The magic of David Blaine

 David Blaine brings the thrill of his 2013 hit TV show ‘Real or Magic’ to the live stage

David Blaine brings the thrill of his 2013 hit TV show ‘Real or Magic’ to the live stage

The allure, excitement and spectacle of magic tricks and illusions and endurance tests featuring one of the world’s most famous magicians and endurance artists will sweep the entertainment scene. David Blaine finally comes to Manila for a special show on September 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Titled Real or Magic, the one-night-only live show marks the debut performance of the 41-year-old star who is on his first-ever Asian tour following his hit ABC television special of the same title in 2013. Blaine is dubbed “the most exciting and most creative magician since Houdini” for his high-profile feats of endurance and marvelous street and close-up magic.

For 90 thrilling minutes, Blaine will blow his audience away as he performs a breathtaking array of magic tricks and endurance stunts that will test the limits of his physical strength and capability.

Real or Magic aptly describes the amazing saga of Blaine who developed an avid interest in magic at the age of four when he saw a magician performing his stunts in the subway in Brooklyn, New York City, where he was born and raised by his half-Puerto Rican and half-Italian father and Russian mother.

He has never looked back since then on his journey to the top as he conquered millions throughout the world with his magic acts.

He made his television debut on NBC on May 19, 1997 with a special, David Blaine: Street Magic, in which his brand of wizardry and performance earned him rave reviews from the New York Daily News, Time Magazine and The New York Times.

To the delight of his growing hordes fans, the next few years saw the wizard of magic becoming more creative as he demonstrated his mastery of his craft in a series of new, bolder and more death-defying endurance performances.

Most notable of these endurance acts were those featuring Blaine inside a sealed coffin-like box submerged at the bottom of a three-ton tank of water for a week, encased in a huge block of ice for 63 hours, standing unsecured on top of a 36-meter high narrow pillar for 53 hours, and dangled in a plastic cube above the Thames River for 44 hours with only water to sustain and keep him alive.

For his marvelous feats, Blaine broke a Guinness Book of World Record in 2008 during a live performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, when he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

His ultimate spectacle featured him testing the limits of his physical endurance while being zapped by a million volts of electricity produced by eight Tesla coil towers for 72 hours.

In his forthcoming show at the Big Dome, Blaine will hold his audience spellbound with less daring but still breathtaking acts ranging from card tricks and sleight of hand to pushing needles through his arm to the twisting of a chicken’s head and putting it back on.

Tickets are available at Ticketnet outlets and online at For more information, call 911-5555.


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