David Blaine's Boring Stunt

I've been involved with magic since I was a kid and throughout the years, the most entertaining thing for me about magic was watching a magician blow his big trick. I am both horrified and amused at the same time. Cringing at the thought of that happening to me and how embarrassing it must be for the magician - then laughing my ass off at the poor saps misfortune.

So needless to say I was as giddy as a little girl when I watched the footage of Blaine's big DIVE OF DEATH - the finale of which was apparently a spectacular failure.

"I had dreamed up the most amazing ending for a stunt ever," Blain said afterwards.

The plan was to have him jump from a platform above the stage, fall 44 feet towards the ground and then be "swept away" by a bunch of helium-filled balloons.

The UK Site, Holy Moly has a great description of the stunt as it happened:
Gasp as the wires holding him lower him gently towards the floor! Marvel as he swings aimlessly about for a few minutes like a broken Angel Gabriel in a rubbish village hall Nativity play! Puzzle how he disappears from view into the dark night behind some blankets! Finally despair that he'll probably be planning another shite money-making stunt at this exact moment.

"I know that it didn't work right when all my friends called up and said, 'Wait, what happened? I'm confused'."

Gee, ya think, Dave?

Naturally, I didnt tune in to watch the TWO HOUR borefest, but the YouTube video below sums up the botched stunt. I love the announcer in the show who sounds so excited to see a guy jump into the air attached by a harness.

Tune in next time when Blaine will perform some other fantastically asinine, contrived stunt. Maybe he'll even do a few balloon animals or something.

Here's the video. If you want to watch the over-done bullet catch stunt, watch from the begining. Otherwise zip forward to the 5:25 mark for the big LEAP of DEATH!

And the best part: NOBODY WATCHED IT OR GAVE A RATS ASS. The show brought it at best, 7.7 million viewers, according to the Neilsen overnight ratings. The number one show for the hour, CBS' Criminal Minds brought in 15.1 million, up 19% from last year's premiere.

Gee, that was fantastic...Dave. Uh...thanks?


Thomas said...

I didn't get it either. What was the trick again -- that the safety cables could lift him up?

I'm glad I'm not in the States and being subjected to this.

Jack said...

I have to agree that it's Absolutely Incredible ... Absolutely Incredible that this nob continues to get an audience to witness this kind of crap either in person or on TV.

You can clearly see him laughing on the way up. Laughing because he knows this grand finale is a bunch of bullshit, but that the idiots below will still cheer and clap and worship him no matter what happens.

That's the real magic right there though: Mind control over his minions. Think about it.

The Judge said...

Honestly, I think he's laughing because he knew he just blew his big finale illusion on live TV and there's not a thing he can do about it except hang there swinging in the breeze.

Dont get me wrong, I still think he's a tool, but I dont think this was anything more than a blown trick.

Jack said...

@The Judge,

On the realistic side of it, I agree with you completely that he just recognized the error of the stunt and couldn't stop laughing because of what had just happened. :P

However, it's just more fun for me to imaging him as a laughing, sinister, demon-trickster that's the master of a legion of clueless meat puppets.

It's the only way I can cope, in my mind, with people still fawning over this once imaginative man who appears to have turned into little more than a sideshow attraction (and not the awesome, can't stop gawking at, kind!).

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