New David Blaine Live Poster

This is new poster art for David Blaine Live. I bought it at his show last week in Hollywood, CA. $20 for the poster or you can get a large program ($30) with this and some other poster art from the same artist (Mark Stutzman of Eloqui). I like the retro feel of it! I’m not a fan of demon imagery, though 😦 I like the black crow because David showed us his crow called Drow that he was training to be in his act (in one of his TV specials)…. Maybe he will learn something like swooping in and grabbing a deck of cards with his feet, or stealing a card with his beak. No sign of him in this show.

The program is oversized, like a very small poster size (9.5 x 13 inches). It’s printed on great paper and includes an embossed spade symbol on the back cover. See my photo of it on Instagram (ellens_animations). You could cut it out and put it on your wall. It’s pretty cool – a different color scheme than he usually uses (black and silver/white): a pale sky blue background and a dark creme spade.

I like this photo:

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Sexy tour bus photo of David Blaine 😉

There is also a page in the David Blaine Live program book with this inspirational quote:

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David Blaine inspirational quote

I liked the program book, but I think for $30 it should be ALL NEW photos and just the new poster art because the older posters are readily available online and in his book.

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David Blaine Live Show Review – Hollywood 2018

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Before the David Blaine show in Hollywood

I am just now back from my trip to Hollywood! Traffic between Vegas and LA was crazy because now it’s Memorial Day Weekend.

I am bummed that I missed seeing David in the lobby 😦 I worked all day the day before the trip to create a new animation about him and wanted to hand him a post card with the link on it… I’m trying to get more freelance animation work!!! But instead of surprising people in the lobby, he went to the upper balcony seats before the show. I saw someone’s photo on Instagram 😦 Am super sads about this 😦

Really. Very. Sad. Watch my fun animation on YouTube: “Why does David Blaine sew his lips shut?”

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Watch my new David Blaine video on YouTube

Since this is the THIRD David Blaine Live show that I’ve seen, it was mostly the same for me. But instead of Ari from America’s Got Talent doing Rubik’s cube tricks, David had a kid’s magician do an opening act. I’m not a kid person, so this was a snooze for me.

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The only sexy part of the show was when he unbuttoned his shirt – to reveal a black T-shirt underneath ;( Some girls screamed anyway. LOL.

David Blaine held his breath for 10 minutes and 19 seconds. He told us this was a personal best for him on this tour.

The show seemed shorter and more impersonal to me. Partly because I didn’t pay for VIP tickets this time so I didn’t see him up close. I think my favorite of the 3 shows I’ve seen was my very first, Colorado Springs. He talked to the audience a lot at the end, answering questions and telling us about his mom, who died of cancer just before he became a famous magician (with his ABC TV specials). This time, I remember him saying his mom was his hero. Sweet!

My Favorite David Blaine Trick in the Live Show

I still enjoyed the puzzle piece trick in David Blaine’s live show a lot! And hearing the crowd go wild during his gross out tricks: sewing his lips shut and sticking himself with an ice pick.

He also swallowed 2 frogs this time, instead of just one. David assured us the frogs are still alive and well (let’s hope so….).

David looked very good. I think he’s fitter than in 2017. He always wears exactly the same black clothes, so no fashion review needed!

Celebrity Sighting at the Hollywood Show

I saw one celebrity, Paris Hilton. She was being very visible, laughing and posing for selfies with some of the ushers (at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard – where they have The Oscars). The photo is on Instagram and on Daily Mail Online. I like Paris = fashionable and fun! She is definitely a Fairy. You can read about the different spiritual types of people on this blog. Fairies like to party and are delicate and flirty and giggily. Their mission on Earth is to help the environment and most are very into animals and pets (I know she loves dogs and exotic pets.). I have actually seen Paris before, at a club when I lived in Hollywood.

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The show was at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

No card tricks in this show.

Speaking of Hollywood, going back for this show is making me want to move back very badly!!! I only left because I got very sick 😦 And the price of apartments in my old neighborhood by The Grove and Farmer’s Market has doubled. I can leave my Vegas apartment when my lease is up in August. I DEFINTELY will be moving because these apartments are crazy – very loud and lots of drug activity, even though it’s a very upscale, brand new complex. I am thinking about either a) getting some kind of low-cost animation certificate to help me get more freelance jobs and moving as close to Hollywood as I can afford or b) moving overseas to Germany – I just got into a graduate school program for GeoScience which is an Environmental Science! and Germany gives you money for your living expenses ($900/month) and keeps college costs super low (about $500 a semester) or c) staying in Vegas and just moving to a quieter condo or townhome. Maybe become a teacher? I could get a temporary teaching license through a program called ARL (you just need a bachelor’s degree and a few months of classes that cost $500, plus jump through a few more hoops). There aren’t many environmental jobs in Vegas, which is what my bachelor’s degree is in.

 

David Blaine street art, outside the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles.

>Read my review of David Blaine Live show in Cincinnati, 2017
>Read my review of David Blaine live show in Colorado Springs, 2017.

David Blaine Live Shows Announced for 2018

David has a new list of live shows for MAY – JULY, 2018. All over the United States and a few in Canada. I mistakenly thought the shows were all going to be in Vegas 😦 That would have been easy and cheap for me because I now live in Vegas! I am going to his Hollywood show in May 🙂

List of David Blaine Magic Shows 2018

MAY shows in CA, Canada, OR, AZ and TX

  • San Diego
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno
  • San Jose (San Francisco area)
  • Oakland (San Francisco area)
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver
  • Portland
  • Los Angeles (Hollywood)
  • Mesa (Phoenix area)
  • Sugar Land (Houston area)
  • Dallas

JUNE shows in The South, Midwest and East Coast

  • Chattanooga
  • Huntsville
  • Jacksonville
  • St. Petersburg
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Minneapolis
  • Chicago
  • St. Louis
  • Knoxville
  • Asheville
  • Oxon Hill (D.C. area)
  • Albany
  • Richmond
  • Wallingford, CT

JULY shows in North and Northeast, Canada

  • Boston
  • Montreal
  • Toronto (2 shows)
  • Detroit
  • Buffalo
  • Upper Darby (Philadelphia area)
  • Brooklyn (2 shows)

Buy tickets using TicketMaster from the David Blaine website.

David Blaine Live Show Review: Cincinnati 2017

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.

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VIP Room

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!

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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.

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Poor Frogs

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.

Tricks Performed

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).

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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?

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God Bless

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 😦

 

 

 

 

David Blaine Interview and Photos

I saw this magazine advertised on Instagram. It’s very artsy and weird! It’s called The Travel Almanac. You can choose from different covers. I chose magician David Blaine even though another model has come forward accusing him of date rape in 1997! She hasn’t given the details to the press yet, but she filed paperwork with the NYC police. There are no statute of limitations for rape in either NYC or London. So, I am unsure if I should still be a fan or not…. I am awaiting further news stories about these accusations. What do you think? Tell me in the comments.

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I like these David Blaine photos, especially the one where he is caring for his frogs! I saw him do the frog trick in his David Blaine Live show last summer. 

If you buy The Travel Almanac magazine, you get a whole separate booklet called David Blaine Travel Diary. BUT MOST OF THE PHOTOS ARE NOT OF DAVID or his tricks!!!

Instead, you get a bunch of weird, random photos. Like these disturbing images of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. I thought these were especially strange since Katrina was years and years ago. None of the photos are captioned, so you have to guess what you are looking at (lazy editing). I thought the photos were taken by a friend of David’s who David didn’t want to say sucks at photography! So imagine my surprise when I Google the photographer and find out he’s a famous fashion photographer! He’s done campaigns for fashion designer Marc Jacobs! Wikipedia says his style is “amateur photography.” Ummm, yeah. My Instagram photos are 10,000 times better than these. So prepare yourself if you spend the $20 for the magazine. LOL.

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MOST of the photo booklet pages are like this photo! Hazy photos of ugly destroyed homes, empty construction sites, homeless people…. I don’t get it! Where’s David?

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I do like this gargoyle photo. Gargoyles are meant to look scary and demonic. The dark imagery in this booklet combined with the accusations against David make me wonder if he is in fact a black soul? Black souls are very dangerous (like Hitler) and have no qualms about manipulating people and abusing people to get what they want. I thought David had reached a very high level of spirituality where things are available to you that advanced people like the Atlanteans and the ancient Egyptians knew how to do: levitation, moving objects telepathically, feeling no pain, etc. But maybe he is an advanced dark soul? The original “magicians” were the black magi of Atlantis and their darkness caused the whole society to collapse!

Inside the magazine is a newish interview with David. The interview isn’t dated, but it’s definitely before the rape allegations surfaced. It’s confusing time wise because David says he is on a break from his tour, but never mentions the shows he postponed in June…so was this interview recorded before June? I would have asked him questions about why he had to postpone the shows (family bereavement but he never talked about who died). He tells the interviewer that something went wrong on the tour and he flew home to New York to see doctors, but the interviewer doesn’t ask him WHAT HAPPENED?

Here’s what David says:

Q: Was there ever a moment when you felt “I need to stop?”

A: That just happened recently for the first time. Suddenly I became aware that the last thing I wanted to do is to leave my daughter alone. She has her mother and grandma and they’re amazing, but the last thing I want to do is disappoint her with something I did wrong. That happened on this tour recently, that’s why I flew back to New York instead of going to Italy, to make sure I was physically okay.

I honestly think next time David should just hire me to do the photos and the writing 😉

David Blaine Rescheduled Tour Dates

I just saw on Facebook that David rescheduled the shows he missed.

The new dates are in late November and early December:

  • November 30 PITTSBURGH
  • December 1 CINCINNATI
  • December 3 CLEVELAND
  • December 4 INDIANAPOLIS

In a new twist, David writes that you can see him BEFORE THE SHOW performing magic in the lobby! Maybe this replaces the VIP room? UPDATE: VIP tickets are available for these dates! I am thinking of attending the Cincinnati show 🙂 UPDATE #2: I bought VIP tickets for the Cincinnati show!!! It’s in an historic Art Deco theater 🙂 I like that David/his team have been choosing cool, artsy, smaller theaters. I looked into going to his last show in Indianapolis but it appears to be SOLD OUT! The links on his page don’t go anywhere.

Buy tickets on davidblaine.com.

In other magic news, I saw the Criss Angel show at the Luxor in Vegas. I wrote a bunch of notes to write up a review for you, but the short version is it’s VERY LOUD! Like very, very loud! I liked heavy metal back in the day, but I don’t listen to it anymore so it got to be a bit much. I loved the video screens and how the video matched up with live elements. You’d see dust and debris swirling on the video screens (in a dystopian world), and then there’d be real debris swirling around the stage!

P.S. I moved to Vegas!!! So far, it’s loud and crazy!!! I haven’t even been back to The Strip since I moved here because my move has been so tortuous. Vegas is a fun place to drive around. The desert landscape is eerie, like Mars. Realllllllly good food 😉 The heat (100 degrees) hasn’t bothered me much. The constant plane, car, people noise has, though. I’m still getting my place put together (furniture hasn’t arrived yet). Looking for a good part-time job. My other part-time job is doing cartoon animations on fiverr (newagestudies).

 

Last David Blaine Live Show TONIGHT

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Magician David Blaine’s Live Tour is over TONIGHT! His last show is in Albuquerque (July 23, 2017) at the Kiva Theater.

He hasn’t rescheduled the 4 shows he missed due to a death in the family….I thought he would just tack on these shows to the end of the tour but he didn’t.

Leaving me wondering if I will possibly have enough money to go see him live AGAIN??? Depends on when he does the tour dates. Maybe he will add some more shows? I personally think David should do his live show in Vegas and then everyone could come see him there (cheap flights! awesome hotel rooms!).

My Review of David Blaine Live Show: Colorado Springs 2017 Part 1

I went to see the new David Blaine Live show in Colorado Springs, CO, last night! If you don’t know, David is a super amazing magician who is now traveling the US in his FIRST EVER live magic show. He’s said he may take the show to Europe next. I think he is going to be busy with this for the next few years!

I got VIP tickets as a birthday gift from my parents ($300 in Colorado Springs, but I think they are $400 in larger cities). I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never done VIP before! I imagined he would hang out with us in a small room after the show, and autograph something/take a photo with every person in the room. Anticipating this, I drew a little angel for David! But I wasn’t able to give it to him.

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My angel drawing. Notice she is holding a David Blaine black spade.

Instead, we were ushered into another room/on the stage to line up for a quick photo with him, one at a time. The house photographer took the photo and it’ll be emailed to us later. David’s very mellow, and the whole thing went by very easily (this is the type of thing that gives me anxiety!).

Then, we waited in the VIP room and he came in awhile later with Asi Wind. Asi (Ossie) is a mentalist/magician from Israel and a super good friend of David’s who is traveling with him and doing one segment of the live show himself. I was standing verrrry close to David, as luck would have it! But I was too shy to want to participate in a trick.  I watched him do about 5 card tricks at close-up range. They happen SO FAST! If you like a trick on TV, you can rewind it and watch it again. Live in person it’s just like – “Wow, what happened!” I thought since I’m into metaphysical/psychic things that maybe I could pick up on a “feeling” of what he was doing if I was close to him. But no.

Cool card tricks he did in front of me:

Putting the person’s card underneath their watch without them knowing, disappearing all the spades and diamonds out of the deck, using the number of letters in someone’s name to count down to their card in the deck, tapping the deck once and having a card move up to the top.

Everyone noticed that David had a Band-aid on his hand. We were all wondering if this is an injury from his ice pick through the hand trick!

I talked to a lot of people in the VIP room which made it fun. I sold my signed David Blaine card deck to one of the aspiring magicians there. In the VIP bag, you get the signed deck of cards, a mini black-and-white poster (I stepped on mine when I put it under my seat and ripped it), a cool black baseball cap with the DB logo (I’m wearing mine right now and it is comfy and cute!), plus the tote bag which is black canvas. We were supposed to also get a special laminated VIP badge and a laminated ticket that you can keep as a souvenir but the show guides told us a bunch of stuff got stolen! I guess from a truck parked outside the venue in Colorado Springs. They are going to mail them to us later, someone said.

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David Blaine VIP package goodies. Lanyard and ticket are holographic = the image changes at different angles. Also includes signed cards, poster and baseball cap.

What is David Blaine like IN PERSON?

Very mellow. Like he is in his TV shows! I sensed a flicker of anger/annoyance when someone, instead of taking back the signed card he was handing to him, shoved their cellphone in his face and just kept recording. And wouldn’t take the card he was handing them, so they could keep recording. It was rude, honestly. All over the venue it says NO RECORDING or PHOTOS, but during the last trick in the VIP room he actually asked everyone to take out their cellphones and record it. Some people were broadcasting it live on social media. Maybe he wanted that done to promote his tour?

When we went for our photos with him, the show guide said DON’T TOUCH HIS HANDS. The rules were you could fist-bump him (gently) or hug him. But when we met him, he grabbed everyone’s hands for the photo poses! I talked to someone afterward and we both said we were afraid to touch his hands after the warning. We didn’t want to hurt him. The reason was his hands are getting beat up from the tricks and stunts he’s doing. This live tour is 40 cities with a grueling 3-day on, 1-day off schedule. He said he is only eating on his days off! Poor David! He wanted a challenging pace to make the whole tour a Houdini-esque test of his endurance. I’m thinking he chose 40 cities because of Jesus’ 40 days struggling in the desert?

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David Blaine sews his lips shut. (from Travel Almanac magazine)

What was he wearing?

He always wears ALL BLACK. Black t-shirt, black jeans. Even his tennis shoes are black! I took a psychic development class where the teacher told us artists and musicians and entertainers often wear black because they have so much colorful stuff going on inside their heads…they like to keep their clothes simple, like a blank canvas.

Merchandise for sale:

Black or white t-shirts ($30) and baseball caps ($25). I’ve heard other venues were selling cards. Maybe these got stolen? Or they sold out?

Continue on to Part 2 of this post.

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Come back and read my review of David Blaine’s magic show in Cincinnati! (December, 2017)