David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist, and endurance artist known for his high-profile stunts and street magic performances. He began his career as a street magician in New York City, performing close-up magic for passersby and gaining recognition for his unique style and approach to magic. In 1997, he released his first television special, "David Blaine: Street Magic," which aired on ABC and showcased his street magic performances. The special was a hit and led to several more television specials, including "David Blaine: Magic Man" (1998), "David Blaine: Frozen in Time" (2000), and "David Blaine: Vertigo" (2002).
In addition to his television specials, Blaine performed several high-profile endurance stunts, including being buried alive for a week, standing on a pillar for 35 hours, and holding his breath for over 17 minutes. These stunts drew significant media attention and helped solidify Blaine's reputation as a leading figure in magic and illusion.
In recent years, Blaine has continued to perform and tour in the United States and internationally. He has also released several books and videos on magic and illusion. Some of his most notable books include:
- "Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic": This book, published in 2002, is a collection of Blaine's reflections on magic and its place in the world, as well as several tricks and illusions that readers can learn and perform.
- "David Blaine's Magic Tricks Revealed": This book, published in 2010, provides detailed explanations and instructions for several tricks and illusions that Blaine has performed throughout his career, including card tricks, street magic, and levitation.
- "David Blaine: Real or Magic?": This book, published in 2013, is a companion book to the television special of the same name. The book features behind-the-scenes stories, photographs from the special, and explanations of some of the tricks and illusions performed in the show.
- "David Blaine's Secret Soldiers": This book, published in 2020, is a collection of magic tricks for kids and is aimed to inspire creativity and curiosity in young readers.
David Blaine has also published several videos and DVDs on performing magic tricks, many of which are based on maneuvers he has conducted in his various shows and specials. He has also been featured in several documentaries about his career and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of magic.