David Blaine here, back on reddit. Magician? Maniac? AMA!
Born in Brooklyn.
Edit: Heading back to put the finishing touches on the special. Check it out Tuesday on ABC!
I love them, I think they're hilarious and I have footage I'm going to release soon where I just ran into them on the street... you'll see it soon
As someone who has done a lot of street magic, Can you corroborate Aziz Ansari's observation about how black guys react to magic tricks?
When I did magic to Aziz, his reaction was pretty hilarious and I wish I had a camera on him
What was it like to mindfuck both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, arguably the two most awesome actors ever?
Also, did Aaron actually get to keep the $100 bill?
Everybody from Breaking Bad that I've met are bad ass, and so down to earth
What did you think of Southparks Super Best Friends and the Blaintologists episode?
Hi David. What is the most memorable thing that happened while You were preparing for the 17 minutes underwater stunt?
The first time I stayed under water for 15 minutes, it felt like I was out of my body in the most amazing way, going beyond physical limits
I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 10...
Five foot ace of clubs
Who's your favorite musician?
I have a burning question, without sounding too abrupt... What was that interview in the UK all about with Eamonn Holmes? I had no idea what was going on.
Thanks for doing this AMA!
Just having fun
Is there an effect/stunt/idea you have been brainstorming/fantasizing about figuring out, but haven't quite gotten yet?
(basically, what is your craziest, ultimate illusion/idea?)
Sleep deprivation, one million seconds -- don't know how to do it yet
Name one thing that is off limits when you're creating a new trick
Thanks for doing this David! Have you ever messed up performing a trick for people? How do you redeem yourself when things don't go as planned?
Just keep going and act like nothing went wrong; they don't know what the finale is supposed to be anyway. It's magic, remember
Is there one person or group in particular you performed for that had a lasting impact on you? Why?
I learn something from everyone
That's a non-answer. /u/phantom83 is asking if there was anyone that you performed for that had a lasting impact on you. If you really learn something from everyone, can you share one experience from your avalanche of experiences? What is it?
On an airplane, I met a girl that just had brain surgery. She didn't tell me but I did magic for her and her friend. At the end, she was crying and told me that it was the first time since her surgery a week prior that she was happy. I can think of no greater response to doing magic.
Hey David, has there ever been a moment during one of your feats when you feared for your life?
The first time I drank kerosene, which you'll see on Tuesday night
Who's someone that's deceased that you would've LOVED to have had on your new tv special?
Michael Jackson, Einstein, J. D. Salinger, Primo Levi, Houdini, Biggie, Janis Joplin, Newton, Brando
In your book you mention receiving help from one of my favorite magicians, Michael Weber, during your TV filming in the 90"s. Do you still pick his brain?
Just got off the phone with him, picking his brilliant brain
I saw a promo for your ABC special with a bunch of random celebrities (Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, etc)...how did you manage to get all these stars to appear on your show?
I wanted to capture the kind of reactions I experience when a camera is not around and I chased people who interested me from all walks of life, whether on the street or somebody I admire for their work. It wasn't easy, and it's taken me years. I owe a lot of birthday parties and weddings.
Which act was physically the hardest to prepare for?
Would you ever consider doing a Las Vegas show? You're beyond cool!
I plan on doing a tour
Hi David when will the Black Label White Lions be available again to buy on your website?
Working on a new deck, coming soon
What is your honest opinion of the "street magic" youtube videos?
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