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Is Blaine’s Greatest Illusion Fooling the Public?

By June 20, 2006

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Escape artist and magician Curtis Eugene Lovell II wants to prove that David Blaine’s 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.

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June 27, 2006 at 11:10 am
(1) ED Cherney says:

Only a FOOL would accept such ridiculous challenge…bemeaning hi/her own Image.

This is only a Publicity Stunt to garner 15-mnutes fame by tagging their name to someone publically well-known

As for Blaine being a “Magician’…hah (just a trick huker with a good Public Relations man at the hekm.

Magically…
The Amazing Mister-’C’

June 27, 2006 at 11:20 am
(2) TheCaffeinator says:

Oh, yay. Another whiny, jealous “entertainer” with little-to-no public exposure relative to Blaine is attempting to boost his own popularity with a misguided attempt at Blaine-bashing. Wow. I can’t wait.

What a bunch of blather. Lovell either doesn’t “get” Blaine or is deliberately misrepresenting what Blaine has acheived in order to give some sort of raison d’etre to his “challenge.”

And as far as Houdini’s opinion of Blaine is concerned…well, Houdini is dead. He doesn’t have an opinion of Blaine. What’s more, what Houdini acheived belongs to another time…another era. Personally, if I was going to speculate on what Houdini would think of Blaine (even though it just doesn’t matter), I’d guess that Houdini would envy Blaine for acheiving the kind fo success as a magician that he himself always strove for and fell short of attaining. As an escape artist, he had no equal in his time; as a magician…well…

And as far as Lovell’s challenge is concerned, it just stupid…a Criss Angel-esque” snatch at the brass ring. It’s an apples and oranges comparison at best…Blaine never presented himself as an “escape artist.” None of his stunts had anything to do with “escaping” from anything; they were all about personal endurance — Blaine’s ability to withstand a stressful situation, not escape from it.

As for the entertainment value of Blaine’s performances…Lovell needs to stop mistaking his opinion with that of the rest of the majority of Blaine’s viewing audience.

June 27, 2006 at 11:29 am
(3) Perseo says:

I do not remember finding myself comparing Van Gogh with Picasso or Madona with Spears, I mean each one is unique just like unique are their artistic manifestations. The same way David Blaine´s entertainment art is unique as well as his new performance aproach, and trying to compare with him is just trying to use mr. Blaine´s fame just to get a news headline.

mr. Curtis Eugene Lovell II (the looonng looonng name)… If you are so good just do your job and let the viewers to decide !

June 27, 2006 at 11:56 am
(4) Doug James says:

Magic is not a television artform. Blaine and Angel have been successful utilizing the medium but there is still the question of ‘television magic’… is it fake?
Blaine and Angel would be much more credible if you saw them levitatiing live. I wish that they would tour.
Copperfield and his peers do it live.
The shows are accessible to anyone who wishes to watch. The touring show is truly magic.
Houdini discovered that movies did not make him believable. Television is nice entertainment but not really magic. Too much can be changed.
On the other hand, television shows have created a resurgence in magic interest.
Do the challenge but in a large public venue.
DJ

June 27, 2006 at 12:38 pm
(5) Nick Maggio says:

Last time I looked, one of the definitions of Magic IS “fooling the public.”

As to the challenge: “hogwash.”

As to Blaine’s talents as a magician, I’ve seen much, much better and much worse.

TV magic ( as defined by Blaine and Angel ) leaves me feeling violated.

June 27, 2006 at 5:44 pm
(6) Amazing_Gordo says:

Copperfield was the man that originally made magic popular on TV. We have seen Blaine’s Balducci, which was modified with camera work prior to being aired. Even a lot of Criss Angel’s stuff from his second season is looking like stooges and camera tricks exclusively.

But I have seen Copperfield perform live a number of times, and he does the same stuff from his TV specials. I wonder if the same could be said for Angel & Blaine?

As for that publicity seeking jabronie’s challenge to Blain, Angel challenged him the same way last year, and Blaine punked out then. Why should he stand up now?

June 27, 2006 at 6:21 pm
(7) TheCaffeinator says:

“Copperfield was the man that originally made magic popular on TV….”

Really? On what planet? Let’s talk about Paul Daniels, Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, Kreskin…and this is just a few magicians I remember on TV (long before Copperfield) from my childhood. I’m sure others could add to the list. And let’s not get started about Copperfield and camera tricks…vanishing the Statue of Liberty anyone? I don’t want to take anything away from Copperfield’s popularity or acheivements…but let’s get our facts straight.

I like to think that Blaine ignored Angel’s challenge because he doesn’t need to prove himself by getting caught up in needless preening and posturing…and that he’ll ignore Lovell for the same reasons.

June 27, 2006 at 11:44 pm
(8) Lee Koecke says:

Is Blaine a good magician? YES
Is he a good Showman? Lets look at his usual “patter” while showing a trick…
“Hey you want to see something?…..
Look…Watch…Look….Watch..Watch…
Watch…Look…Look….Watch…Look…
Watch”
Wow!! Now thats Great Patter!! No wonder I never hit the “Big Time”!

June 28, 2006 at 11:29 am
(9) Mike Palma says:

Saw a Chris Rock show on HBO the other night. Chris summed up Blaine with the following line. “David Blaine the only TRICKLESS magician in the world. Imagine a magician with a TV special and doesn’t do any tricks!”
Rock seems to be onto something.

June 29, 2006 at 1:37 am
(10) Eddy says:

Personally, I find Blaine’s personality, or “stage presence” to be akin to a wet gym sock. I much prefer Criss Angel…kinda hip and kinda creepy…but as far as a challenge goes, let’s bring it on, any publicity for magic can only be good for the art form ultimately. By the way, when mentioning magicians on tv, I remember Harry Blackstone and Harry Jr. (Not to mention the professor.)

June 29, 2006 at 2:54 pm
(11) Corey says:

Lovell accuses him of performing “fake” magic.. where Blaine is in no “real” danger.. and fooling the public into thinking he is a master magician.
Hmm.. a magician who performs seemingly dangerous stunts..
A magician who “fools” the public into being entertained.
A magician who manipulates publicity to his advantage…
THIS sounds like a recipe for success in the magic field… not something to criticize. Lovell should take some hints for his own success instead of jumping on Blaines coat tails.

June 30, 2006 at 4:02 am
(12) Jay says:

Its pretty black and white when it comes to using illusions and deception to make people believe that you are pulling off a dangerous and death defying stunt then just plainly having big brass you know whats. If that was the case, then why dont they just have Joe Rogen invite them on Fear Factor and duke it out there. That is what Lovell is looking for anyway right? Air time and whos more “macho”? I agree with what the other commentators mentioned. He’s just looking to get some publicity and make his name heard. He couldnt achieve it alone so he has to piggy back on someone thats established his name on TV. I give props to Blain and Angel. They did it using thier talent, weather you think either of them suck at magic or not, they did it to box. How many other magicians out there landed a TV series or even a show on national TV? Not many. You would have to be really good, unique and entertaining such as the previous names mentioned above by other commentators. Oh there was that one dork “the masked magician” (Val Valentino) who so deparately wanted to be known he went as far as reveling secrets (thats a whole new subject).
Lets not forget that magic was made to entertain and leave the audience or spectator in awe. Not to see who has the biger brass you know whats…

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