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.
David Blaine: Where's the Magic?
Magician David Blaine