David Blaine

October 4, 2012

i am david blaine and new to reddit

cant wait to see your questions will try my best to answer everything. proof that its really me @davidblaine let's go

thanks for the questions, i thought it would be much worse. if you are in NYC friday the 5th till the 8th pls come by, 13th st and west side highway on the pier. it's all free, bring headphones, it's loud. you can see it on youtube.com/electrified

What do you think of all of the parodies of you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxu_MQSTTY

the best, sometimes people think that im him

Hi, I am a big fan of yours, and I was wondering if you could elaborate on your relationship with film director Harmony Korine. How did you two meet? What's you're side of his story about you climbing into a 400º oven at an abandoned restaurant?

And, could you talk about your persona as a performer? Where do you think it come from?

thanks, Harmony is unreal and one of the craziest people that i know. i met harmony on the street when we were kids. i always thought magicians should be understated rather than over the top

Has becoming a father changed your attitude towards the endurance stunts you perform? Are you more cautious about your safety now?

for this next stunt (tomorrow night at 730 PM in new york) i actually have a harness so i dont fall off and die, which normally i would never worry about

Great fan here Dave.

What was your biggest flake doing a performance? Did someone ever call you out on a mistake or figure out what you were doing on a performance?

What is your funniest moment as a street illusionist/magician?

That last upside down thing was a nightmare, i' still trying to recover from the shame

Is there any trick you'd like to try, but wont because it's too dangerous?

world record for sleep deprivation. scary

the ice never yes

What trick took you the longest to learn? What is the coolest trick you think you have?

been working on a perfect shuffle, has been years and still not 100% in hand btw with riffle

Why did you choose the tesla coils for your new performance?

in my decade poster 4 years ago i put 5 people that i love, wanted to do something for each one, tesla is first

Would you rather fight:

[ ] 1 Horse-Sized Duck [ ] 100 Duck-Sized Horses?

no fighting but horse sized duck

I have been a fan ever since “David Blaine: Street Magic.” To call me a fan would be an understatement, actually. I used to tape all of your specials on the VCR and watch them over and over again. You were a role model to younger me and you inspired me to pick up my first deck of cards and start practicing magic. I still have the same dream I had when I was growing up: to bump into you one day and get to see you do a trick. I just want to say thank you for all those years of street magic specials and stunts, and for bringing wonder and excitement into my childhood.

With that being said, here are my questions:

thank you im sure we will run into each other - i wish they would have left me in there longer - i guess it made me work harder - i don't know him but respect to all magicians - i'll watch it later - i like the pics on reddit my brother sends them to me - no but that's a great idea Thanks.


3,000 dollar suit

Thanks for doing this AMA. What do you think about "spirtual mediums" like John Edward and the Long Island Medium?

Do you believe in their supernatural chichat? If not, do you think "spirtual mediums" are doing a disserve to the public by lying to guilable people and profitting from their loved ones' memories?

barnum effect

Have you ever been stumped by another magician's trick, and if so, did you ever figure it out?

lookup Dani DaOrtiz he is out of control

What did you think of the South Park episode about you? You gonna start a cult anytime soon? If so where can I sign up?


If there was one trick to impress the ladies the most what would it be?

you guys tell me


genius, just made my day

Favorite movie between The Prestige or The Illusionist?

the illusionist

David Blaine's new magic trick....does AMA on reddit, disappears before answering any questions

i'm here just trying to keep up

Why do you hate capital letters?


Your TED talk about 'How I held my breath for 17 minutes' was inspiring. What made you shift from regular magic tricks to these mind bending physical feats?

thank you, it was harder to give that talk than to actually hold my breath. i never shifted, always did both. as a kid i would win bets by holding my breath longer than anyone, so when i heard that people could go for over 8 minutes i became obsessed and tracked down the best coach and worked on it for 3 years

When you were in England, 7 days into your fast, someone hovered a cheeseburger in front of your face attached to a remote control helicopter. Were you ever tempted to make a lunge for it?

no, i wanted soup though

As a long admirer of your work, and a magician myself, I've found it real difficult to purse a career in magic as it's so "hit or miss". What advice could you give to a magician in an attempt to make a serious career of it?

success is the ability to go from one failure to the next failure with enthusiasm. - Chruchill quote

never quit never quit never quit

Isn't the stunt you're about to do in New York just essentially a faraday cage, so there is no risk to you anyway? (Unless you wipe your face)

last night in rehearsal i got zapped really hard and we had to shut it all down, so the cage is not a guarantee. hardest part is staying awake from fri til monday, standing the whole time, wearing armor and not being able to move very much but other than that its fine...i think

Isn't the stunt you're about to do in New York just essentially a faraday cage, so there is no risk to you anyway? (Unless you wipe your face)

by the way nice screen name

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with David Blaine conducted on Reddit on 2012-10-04. The Reddit AMA can be found here.