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"I am humbled so much by the support of everyone from New York City and from all over the world. This was a very difficult week, but you all made it fly by with your strong support and your energy. Thank you so much, everybody. ... I love you all."

Oh my God, what a crazy, crazy night! I can finally breath now (pardon the pun) and even though David Blaine did not get to achieve his ultimate goal of holding his breath underwater for 9 minutes, I congratulate him for doing an incredible job and give the man super, huge props for the 7 minutes 8 seconds he did hold his breath before suffering a black-out. Not to mention, a shout out for the entire week he pulled off living underwater. Shit, 9 minutes? I would have been incredibly surprised if he would have been able to pull it off after what the last week of his life was like. And for anyone out there who wants to try and trash him because he didn't make it to 9 minutes, hold your breath underwater for 7 and then get back to me. In tribute to David, I tried to hold my breath during the commercials and I think made it through one (which probably equals about 30 lousy seconds). Not very impressive for TW, boo hoo. Also, big cheers going out to the freediving team that jumped in there and basically saved his life after he blacked out. Crazy stuff.
I loved the 2 hour special, but was a nervous wreck throughout. My heart was beating like crazy, it was all so emotional!! MK from popbytes and I tried to calm each others nerves with a flurry of emails back and forth the entire 2 hours, oh my! I thought the ending was incredibly powerful and intense the way they had the camera on David's face and the music they had playing over it. Of course, I also loved the street magic segments, watching that stuff never gets old for me. Tomorrow morning David will be interviewed on Good Morning America--I assume from a hospital bed. I just hope he doesn't have any crazy permanent damage from this whole thing, but only time will tell. He is an incredible, fascinating, very cool man and I will forever be a fan.
(update: David is still recovering and could not appear it on GMA this morning. To be honest, after watching last night I would have been really surprised if he did. His cute diving trainer was on instead and they said hopefully DB will be well enough to appear on GMA tomorrow!)
(update: David has left the hospital Phew! and his doctor's will have a press conference on his condition later today).


Here are some photos that Jay (TW's on site crew member source) sent over of a couple of the celebs that visted David. Thanks again to Jay for the photos and updates. Dude put together the filter system for David's tank. Right on!

Dustin Hoffman!

Jay & David. If anyone needs a custom saltwater tank, you can email him at

Oh yes! Lorraine Bracco!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 minutes is indeed impressive - that of a world class freediver. I can't help think that he breathed pure oxygen before the attempt, to give himself an advantage. He is a magician after all.

2:17 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous ci said...

Damn this does sound exciting, now I really wish I'd watched it! Do you know if there are any websites that have clips of the ending?

6:13 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as weird as i thought this whole thing was, i am impressed with this holding the breath thing.

I give him props for that. But he should have done it at another time, not after spending all that time under water.

9:28 AM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Christian Johnson said...

I was very impressed by the feat, but I still like the Street Magic more.

What I love about Blaine as a magician is that in an era when most magicians are being "metacognative" and "too cool for school," Blaine treats his magic straight. There is no medieval sideshow or pretense at letting you "in on the joke" like other magicians. Instead, Blaine is more like a modern day Houdini. He combines physical feats with magical skill.

And the Street Magic is where he really demonstrates his artistry.

9:28 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a can honestly say you don't think David Blaine is trying to be "too cool for school"? The tight black tee-shirts? The carefully monitored monotone? The I'm-not-scared-of-Angola-prisoners or sharks or death attitude?

10:02 AM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Christian Johnson said...

Fair enough, but those are just the standard, "magician is cooler than you" too cool for school.

I meant more like Penn and Teller, we're so cool we can "reveal" the trick while still tricking you.

Don't get me wrong, I love P&T, but they were who I was referencing.

11:09 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco.

12:38 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks a little more like Lorraine Bracco to me.

1:22 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Tabloid Whore! said...

haha. i dont watch the show and for the life of me could not remember her name. will change it! thanks!

1:38 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Trevor Pitt said...

I actually watched the whole special. I must say that I like David's DB logo. It's quite kickass. And how much did he pay those girls at the casino to act surprised? Oh, that's right $3200...what David "won" for them at the Roulette table. I'm pretty sure he payed them too much for their performances. They made Paris Hilton look like a talented actress. I hope for David's sake that he took a crap when he got to the hospital. A full week without a bowel movement can't be good. I bet he gave birth to a ten pound turd just so he could out-do his ex-girlfriend Josie Maran's birth.

What the hell is Lorraine Bracco doing there? Is this what she does now, follow David Blaine around? Maybe she wanted David to pop out of the sphere and recite lines from 'The Medicine Man' to her? "What don't you understand? I found the cure for the f*cking plague of the twentieth century and now I've lost it. Haven't you ever lost anything Doctor Bronx? Your purse? Your car keys? Well, it's rather like that...Now you have it and now you don't." The Sopranos be damned. That quote kinda sums up her career.

3:08 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David's strength has always been his performance style that convinces fans he is really doing stuff without any trickery. Last night was no exception. David is at his best when he is not performing any magic at all, but is just building suspence and creeping people out with his personality.

I enjoyed the show, (and as a magician whished there had been more magic, but David was playing to his strengths). Many people do not realize that David Blaine's first special didn't contain a single original magic trick in it, and that half of the tricks could be bought at your local magic store. Last night I still recognized pieces of some old standards, but there were a lot of new ideas I haven't seen before. More importantly, almost every close-up trick he performed fit his "persona", as opposed to the grab bag of "everything I know how to do" in the earlier specials.

My closing comment is that people should not forget that David Blaine is a magician (which means the art of deception as entertainment.) And if you don't think you were being deceived and all the stuff was real, re-watch the credits and notice there are two full pages of "Magic Consultants", including Johnny Gaughn who made all of Copperfield's giant illusions and wasn't hired to consult on street magic moves.

[Note: Paul Harris was also a consultant and he is the most devastatingly amazing close-up magician ever. He left the magic scene for over a decade to become a beach bum after freaking people out so bad and so often it freaked him out. The dude dissapeared like Bobby Fisher and re-appeared a decade ago with three large magic books to sell of all his amazing ideas and inventions. (He was apparently out of moeny.) It is great to see him working again, and if they could talk him into doing a street magic special I would pay-per-view even to see it.]

4:10 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous ts said...

TW - I watched this all on your recommendation. And thanks because it was as amazing as it was horrifying to watch. I got a little ill watching it for sure. Thanks for the great updates throughout the week!

11:45 PM, May 09, 2006  

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