PART.4 - DAVID BLAINE
Quite a few things have happened since I wrote PART.3, and it’s hard to believe all of this is happening and coming true.
Since I arrived from Chicago I was able to complete and launch my new website (www.shademagic.com). This website is more of a personal portfolio to me, highlighting all the work I have ever done and capturing the special moments of my career. When I pass, I want to be remembered through my art and still continue to inspire people through my craft. I don’t want to be just a faded memory. To go along with the new website, I also printed new business cards and new flyers starting off the new year just right.
Prior to Chicago when I was preparing for the scientist demonstration, I was able to organize my knowledge on gambling and create a 1 hour gambling show. It consists of everything from poker cheating, manipulating the cards, protecting yourself in a real game, to a special glimpse into the life of a card hustler. Truly an underground surreal experience.
Once the gambling expose show was complete, I decided to film some of the techniques and showcase them in my most recent video called “SHADE - CHEAT” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tnusiJFnlw). This video was hard to produce because these moves literally take years to perfect & master. I wanted the video to give you an underground feel of a card hustler doing these moves right in front of you. No music, no gimmicks, and no special editing. Something pure. I released the video on my birthday and it gained 5000 views within the first 3 weeks after its release. I am deeply touched with the response from everyone who showed their love and support.
Just about a week prior to the video release, I received a long distance call displaying a New York number. I was very curious because I don’t know anyone in NYC and when I picked up the phone it was David (fucking) Blaine..! The King of New York. I was so shocked and deeply surprised. This man has inspired me so much in everything that I do. He changed the magic game forever and is truly a living legend.
- Released his first magic special at only 24 years old changing magic forever.
- Buried himself alive for 7 days in a glass coffin for everyone to see.
- Froze himself in a block of ice for 63 hours in the middle of Times Square.
- Stood on a 100 foot pillar in the middle of New York for 35 hours with no safety net.
- Lived in a glass box for 44 days without food and only water above the London Bridge.
- Submerged himself in a glass sphere filled with water for 7 days/nights straight.
- Electrically shocked 1 million volts through his body for 72 hours standing on a pillar
- Held his breath underwater for 17 minutes breaking the world record on Oprah.
Over the phone he inspired me to keep going in this magic game. Despite all of the politics in the industry, the whole business/money side, regardless of all the ups and downs, speaking to him reminded me what it was all about. The passion, art, and craft of magic. After the phone call, he sent me some of his playing cards straight from his office headquarters in New York. David Blaine is my hero, idol, and forever my inspiration…
After writing all these entries, you can see how much I have grown and how far I have gone. I still feel like I’m not even half way to where I want to be. I have accomplished a lot, but still have so much more things I want to do and share with all of you. It has been a blessing to live this life and have an undying passion continuously growing since I was a little kid. I’m currently working on a new project that will be released in a few weeks and I am very excited to share it with all of you who have supported me since the very beginning.
Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me…