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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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.

Countdown to David Blaine Show in Los Angeles: 17 Days

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I see from my blog statistics that a lot of people are coming here to read my reviews of David Blaine Live shows from 2017!

I will be at his Hollywood show on May 24th! It’s listed as Los Angeles, but it’s really in Hollywood = where I used to live. It’s on Hollywood Blvd.

I created this cartoon David Blaine character in GoAnimate which is now called Vyond (worst name change ever!). It looks so much like him. I am thinking of how to create some sort of animated gift to give him, with this character.

If you don’t know, David will be greeting fans and posing for selfies before the show starts, in the lobby 🙂

Did you see him on the Jimmy Fallon show last week? You can find the video easily online: watch David Blaine now. He sews his lips shut = gross.

If you want a cartoon character in a video like this for yourself (great for YouTube), hire me on Fiverr or Upwork.

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 Rape Accusation

I was going to write today about the Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney coming forward to say she was molested by a coach. I wanted everyone to read the last sentence in her Instagram post: “Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back.”

This comes on the heels of the #metoo hashtag campaign on Twitter (What woman HASN’T been harassed or molested?). And the scores of actresses coming out against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

I clicked on The Daily Mail website today to see the headline, “David Blaine accused of rape by model.” The full story is on The Daily Beast (it’s loading really slowly – everyone is reading it right now!). I am shocked. I am a big fan of David’s and I went to see his live show this year, and I have tickets to see it again in December. I don’t know what to say.

Most of the comments on The Daily Mail story say why accuse someone so many years later (from 2004) and how can it even be proven or disproven at this point? Oddly, when I went to see David in Colorado Springs, CO, I had drawn this angel for him (but I didn’t have the nerve to give it to him!). Maybe he really needed this.

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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).

 

My Cartoon Animations on Fiverr

I am creating animations on fiverr for YouTube! The animated videos are like cartoons. Here’s an example video I created about magician David Blaine and his infamous swallowing a live frog trick.

You can get a video like this with ANY MESSAGE you want written on it! And you can choose the style of music. See my new listing on fiverr (my name there is the same: newagestudies).

These short videos are e-cards. More fun than a paper greeting card, for about the same money. And it saves you the hassle of buying stamps and addressing envelopes! Just email the YouTube link to friends/family/co-workers.