David Blaine

David Blaine
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Blaine at the Grand Canyon
David Blaine White

(1973-04-04) April 4, 1973 (age 47)
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David Blaine (born David Blaine White on April 4, 1973) is an American magician. He has set and broken several world records.

Early & personal life

Blaine was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. His father, William Perez, was a Vietnam veteran. His mother was Patrice Maureen White, a school teacher.

At the age of four, he saw a magician performing at a magic show in the subway, and became interested in the subject. Growing up, he was raised by his single mother. He attended many schools. When he was ten years old, his mother married another man, and the family moved to Little Falls, New Jersey.

Blaine has a half-brother named Michael James Bukalo. When he was 17 years old, he moved to Manhattan.

Blaine married Alizee Guinochet. They have one daughter, Dessa, who was born in January 2011.

Stunts and specials

Since 1997 and throughout his life, Blaine has been doing all kinds of stunts. Some of them include (in time order):

  • Street Magic and Magic Man
  • Buried Alive
  • Frozen in Time
  • Vertigo
  • Mysterious Stranger
  • Above the Below
  • Drowned Alive
  • Revolution
  • Guinness World Records
  • Dive of Death
  • Electrified: One Million Volts Always On

Charity and more

Every year, David Blaine has traveled all across the country and the world to perform magic for children.

On January 15, 2010, David Blaine started performing "Magic For Haiti" in Times Square. He performed for 72 hours. He raised nearly one hundred thousand dollars.

David Blaine has traveled internationally. He has performed for President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (at the Pentagon), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has also performed magic for the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, and the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. David Blaine has also performed for Lakshmi Mittal.

Blaine has performed for many other people, including Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Muhammad Ali. Blaine has also performed magic alongside Michael Jackson.

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