. Backpacks and all. Staring, gazing, looking for something… recognition they are watching. When he sits up they cheer.

    No Londoner actually asked him to dangle right there. I think it’s quite fair they bother him back. Just who does he think he is, really? He should have expected it. He’s vulnerable in that box, and celebrities rarely are.

  3. I was surfing the net looking for David Blaine info’ and came across this.

    I disagree. Celebrities are always vulnerable. The desire to be famous in itself is a vulnerability. You are constantly at risk of being subsumed by a drug addiction, alcohol problem or torn to shreds by the media, not to mention the stalking, hate mail, fickle fashions and your livelihood is almost entirely dependent on your audience and the media reaction to what you do. How can a celebrity not be vulnerable.

    Perhaps, by doing this, DB is just pushing the boundaries of entertainment. A different story entirely.

  4. I agree they are always vulnerable, but I think they appear to not be so. They are thought of as ‘larger than life’. In this case, David Blaine will instead be smaller. And thinner.

  5. Hahahaha, just read this on Hotmail’s Blainewatch:

    Day 5:
    In the early hours, two teenagers and a man shine laser pens at the box. Blaine, thinking that the red lights mean he could be shot at by snipers, panics… Later in the day, the Grim Reaper from the nearby London Dungeon says a cheery hello in full costume.

    Gosh. Londoners, eh?

  6. I think Mark is right in saying that celebrities are vulnerable, but not to the ‘general public’. They’re normally protected by bodyguards and certainly not in a glass box anyone can go and gawp at. As for the idea that he’s ‘pushing the boundaries of entertainment’… what form of enternaiment did he have in mind? I think the only form of entertainment he’s provided is acting as a target for eggs and sausages, which is great if you like throwing things at famous people, but it’s probably not what he expected.

  7. I would like to comment on this david blaine stunt. he may be a celeb, but he’s out to prove certain points, that are obviously not being understood by the european crowd. david blaine is not a common celeb. i’ve had the honor to meet him on numerous occasions. he is simply a man amazed by the art of magic. now obviously magic not meaning true, but he’s amazed by the power of making people believe something as real due to them witnessing the event. now, when he’s does his stunt’s, not tricks. he’s seeking many things, including personal enlightenment. i asked him once before why he does the outlandish stunts that he does, especially due to their serious health risks. he wants to show that human mind is the strongest force that has ever existed. it was the human mind that created the things that allow us to live life happily,fearfully, forcefully, passively. he feels that by both proving to himself and others that you can control so much with your mind, that maybe we can better our lives in so many ways. i’m sorry for those who don’t know david, and understand his mindset. i know him, and even then don’t always understand him. but for the love of any human, even if he never proves anything to you, let him prove these things to himself.

  8. He would reach personal enlightenment if he went and did this in a cave, and showed some humility about it. He’s stopping the traffic on Tower Bridge. This is not humble. I had great hopes for it to start with, I thought it would be something quite awesome, but it’s turned into a pathetic media circus. I go down there quite often and see it.

    People seem to have got out of hand now trying to get at him, with one man climbing up the crane and trying to pull his water pipe off. It’s just a dumb crowd mentality down there, because it’s boring entertainment. This is billed as entertainment and I think fundamentally that clashes with any serious spiritual (thought not religious in this case) intention. He could have locked himself away in a dungeon somewhere, with a single camera, and no gawping crowds, and we could watch and wonder on tv. It could have been made personal, direct, quiet. Instead it looks like attention seeking of the worst kind. I sit there and wonder what’s in the water, I really do, and I feel that for this to work, that shouldn’t have even crossed my mind.

  9. Disagree with celine –

    I do think he is infact pushing the boundries of enterntainment…for one thing is giving all of you (and me for this moment) something to chat about, discuss, criticize, whatever – thus killing time that otherwise may have been empty, hence entertained –

    If his intent was to wow you, he would be shooting live rabbits on fire out of his ass, but obviously his concept of enterntainment is based on the ability of a person(s) to keep atention on a subject or a particular thing –

    The purpose of all art making belies in its ability to create an effect – an emotional, spiritual or intellectual effect, despite of the message, despite it being possitive or negative –

    I think there is something to say for a man who is not singing, not dancing, not talking, not even eating, yet has had the power to draw so many vas a spectrum of reactions from people – and if that’s not pushing the boundries of entertainment, well then i don’y know what is –

  10. I DO THINK THAT THROUGH THE MEDIA ONE CAN CONVEY A PRETTY POWERFUL SPIRITUAL MESSAGE –

    WHAT OTHER VENUE COULD GIVE YOU THE ABILITY TO REACH SO MANY AT ONCE –

    HE IS SPEAKING TO THE SOUL OF ALL OF US AND THERE IS TRUELLY SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT A MAN THAT IS TELLING US THAT WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS IMPOSSIBLE IS INFACT POSSIBLE – THAT WE CAN INDEED CONDITION OURSELVES TO BE STRONGER THAT WE EVER THOUGHT – AND IT TAKES BUT ONE MAN TO SHOW US THAT SIMPLE YET GRAND TRUTH

  11. I have met David. He is a wonderful, honest, humble man with the soul and mind of a person you do not find in the modern world we live in. London. Makes me think about how juvinile the people living in the city are. NOT everyone…but then again, in my society to act in such foolish ways clues in to a larger cultural issue. In America, no one would throw eggs, golf balls, shoot lasers, and attempt some of the foolish things that have been going on. Boredom you say? Well do something productive and better the world in some way. If it bores you so then why pay attention? If you think it is foolish, why pay attention? You only feed the fuel to this flame and his shines very bright. I hope in the end when he rises and his voice is heard, and you can wittness some of the greatest magic in modern times, you will see the foolishness of your actions. David~peace be with you.

  12. I find this a very inspirering stunt as a person looking for something different in life . It has revealed a lot about the european mentallity contra the american .
    I think sceptisism is very good but sometimes we must belive in good . Just focus on this amazing idea being brought to life, and be inspired . What have I done in my life that maches up to this ?
    Forget all the nonsense and look for whats behind , if you know what I mean .

  13. Great at entertaining us with the occasssional bit of street magic, that levitation stunt really had me gobsmacked and looking for the strings, but really, the God complex really has to go. David, learn to laugh at urself!

  14. I think this is Dave’s way of getting girls, might even work.

    But magic?

    Nah, cheap tricks that’s all

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