David Blaine

David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his highprofile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. Blaines first television special, Street Magic, has been called the best TV magic special ever done and the biggest breakthrough in our lifetime. Blaine revolutionized the way magic is shown on television, by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. The New York Times noted that hes taken a craft thats been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it. According to the New York Daily News, Blaine can lay claim to his own brand of wizardry. The magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level.

Blaine was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Patrice Maureen White , a school teacher, and William Perez, a veteran of the Vietnam War. His father was of half Puerto Rican and half Italian descent, and his mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. When Blaine was four years old, he saw a magician performing magic in the subway. This triggered a lifelong interest for him. He was raised by his single mother and attended many schools in Brooklyn. When he wasyears old, his mother married John Bukalo and they moved to Little Falls, New Jersey, where he attended Passaic Valley Regional High School. When Blaine wasyears old, he moved to Manhattan, New York.

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