David Blaine White, commonly known as David Blaine, is a famous American film producer and director, actor, magician, stunt performer, as well as an illusionist. David Blaine rose to fame in the 1990s, when he aired on a television special called “David Blaine: Street Magic”, during which he performed various tricks. Blaine brought street magic to a brand new level by employing bystanders to participate in his show. By filming his tricks, David Blaine managed to attract a large audience, while his “Street Magic” special became regarded as one of the best specials on television. Blaine managed to maintain the public’s interest in him by performing more dangerous and extraordinary tricks each time. He secured himself media coverage by informing various media outlets about his magic stunts before he set out to perform them. One of Blaine’s earliest stunts was performed in 1999, when he placed himself in a coffin and was buried under a tank of water. During his performance, Blaine managed to survive seven days in a plastic coffin. In addition to getting a lot of public exposure and media coverage, Blaine’s stunt attracted approximately 75,000 people, who came to witness the event themselves. After his performance, Blaine was deemed to have outdone the famous magician Harry Houdini, who passed away prior to performing the stunt. David Blaine has succeeded at maintaining public interest over the years, as he has continued performing more and more outstanding stunts over the years.
David Blaine Net Worth $12 Million
A well-known illusionist and magician, how rich is David Blaine? Sources state that Blaine’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million, most of this wealth coming from his performances.
David Blaine was born in 1973, New York, United States, then moved with his family to New Jersey when he was a teenager, where he studied at the Passaic Valley Regional High School. Inspired by a magician performing tricks in the subway, Blaine decided to pursue a career as a magician. After the success of his “Street Magic” special and the “Buried Alive” stunt, Blaine decided to shock the public once again, when in 2000 he performed a stunt called “Frozen in Time”. During the stunt, Blaine placed himself in a block of ice, where he stayed for 63 hours. The stunt was performed in Times Square, and attracted thousands of onlookers. Among some of Blaine’s most popular stunts are “Vertigo”, during which he stands on a 100 foot tall pole, “Above the Below”, where he is placed in a box above River Thames, and “Drowned Alive”, during which he intends to survive under water for more than eight minutes.
More recently, in 2013 Blaine aired another television special called “David Blaine: Real or Magic”, during which he performed tricks for such famous people as Katy Perry, Kanye West, Aaron Paul, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and many others. David Blaine has also taken part in numerous charity events and performed magic for children from the “Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” organization.
A famous magician, David Blaine has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Set a new world record on April 30, 2008 when he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4 seconds.
His father was a Vietnam War veteran of half Puerto Rican and half Italian descent, and his mother a school teacher of Russian Jewish ancestry.
Voted the 'Biggest Loser' of 2003 in a British poll for spending 44 days in a box suspended over the River Thames in London, without any food.
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Performs potentially life threatening acts of endurance for the public to witness.
When I was about 19, I shot a tape of me doing magic just to people on the streets, and I would edit together all the reactions and I kept pushing this idea, and then ABC came on board and made my first show.
Whether you're shuffling a deck of cards or holding your breath, magic is pretty simple: It comes down to training, practice, and experimentation, followed up by ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance.
I think magic, whether I'm holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It's practice, it's training, and it's - It's practice, it's training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be.
It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line.
As a kid I used to hold my breath longer than anybody else, and then I heard stories about people accidentally underwater for 45 minutes - how do you recover from that? It's not a miracle. Something allows us to survive.
I don't think you can say something is or isn't magic. That's what was cool about Houdini, because he was a magician who had a magic show, but he was also an escape artist, and they kind of, over time, blended together. They both kind of enhance each other, I think.
I remember my mother had this deck of cards that her mother had given her and that she passed on to me. It was a gypsy tarot deck that I used to carry everywhere.
If I asked you to stand in one spot for 35 hours or a certain length of time, you could do it.
My mother was a teacher, and when she wanted to show me art and literature and science, she'd take me to museums, parks and free exhibitions.
We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe.
Well, I also love magic, which is, you know, different than showmanship. Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder.
I remember finding a Houdini book at the library and seeing an image of him chained on the side of a building. He looked so intense and scary, and I couldn't get that image out of my head. That started building up my love of magic.
I think that when Evel Knievel crashed over the fountain at Caesar's, it kind of gave you a credibility and then anticipation for everything he did.
I thought instead of burying myself under dirt, I'd bury myself under water so everybody could see that you're there.
I'd go to Coney Island to hang out, and I saw a magician doing a rope trick on the boardwalk. I was fascinated. I guess that's how it started.
I'd like to bring magic back to the place it used to be 100 years ago.
I've always liked artists like Chris Burden, who would take performances, put them in galleries, and then do things that were on the edge.
I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people. You know, pushed the boundaries of wonder.
I think anybody can do any of these if they train. I don't recommend it, but anybody could do it if there was a need.
I think everything I do is normal, not paranormal but normal. It's using the power of the mind to achieve whatever we can endure.
I think great whites are the most beautiful and perfect creatures I've ever seen.
I think that ,when you die, you go back to where you came from before you were born. So I don't think death is a bad thing.
Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.
I believe that fear of life brings a greater fear of death.
I consider myself a showman, and I love magic, and I love art, and I love performance, and they're all separate.
I do a lot of research on what people have done in the past.
I have not had time to reflect on my own truths in many years.
I was obsessed with the idea of fasting and isolation.
I'd always wanted to do these types of things - pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it.
My only fear is the unknown.
People haven't even begun to tap into the potential of what the mind is possible of doing. We only use a certain percentage of our brains.
As a kid, I always was obsessed with Houdini.
Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea.
I just believe that the feeling of wonder is amazing. I am pushing myself as far as I can humanly push myself... I can only hope for the best and expect the worse.
My mother encouraged it so much. She was so supportive. Even if as a kid, I would do the dumbest trick, which now that I look back on some things, she would love it, she would say that's amazing, or if I'd make the ugliest drawing, she would hang it up. She was amazing.
In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.
But as they say about sharks, it's not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it's the ones you don't see.