posted on May, 20 2005 @ 09:31 PM
I recently saw one of his specials for the first time and I was quite impressed myself; I had to find out too. Although I won't necessarily say
it's true, the main logical explanation I found was rather disappointing. I don't remember exactly where I found it, but google something like
"david blaine levitation" and surf the results for about half an hour; you'll most likely run across it.
Blaine (according to what I read) actually does two "levitations" for the audience, at least in the Street Magic special. The first one is called
the Balducci levitation; it's quite simple, but if you get the angles just right and the person watching is maybe caught a little off guard, you'll
blow their socks off. Essentially all it boils down to is standing on the toes of one foot with the angle set just right to where the audience can't
see it. Your back has to be turned somewhat to the audience, roughly a 45 degree angle to your profile. You only rise up a couple of inches with
this one. That's the first levitation he does, and the crew films the reactions to that one.
The second "levitation," where he seems to be about a foot off the ground, is actually an editing trick, and this is the footage of Blaine they'll
show on the special. Supposedly Blaine tells the audience that he's going to show them how magicians levitate in stage acts. He has the rigging and
everything setup (off camera) and performs it for them. In the cutting room, the footage of him rising a foot or so off the ground is spliced with
the audience's reaction to his first levitation (the one they were told was real), and voila! you have an amazing television special.
Again, this is from what I read online, I just want to drive that home so I don't get hit too hard
Some of the other stuff he does is just out
there though. I give him massive kudos for the endurance challenges he puts himself through--my idea of an endurance test is seeing how many minutes
I can go without a cigarette. And his tricks are definitely fun to watch, even if they're explained or not.