I’m still on a David Blaine high 😉 Or maybe I feel this way because I hardly slept last night! I was too excited after the show to go to sleep.
Asi Wind also appears in the show. He is David’s friend, a mentalist from Israel. Asi is also in this NY Post article about David getting ready for this live tour. The article has a few big photos of David’s magic hideout (giant posters of Houdini on the wall). Super cool that David has a hidden magic lair somewhere in NYC! Do you want to know what tricks Asi Wind did? If not, don’t read this part! I loved the mentalist thing he did with little white envelopes, a credit card and slips of paper. He also did a few tricks with Rubik’s cubes.
Do you want to know what tricks and stunts David did onstage? If not, don’t read this paragraph! He did a puzzle trick, a swallowing a frog trick, a swallowing a wedding ring trick, human voodoo doll thing (touching one person but it’s the other person who feels it) and stabbing himself with an ice pick and the drinking kerosene and water to make fire and then put it out. Do you want to know what he did for his grand finale? At my show, it was the holding your breath underwater. UPDATE: David’s personal best for breath hold is 17 minutes. He did about half that at my show (8 minutes). Following that was an audience Q&A. But he’s said he may change up what tricks/stunts he does since he has so many shows to do in a row.
A couple of tricks/stunts I was hoping David would do but didn’t see: (1) making butterflies appear. I was very much hoping to see this because I saw in his SnapChat that he was testing out a butterfly lighting effect. The lights looked like streams of butterflies falling down from the ceiling! Very pretty. and kind of mesmerizing. The calling in of a butterfly is one of MY FAVORITE TRICKS that he does! It is in one of his older TV specials, when he is entertaining little black kids in the 9th Ward of New Orleans hit hard by hurricane Katrina. This trick would be extra difficult to do inside an arena… I was hoping, though. If I ever learn a magic trick, this is the one I would learn! I never saw the blue butterfly lights. Maybe it was part of the stage props that his crew said got stolen. Or he just didn’t bring it on tour. (2) levitating. In his latest TV show, Believe, Criss Angel looks like he’s gotten sooooo much better at levitating! I was wondering if David’s been practicing to keep up with him. Again, the tricks/stunts might change from show to show. I saw the one in Colorado Springs, CO, in June, 2017. He told us we were show number 9 out of 40!
Revealing anecdote David told us during the Q&A part of the show: David said that after one of the other live shows he felt down about his performance. He thought one of the tricks/stunts he did wasn’t good enough. But his friend/tourmate Asi told him it’s not about being “good or “great.” It’s about being “better!” Like just get better with every show. I thought this revealed a lot about David’s personality = driven perfectionist? Kind of startling that he judges himself harshly when he is so successful, monetarily and with the number of fans he has. The arena looked packed and it holds several thousand people!