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David Blaine: Magic Versus Celebrity

By November 9, 2012

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According to a recent news story, David Blaine entertained a crowd that was waiting to be fed after a restaurant decided to cook and distribute its inventory in the wake of superstorm Sandy (the generators were failing). Blaine was apparently riding by on his motorcycle and came upon the crowd and decided to help out by entertaining the crowd with tricks, even borrowing a deck of cards.

I applaud Blaine for taking the time to help. But do crowds under stress really want to see magic? I understand that great entertainment can help to alleviate a bad situation. But I'm wondering whether the crowds welcomed Blaine the celebrity, or his magic. Would another magician performing tricks been welcome in the same situation? Not taking anything away from Blaine for his consideration and generosity, but I think it was celebrity.

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November 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm
(1) robert saphier says:

Would you please thank that nice man who showed us his magic tricks as we waited in line for more than an hour in the cold for a free meal? Superstorm Sandy caused us so much heartache that it was a really welcomed relief to be entertained by someone willing to take the time to share his talents with us. He took our minds off of our worries. I don’t know who he was, but apparently you do. Would you please thank him for us?

November 14, 2012 at 10:39 am
(2) Bill says:

Ok-You are on a magician’s blog site, but you didn’t know that the magician at the event was David Blaine? Please….how dumb do you think we are?

I think it’s nice that Blaine performed for those people. But I don’t believe it was an accident that he was there. I think it was a chance for free publicity.
He’s rich and famous-did he actually use his money or celebrity to help anybody?

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