Vleeptron Institute of Public Gawking: posters of famed illusionists
In magical order:
Poster for David Blaine, at this very moment drowning in a transparent sphere filled with water in front of Lincoln Center, New York City. If he gets out alive, he'll emerge on live television tonight.
Poster promising the American illusionist David Copperfield will make the Statue of Liberty vanish. (He did, but then he put it back again.)
Poster of French illusionist Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805-1871), father of modern theatrical magic.
Detail from poster promoting a chained drowning illusion by the American illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest 1874, died 1926), who borrowed Robert-Houdin's stage name.
Gannett News Service (USA)
Monday 8 May 2006
David Blaine, Death
make for interesting night
by Mike Hughes
"David Blaine: Drowned Alive," 7-9 p.m., ABC.
Parts of this special, taped in advance, will be a standard magic show. David Blaine does tricks, including the type -- close-up ones with strangers on the street -- that made him famous.
Still, there's also the sort of gimmick Blaine savors:
For a week, he's been encased in a capsule across from the Lincoln Center in New York. If all goes well, that will open up near the end of this show and he'll be plunged into water.
From there, he'll try to break the record of staying under water for eight minutes, 58 seconds. The trickery, apparently, ends and a genuine challenge begins.
Mike Hughes covers television for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal and Gannett News Service. Reach him at email@example.com.