How much is David Blaine worth?
|Net Worth:||$45 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 4, 1973|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is David Blaine
Best known for his television specials and well-promoted physical stunts, David Blaine is among the best known magicians in the world.
He was born David Blaine White in 1973 in Brooklyn, New York and began his magic career performing close-up tricks. After filming his act, he landed his first television special. When he first appeared on television, most magicians had never heard of the young entertainer.
Stunts Vs. Magic
While the first special, “David Blaine: Street Magic” featured close-up magic performed on the streets of well-known cities, his later specials inspired large-scale physical stunts that Blaine used as promotions, but eventually became the focus of later programs. Blaine has been recognized for making magic appeal to a younger generation.
In 1999, Blaine resided for seven straight days inside a glass coffin that was submerged in an open pit in New York City. As he would do in future stunts, spectators were free to walk up and observe him. And the open nature of these stunts would prove to be irresistible to the media. In a sense, Blaine is a modern-day Houdini who may not perform the grand escapes of the master from some 70 years before, but has proven to be a wizard at promotion.
Frozen in Time and Vertigo
In 2000, Blaine stood in a hollowed-out block of ice in Times Square, New York. He stood in his icy cell for almost 62 hours. In 2002, Blaine stood atop a 90-foot pole in Bryant Park, New York City. Blaine stood on the tiny platform for over 34 hours. At the end of his ordeal, he jumped onto a landing pad that consisted of cardboard boxes.
In his most criticized stunt, in 2003, Blaine began a 44-day fast while suspended in a plexiglass case that was suspended over the south bank of London’s River Thames.
Life in a Fish Bowl
“Drowned Alive,” had Blaine living in a literal fish bowl in front of New York’s Lincoln Center. He resided in his watery sphere, an aquarium for all practical purposes, for seven days and then tried to break the world-record for holding one’s breath (eight-minutes and 58 seconds). After attempting an escape at the same time, Blaine failed.
Dive of Death
His most recent stunt was called “Dive of Death,” which had him hanging upside down for some 60 hours, and near the end of his special, he performed a version of the famous bullet catch.
Escape artist and magician Curtis Eugene Lovell II wants to prove that David Blaines greatest illusion is fooling the public. In a recent announcement, Lovell criticized Blaine for his lackluster performances and challenged him to a duel to test his skill and entertainment value.
The setup would be simple. Each escape artist performs a dangerous stunt in front of a live audience on national television.
After each performance, viewers get to choose the routine that was more entertaining and stunning.
Master of Deceipt
Blaines mastery is only his ability to manipulate the public into believing he is attempting dangerous escapes when in reality, he is performing beginner level-type stunts, says Lovell. He has not attempted any sort of stunt that is complex and that others cant perform. He plays the death-card scenario to cause drama and attract attention, while making a mockery of the magic industry. Blaine has tricked the public into believing he is one of the greatest illusionist of all time and I want to prove to the public that he is a fake.
According to Lovell, since Blaines last stunt, in which he attempted to hold his breath underwater for nine minutes, his reputation as a master of illusions has started to falter. And over the last several years, other illusionists from around the world have also questioned his so-called stunts as well as his fondness for commercialism.
“Houdini built his reputation on performing death-defying escapes and magic tricks by pushing the envelope, said Lovell. Blaine is not pushing the envelope, instead, he takes simple stunts and calls them dangerous challenges in order to push his public image. Houdini would be very unimpressed and disappointed as a master escape artist.”
To present the challenge, Lovell contacted Blaine last week through a certified letter. Lovell said he welcomes Blaine to take him on anytime and anywhere.
Lovells stunts have had him lifted 50 feet in the air above buildings, chained to two steel plates and then submerged into oceans and rivers. His biggest spectacle is the Cube of Death, a stunt that he says lead to the demise of the great Harry Houdini in 1926. Lovell can also be seen cutting and dicing the worlds most famous heiress, Paris Hilton, in her television reality show, The Simple Life. In addition, he recently released his first instructional magic DVD, Poof! You are a Magician.