David Blaine News

Bono's star-studded birthday bash

May 16th, 2014 6:20am EDT
Bono celebrated his 54th birthday with a star-studded party on May 10.
The U2 frontman invited everyone from Pharrell Williams to Jared Leto to help him mark the special day with a giant houseparty at the band's manager Guy Oseary's house in Los Angeles.
A guest informed Us Weekly: "There were a lot of surprise performances - Herbie Hancock came to surprise him, he got up on stage to sing ... and then Williams joined him to sing 'Happy'."
Pharrell told Bono on stage: "You've changed the world with everything you do. You give people hope, especially with your song 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday.' "...

Madonna enlists Katy Perry to curate art project

January 9th, 2014 4:20am EST
Madonna has enlisted Katy Perry to help curate her art project.
The singer has chosen her fellow pop rival to act as guest curator for Art for Freedom, her online public art initiative that allows artists to submit videos, music, poetry and photographs on the subject of freedom.
Katy commented: "I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music. Now I'm calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom.
"I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human ...

David Blaine & Michael Jackson stunned tourists with Parliament trip

November 19th, 2013 3:20am EST
Michael Jackson
Illusionist David Blaine and his late pal Michael Jackson once slipped into Britain's Parliament building, much to the surprise of unsuspecting tourists.

The American magician and the King of Pop became unlikely friends and admits he'll never forget the reaction they received during a day out together in London.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, he explains, "I got to spend a lot of time with Michael Jackson. One time we snuck into the Parliament building. And we walked in, but he wasn't in disguise. And it was so strange, because the whole place was full.

"We went into the part...

David Blaine Asked Olivia Wilde To Drown Him

August 20th, 2013 3:08pm EDT
David Blaine
Olivia Wilde was asked by David Blaine to drown him. The wacky magician - famed for his outlandish stunts such as appearing to freeze himself in a block of ice and spending 44 days in a Plexiglass cage suspended above the River Thames in London - asked the 'Tron' star to help hold him under water for a stunt.

During an appearance on 'Late Night with David Letterman', she explained: "He wanted us to hold him under water for 15 minutes.

"The best thing was he said, 'It doesn't matter if I'm thrashing, if I'm begging for my life, you can't let me up. You just have to hold me down.'

"I didn'...

David Blaine Hospitalized After Completing His Electrifying Stunt

October 9th, 2012 8:29am EDT
David Blaine
Illusionist David Blaine was hospitalized after completing his three-day electrifying stunt in New York on Monday night.

The magician has been showing off his powers of endurance since Friday, when he was hooked up to a one million-volt charge on Pier 54 in Manhattan's Chelsea district.

Stars including Chris Rock, Darren Aronofsky and rocker Andrew W.K. have zapped Blaine since the stunt began, and on Monday evening he ended his latest challenge.

The star walked with assistance and managed to speak to, and kiss, his fiancee Alizee Guinochet before he was stretchered away for medical e...

David Blaine Planning Next TV Special For May 2012

June 20th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
David Blaine
Master illusionist David Blaine is plotting a magical new TV special for 2012 he hopes to turn into a global event.

The stunt magician, who has wowed fans around the world with his televised feats of endurance, is planning his next major 'trick' in May, 2012.

The show will be filmed for ABC in America and then Blaine hopes to tour North America and Europe with the concept.

Speaking to fans online via TinyChat on Friday, the illusionist said, "This is as good as it gets... All magic, nothing else.

"It's better than anything that's ever been done, by me at least... It's the most original ...

David Blaine Welcomes Baby Girl

February 2nd, 2011 7:51am EST
David Blaine
Celebrity illusionist David Blaine has become a first-time father after a nervous dash to the hospital in the snow when his fiancee went into labor during a blizzard.

The magician's partner, French model Alizee Guinochet, began experiencing contractions last Wednesday night just as heavy snow fell on their home in New York City. The couple headed out into the street in an attempt to hail a cab, but after failing to find a taxi, Blaine flagged down a passing snowplough and asked the driver to take them to a hospital.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "The doorman and peo...

David Blaine To Be A Dad

September 17th, 2010 4:55pm EDT
David Blaine
Celebrity illusionist David Blaine is set to experience the magic of fatherhood next year - he's expecting a baby with his fiancee Alizee Guinochet.

The endurance expert revealed he is expecting his first child with the French beauty at a recent rooftop cancer benefit hosted by ASmallWorld.com mogul Patrick Liotard-Vogt, according to the New York Post.

And Blaine can't wait to teach the child some of his many tricks, reportedly telling guests, "The baby is probably already practicing the breath hold!"

See more photos of David here!

David Blaine Refutes Sea Rescue Reports

August 25th, 2009 12:37pm EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine has laughed off reports he was rescued by lifeguards after a swimming stunt went wrong in New York on Sunday.

The illusionist ignored warnings not to venture into the sea around the Hamptons after Hurricane Bill narrowly missed the state over the weekend.

Blaine was allegedly out of his depth in the water and had to be helped to shore by two lifeguards - but he denies needing their assistance, insisting he made it out on his own.

He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "We just went for a little swim. The hurricane had subsided. I did swim back by myself. Ther...

David Blaine Gives Mia Farrow Starvation Advice

April 30th, 2009 8:36am EDT
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow has taken advice from starvation expert David Blaine as she fasts to raise awareness of the plight of starving refugees in the Sudan. Farrow is three days into her own starvation stunt and admits her mind is feeling "muddled and swimming."

But she is drawing strength from words of support from Blaine, who survived 44 days without food, while suspended in a perspex box above London, back in 2003.

Farrow writes on her blog, "Before I began this fast David Blaine (magician and endurance artist) called me. So kind of him. He told me a little about how to prepare and what to...

'Human Bat' David Blaine Is Suffering But Surviving

September 24th, 2008 8:36am EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine is suffering but surviving his latest stunt, spending 60 hours hanging upside down over New York's Central Park. At the half way stage on Tuesday, Blaine had complained of the pressure of blood rushing towards his head - which doctors had warned could blind him.

But the surgeon advising the illusionist insisted he was coping well.

Massimo Napolitano - the chief of vascular surgery at New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center - said, "Everything looks good, the blood pressure looks normal. He's doing very well considering that now it's been about 29 hours that ...

David Blaine Risks Blindness With New Stunt

September 19th, 2008 11:30am EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine has been warned his latest stunt could cause him massive internal damage and leave him blind. Starting on September 22, Blaine will hang upside down for 60 hours over New York's Central Park - with no safety net.

Even if he doesn't fall, a leading heart specialist claims the rush of blood to his head could leave him seriously injured.

Speaking at a press conference in New York on Thursday, Massimo Napolitano, chief of vascular surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, tells WENN, "All the organs pretty much are effected by this. Most importantly t...

David Blaine Starves Himself For Stunt

September 19th, 2008 9:08am EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine has been starving himself for a week to prepare for his latest death-defying stunt. The illusionist will hang upside down above New York's Central Park for 60 hours, starting on September 22.

To ready himself for the trauma, Blaine carried out a short trial run, and has been depriving himself of food and sleep.

He tells WENN, "I've actually practiced it, but only for six hours. Also, I've stopped eating a week ago and lost 20 pounds."

But Blaine admits this task will be his toughest yet: "This is by far the most difficult thing I've ever done. I thought being in ...

David Blaine's Next Stunt To Be Conducted On Winfrey's Show

April 30th, 2008 9:37am EDT
David Blaine
CHICAGO (AP) - He spent 44 days suspended from a glass box by the River Thames in London. He was buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin in New York.

Magician David Blaine's latest feat of endurance likely will last less than 17 minutes, but he's planning to do it in front of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey - and her audience of millions.

Blaine on Wednesday will try to break the world record for breath-holding during a live broadcast of ''The Oprah Winfrey Show,'' less than two years after going into convulsions during a similar attempt.

The time he has to beat is 16 m...

Keith Richards Warns David Blaine About Sleep Stunt Dangers

April 1st, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Keith Richards
Keith Richards has a warning for illusionist David Blaine ahead of his sleep-deprivation stunt - the rocker ended up with a broken nose when he stayed awake for nine days. Blaine plans to go a record-breaking 13 days without sleep later this year.

Rolling Stone Richards claims he managed to stay awake for nine days back in the 1970s, thanks to a cocktail of narcotics - but the feat ended badly.

He reveals, "On the ninth day I was putting a tape into a tape deck. In 0.3 of a second I fell asleep and crashed head-first into a JVC speaker, smashing my nose apart. I just lay there a...

David Blaine Postpones His 'Most Demanding Stunt Yet'

February 6th, 2008 11:43am EST
David Blaine
Illusionist David Blaine has postponed his bid to stay awake for 13 days, because it's his most physically demanding stunt yet.

The 34-year-old is training and dieting obsessively to prepare his body for the world record attempt - which he has already confessed he fears will leave him brain damaged.

The feat was planned for New York City in May - but will now take place in July or August. Blaine tells the New York Post, "This one demands a lot out of me. I run 13 miles a week around Central Park's reservoir. I'm down from 230 to 195 pounds in seven weeks. And of course I'm dieti...

David Blaine Fears New Stunt Will Leave Him Brain Damaged

December 12th, 2007 12:43pm EST
David Blaine
David Blaine is terrified his new sleep deprivation stunt will leave him permanently brain damaged. The illusionist has been undergoing strenuous physical workouts in order to prepare himself for the feat of staying awake for a record 12 days. And he admits the obsessive exercising is down to a fear of destroying his brain.

Speaking at the New York Premiere of I Am Legend on Tuesday Blaine - who will embark on the challenge in May - says, "I'm going for the world record. I need to be in good shape for this. And yes. I am worried that this will cause some serious damage. That's why I'm...

Notable Quotables

December 8th, 2007 8:00am EST
Reese Witherspoon
"I don't like the beach. I prefer a nice, muddy lake. The best thing is when you step in the lake and the mud squishes between your toes. It's awesome." Reese Witherspoon on her perfect day off.

"When I know something's coming I'm not afraid. If right now a giant spider suddenly landed on me, I'd be terrified. But if I knew one's about to land on me, I'd prepare for it." Endurance artist David Blaine tells the New York Post's gossip column PageSix how he copes with fear.

"Men look at stuff like sex very differently from women. It's one of the enduring, unsolvable problems of the g...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

April 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Heath Ledger
Happy Birthday to Britney's little sis Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legen...

David Blaine Denies Using His Fame To Get A Date

February 15th, 2007 12:56pm EST
David Blaine
Illusionist David Blaine has dismissed reports he attempted to use his celebrity to get a date with a New York waitress, calling the woman "crazy." The unnamed hostess claims the stuntman tried to seduce her as she waited on his party.

She writes on her MySpace page, "After I had to remove two of his friends from one of our VIP tables, he turned on what he likes to call his charm. He decided to tell me how he made his first million when he was 20 years old and then told me he was David Blaine. Then he asked: 'Are you on the menu? Can I have you? You're just so gorgeous.'"

But t...

David Blaine Kicks Off Charity Stunt

November 22nd, 2006 9:17am EST
David Blaine
Magician David Blaine has been shackled four stories high over New York's Times Square to kick off his latest charity stunt. The 33-year-old was strapped into a spinning gyroscope and hoisted by crane above the streets of Manhattan. He'll spend 48 hours in the contraption before being given another 16 - until Friday morning - to make his escape.

But Blaine insists it's not the difficult finale which is unnerving him - wearing only a lightly padded jacket, trousers and a scarf he'll have to brave three nights of chilly winter weather.

Speaking ahead of the stunt, he said, "There...

David Blaine Unveils Further Stunt Details

November 19th, 2006 4:00pm EST
David Blaine
Latest: David Blaine will spend two days in a spinning gyroscope before attempting to escape from shackles in his latest public stunt.

The illusionist revealed his new plans for the New York stunt, which begins later this month, at a press conference Friday.

The 33-year-old will be locked spread eagle into a gyroscope before being dangled 50 feet above Times Square in New York. Blaine will be spun up to eight times every minute for two days, after which he will begin his attempt to escape.

Adding more difficulty to the stunt, the 'open' gyroscope will leave Blaine exposed t...

David Blain To Be Shackled Above Times Square

November 15th, 2006 1:25pm EST
David Blaine
David Blaine is set to take on one of his most terrifying challenges yet later this month when he attempts to escape from shackles while dangling above Times Square. The New York stunt will see the endurance artist hang four stories above the famous landmark in aid of The Salvation Army. If he completes the challenge, 100 underprivileged children will be given a dream Christmas.

Blaine reportedly agreed to the charity stunt to reward the organization for helping him as a child. Previous New York City stunts have seen Blaine encased in a closet of ice and standing on a 90-feet-high and...

David Blaine Plans Brooklyn Bridge Stunt

June 19th, 2006 8:53am EDT
David Blaine
Illusionist David Blaine is planning to dangle by his arms off the Brooklyn Bridge for his next stunt. The 33-year-old daredevil, who failed to break the world record for holding his breath underwater last month, will hang off the New York City landmark, 135 feet above the East River.

Blaine is planning for the stunt on the bridge suspension wires. He says, "Challenging myself on this bridge is a life-long dream."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

David Blaine: 'I'm Planning To Live Harmoniously Among Wild Beasts'

May 16th, 2006 8:14am EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine, who failed to break the world record for holding his breath underwater last week, has announced his next stunt will be living among wild animals in the jungle. The 33-year-old was released from a New York City hospital last week after spending seven days in a spherical aquarium.

Blaine needed medical treatment after suffering convulsions and passing out while attempting to hold his breath for nine minutes. But the magician has already moved on to planning his next stunt, claiming the challenge is more unbelievable than anything he has attempted before.

He tells th...

David Blaine Will Try Again

May 11th, 2006 9:49am EDT
David Blaine
Illusionist David Blaine will reportedly attempt his failed breath-holding stunt for a second time. The magician passed out and was rushed to a hospital on Monday after he tried to break a world record by holding his breath under water for nine minutes.

The 33-year-old had to undergo a brain scan after he was pulled from the water nearly unconscious after 7 minutes - just under two minutes short of the record.

However, Blaine will attempt the stunt again, only this time he will not spend a week in a water tank beforehand, like he did last time. Dr. Murat Gunel, the head of Blaine'...

David Blaine Fails at Water Stunt, Suffers Physically

May 9th, 2006 9:14am EDT
David Blaine
Ailing stunt man David Blaine failed his quest to set a new world record for holding his breath underwater yesterday after spending seven days submerged in a glass aquarium weakened his body beyond expectations. The 33-year-old missed his goal by almost two minutes, holding his breath for just seven minutes and eight seconds. The world record currently stands at eight minutes and 58 seconds.

Blaine had planned to free himself from chains and handcuffs during his breath-holding stunt, but as air escaped from his mouth, divers jumped in, freed him and lifted him out of the water.


David Blaine Treated For Skin Problems

May 7th, 2006 12:00pm EDT
David Blaine
David Blaine will be treated by doctors inside his water-filled sphere, after complaining of skin problems. After five days contained inside the tank at New York City's Lincoln Center

Blaine's skin is peeling and he is experiencing "constant pins and needles" according to his spokesman Pat Smith. But he insists Blaine is determined to complete the stunt, which will culminate on Monday with 33-year-old Blaine's attempt to break the world record for holding breath under water - currently eight minutes and fifty eight seconds.

Smith says, "Doctors are concerned that he's weakening....

Celebs Check Out David Blaine's Underwater Stunt

May 6th, 2006 10:13am EDT
Courteney Cox & David Arquette
Hollywood couple Courteney Cox and David Arquette became the latest curious celebrities to check out illusionist David Blaine'sunderwater stunt in New York on Thursday when they took daughter Coco to check out his human aquarium. Colin Farrell and Matt Dillon have also checked in on Blaine, who has been submerged in a giant bowl in New York's Lincoln Center since Monday.

Blaine will `live' in his water world until Monday, when he will attempt to hold his breath under water for nine minutes. The quirky star, who has spent 61 hours in ice and 44 days fasting in a glass box suspended over...

David Blaine Will Attempt To Hold His Breath for 9 Minutes Underwater

April 28th, 2006 10:12am EDT
David Blaine
LATEST: Illusionist David Blaine is undergoing a grueling training schedule to prepare for his most difficult stunt ever. Blaine will attempt to hold his breath underwater for nine minutes - longer than any human being - while living in a human aquarium for a week. The current world record for a person holding one's breath underwater is eight minutes, 58 seconds.

"David Blaine: Drowned Alive" will be broadcast live on ABC on May 8 from New York City's Lincoln Center where a special aquarium is being built.

He explains, "I've been breaking my system down daily, so it's been tough...

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