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David Blaine at the Fox, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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We’ve seen David Blaine do a lot of crazy things over the years -- mostly death-defying stunts and illusions on TV.

Now the New York-born magician is doing them in the flesh.

David Blaine Live is the 45-year-old’s first-ever road trek, a 36-date tour featuring nine pieces each night -- and a finale that’s so dangerous he can’t get insurance to cover it. It’s just another eyebrow-raising endeavor in a career that’s seen him buried alive for a week, sitting in a six-ton block of ice for three days and breaking a world record for holding his breath at more than 17 minutes.

Crazy? You bet. But Blaine, an admirer and student of Harry Houdini’s works, promises than nobody leaving the show will doubt that he’s for real...

• Blaine says by phone that the live show “by far the craziest endurance feat of my career. Just doing the show night after night, back to back, and doing all of the crazy things in one night is really the challenging. And so far we’re succeeding, so that’s a good sign. I didn’t expect to get this far, but the show hasn’t collapsed yet. So that’s a great thing.”

• The show itself “combines everything I love -- magic, endurance, me interacting with the audience, walking in and out, pulling people up on stage to see and feel it, be part of it. It’s the one chapter I’ve always wanted to do, which is create something on stage. I had no idea this was going to be one of my favorite pieces of anything I’ve done in my career.”

• Given his predilection for danger, Blaine acknowledges that some in the audience are a bit apprehensive about joining him on stage. “Usually those ARE the ones I bring up on stage. The ones who are the most afraid are usually the ones I insist on bringing up. They’re the most fun.”

• Blaine has no plans to film the show yet and isn’t sure if he’ll mount another one in the future. “I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to do this show again. Like I said, it’s physically the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I can’t imagine it lasting that much longer, just on the physical bearings of what’s possible.”

• Blaine says his philosophy towards everything he does is “fail until you can’t fail anymore. Try, try, try. Fail, fail, fail. Make failure your best friend and then you’ll get there. It’s never trying to be good -- it’s always trying to get better. You can push yourself further and further and further, just trying to be better. There’s no ceiling on how good you can be.”

If You Go:

• David Blaine Live

• 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

• Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets start at $25.

• Call 313-471-6611 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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