I am back from Cincinnati where I saw the David Blaine Live Show for the second time!!! Tomorrow night (December 4, 2017) is his LAST LIVE SHOW.
David was very nice! I got the VIP ticket again which includes a photo with him (taken by a professional photographer – you get a link and can find your photo online) and he comes and does card tricks just to the VIP group before the show starts. I gave him an angel of protection I drew and he was very sweet about it (he may need it!). He first did a magic card trick for a guy in a wheelchair, which was thoughtful of him. He messed up 2 of his card tricks… he joked maybe he shouldn’t do a show tonight 😉
In the Lobby
Fans coming into the venue could also get a photo with him and his autograph. David snuck into the lobby and let people mob him!
There Was Blood
The Cincinnati show was in the art deco Taft Theatre downtown. Some things were missing from the other show I saw (only a couple things). And instead of shoving an icepick through his hand (he had a visible hole in his hand!), he stabbed it through his bicep. Last time, he mysteriously didn’t bleed….but this time he came back onstage with a bandage on his arm and you could see blood on it. The blood spot got bigger as the show went on = real blood!
Real or Not?
The guy I sat next to explained to me how David might be doing some of his tricks. But he said the ice pick stunts, swallowing the frogs (he swallowed 2 frogs again!) and holding his breath were all very real.
I think my favorite trick is the swallowing, regurgitating and then re-swallowing the frogs! He assured us the frogs are still alive. It sounded like he keeps using the same 2 frogs as he told us he let his daughter name them: Candy and Cane.
Other tricks I saw again: sewed his lips shut, puzzle trick, Asi Wind did same tricks (credit card, Rubik’s cubes), hidden ice pick under styrofoam cups, swallowing a ring and returning it on a hanger…. In the VIP room, he did the cool card trick where your card ends up being a miniature card that the Queen of Hearts is holding 🙂
Held Breath for 10 Minutes!
How long did he hold his breath for? 10 MINUTES! Wow. In Colorado, he held his breath underwater for 8 minutes (at high altitude).
Mysterious in All Black
What did he look like? Exactly the same because he wears the same outfit every day! ha ha ha. I find this interesting because books on connecting with people recommend wearing something eye-catching that can start a conversation, such as a bright sparkly peacock pin. New people you meet will invariably remark on how cute your pin is. It gives them something to talk about and helps them remember you in the future. So it could be part of his act that he always wears black (black T-shirt, black jeans, black button-up Oxford shirt, black tennis shoes, black socks). Does he go crazy on his days off and wear red or blue? Should I start dressing in all- purple outfits so people remember me???
Last David Blaine Live Shows Ever?
David said his brother was at the show and I saw Bill Kalush, his friend that you see in his book and videos. At the Colorado Springs show I saw, David said he wanted to take the live show to Europe…at this show, David said this may be the last time you see him in this format. Someone in the audience mistakenly clapped, and he said, “No, that’s not a good thing!” Is he not planning on doing more live shows? Because of the money he needs to self-finance them, or because of the sex scandal or because the shows are just too exhausting for him?
After he did the amazing 10-minute breath hold, he didn’t allow audience questions this time, but he did talk to us. Mostly about his mother. He ended the show by telling us, “God bless!” So he believes in God. (haters say magic is evil) I wonder what it is like to have an adoring audience? He seems to take it as a serious responsibility.
City of Cincinnati
I was surprised at how much I liked Cincinnati. Downtown was very cool, like a small Chicago. The downtown is very walkable, but a bit blighted. And I didn’t know that Cincinnati gets mild winters! It was sunny and warm enough to walk around with your winter jacket unzipped during the day (in December). Nothing like winters in Wisconsin, where I grew up! (lots of snow, super cold and dreary skies) My Lyft driver told me people freak out if it snows 2 inches! It’s also very hilly, with lots of trees. I kept thinking it looked more like Kentucky to me…then I found out the Cincinnati airport is actually across the border in Kentucky 🙂
After Show Blues
David has a very uplifting energy. It’s great to be in his energy field, but when I leave it after the show is over I get very bummed 😦