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January 19, 2010
The world’s most famous magician will take your audience on a journey into his world of magic that will leave them believing they have the power to achieve the impossible. With the wonderment of magic, David Blaine brings his up close and personal style combined with his determination and inspirational methods to a new level which has led some to call him a modern-day scientist. At his presentation at TEDMED he was one of only two speakers to receive a standing ovation. He took the
audience on a journey describing how he was able to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes—a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!)—and what his often death-defying work means to him. Blaine delivers a one-of-a-kind performance where he interacts and engages your audience and showcases his unique brand of magic and his world-renowned feats of endurance. Blaine’s riveting repertoire thrills audiences and is certain to be one of the more unique experiences they will have.
The world's most famous magician sits down to give his perspectives on what it's like to be the center of so many infamous feats. Called "the hottest name in magic" by USA Today, Blaine takes questions from the audience, giving them a front row seat to the headline-making stunts that have captured the public's attention over the last decade.
Heralded by The New York Times as “a latter-day Houdini,” David Blaine has redefined magic around the world with his unique, intimate, close-up style and his challenges that have set new boundaries of human endurance.
The world’s most famous magician and endurance artist who has captured several Guinness World Records for his feats, David Blaine amazes audiences around the world with his awe-inspiring body of work. Having first come to the public’s attention through the documentary Street Magic, Blaine is an extraordinary artist who has followed in the footsteps of the great Harry Houdini by pushing himself to the limit and showcasing the strength that lies dormant in all of us. Blaine, who was one of only two speakers to receive a standing ovation at the 2009 TEDMED Conference, is the center of many high-profile, televised stunts, including being buried alive, living underwater and hanging in a glass box over London’s River Thames for 44 days. He dazzles audiences with his unique brand of magic, making a powerful case for the role that creativity plays in all of our lives. Blaine has been featured in many articles as well as on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Charlie Rose and Larry King Live.
Praise for David Blaine:
“It is not easy to reduce to a state of complete silence a room of 10 super-opinionated, garrulous newspaper journalists and advertising executives..But David Blaine managed it…I fully expected him to be an unbearable show-off; a brash, doncha-know-how-clever-I-am Yank. I was wrong. As usual. He was not only warm, engaging and charming, he was electrifyingly brilliant.” – The London Telegraph
"His stunts provide an excellent way to assert his incredible self-control: he trains precisely, obsessively, and maps out every aspect of his environment months in advance." - The New York Times Magazine
"So impressive, in fact, that viewers will find themselves sometimes speechless, sometimes shouting with excitement, sometimes shaking their heads in disbelief and sometimes trying to keep their eyes from popping out of their heads in wonder."
- The Daily News