Monday, April 17, 2006

Magician David Blaine Turns Dreams Into Working-Class Art

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Former street magician-turned- international entertainer David Blaine is living his dream so it’s appropriate that he gets most of his ideas while sleeping.

Blaine says his trick ideas come from nightly dreams he documents in a bedside journal and explains, “As soon as I wake up I have an image in my head, and I keep a pen and paper by my bed to write it down.”

That’s how he came up with his latest stunt: Holding his breath longer than any other human, which will be documented in the upcoming ABC primetime special, David Blaine: Drowned Alive, airing Monday, May 8.

The 33 year-old performer says entertainment is as much a part of his art as creativity.

In his words, “I do my art for all people, especially the regular people on the street.”

But Blaine says his fame does precede him now, adding, “When I was a teenager, I used to do magic” in response to restaurant or street magicians, but says he quit doing that about the time he started performing regularly.

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