David Blaine White is an American illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic.
Blaine in one of his early stunts was entombed in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days across from Trump Place on 68th St. and Riverside Drive. Harry Houdini‘s niece, who said, “My uncle did some amazing things, but he could not have done this.
Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller, stated, “the biggest breakthrough done in our lifetime was David Blaine’s ‘Street Magic,’ where his idea was to do really simple tricks but to concentrate… to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the people doing. So to make the audience watch the audience, which that first special ‘Street Magic,’ is the best TV magic special ever done and really, really does break new ground.”