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David Blaine

David Blaine (April 4, 1973 -) is an American illusionist and stunt performer[?] born in Brooklyn, New York City. He made his a name as a performer of close-up magic, usually working on the streets. His act includes a variation of the Balducci levitation illusion. This format, recorded by a small camera crew, provided the basis for his breakthrough television special, "David Blaine : Street Magician".

He later turned his attention to feats of endurance, including being buried alive for five days and spending 61 hours encased in ice. His most recent feat in 2002 was standing on a tiny platform at the top of a 100 foot high pole for 35 hours, followed by jumping down onto a landing platform made of cardboard boxes.

He has cited Harry Houdini as one of his inspirations.

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