In contrast to his stoic demeanor last night, on Saturday night David was interacting with the musician,smiling, attempting to dance, and miming out requests and praise. My conspiracy theory is that David is counting on these grating semi-musical zaps to keep him awake for the planned three sleepless days. But I think the annoying nature of the sound of the tuned electrical bolts has kept the attendance low. You might enjoy the video best playing it at either very low volume or extremely high. But Electrified is well worth seeing in person, it’s a spectacle not likely to be repeated. Think of it like Andy Kaufman singing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall to completion.
Blaine is amazing in his willingness to, literally, put himself in such strange positions. He looks so vulnerable here, even surrounded by security. He takes ten minutes per hour upright to get medically checked and pee. The park closes between 1 and 6AM. Who keeps an eye on what is going on then? But even with the breaks this stunt looks extremely uncomfortable, and yes dangerous to his health. Like a boxer, his career involves injury to his body. I hope his special tonight involves more street magic than his last one did. I like the guy.
live ABC primetime special, “David Blaine: Dive of Death,” Wednesday, September 24th (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).
Everytime I’ve seen Blaine do one of these stunts he looks to be in pain or bored witless. They are calling this thing a gyroscope, I think it is more correctly called a gimbal. He was not spinning when I saw him. I had to search a bit to find him, as he is not directly in Times Square, but in a parking lot on 46th Street near Eighth Avenue.
A gimbal is a mechanical device that allows the rotation of an object in multiple dimensions. It is typically made up of two or three pairs of pivots, mounted on axes at right angles. A three-axis gimbal may allow an object mounted on it to remain in a horizontal plane regardless of the motion of its support. Shipboard compasses, chronometers, stove and even drink holders are typically mounted on gimbals to keep them level to the horizon at all times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimbal
I think he could create some cool chaotic gyrations if he started swinging around, but at ten this morning he had barely the energy to raise a hand or nod his head.
They are predicting rain for the next two days. I wonder if they will put a tarp over him? These endurance stunts are kind of creepy. We get to know too much about his bodily functions. And now I’m imagining his clothing bloating with the rain and him marinating within on this 3-dimensional spit. This is not pretty. But to tell the truth. I will probably check in on him again. But, David, please mix some street magic in with the creepy endurance stunts.
Most of the news reports I’ve seen call this thing a gyroscope. A gyroscope would be a useful thing to put in a set of gimbals, but unless he starts to rotate at a high speed, this is not a gyroscope. I’m sure it was chosen for its resemblance to the sponsor’s logo. The sponsor is giving shopping sprees to needy kids, if he escapes on Friday.
I went to see magician David Blaine in his Lincoln Center fishbowl. I like Blaine he does entertaining tricks and stunts. I found it suspicious that he was wearing this huge helmet, obscuring side and rear views of his head. If he wasn’t doing something tricky, why not a 360-degree transparent bubble for a helmet? Maybe it is the meagre remnant of his desire for privacy. I didn’t want to wait in line to look at him up close, but my camera was able to catch him looking right at me. Heard speculation on Howard Stern, that he isn’t actually in there. From my thirty-foot vantage I’ll say it is him.
News reports quote him as saying he is in a great deal of pain. He looks like it in this photo. And the description of the actual breath-holding chain-escape at the end of this stunt sounds genuinely dangerous. But the guy is a magician, tricks are guaranteed in every show. Drowned Alive - Monday night on ABC.
When I approached men were crawling all over the sphere, creating a humorous tableau. View Large
After the cleaning they started letting people file past on either side of him. It was a crap shoot whether you got to interact with him. These kids happened to encounter his back. Just to be clear, Blaine appeared to be very generous with his interactions with people. But he’d have to spin like a top to make everyone happy. View Large