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David Blaine is an American illusionist,endurance artist, and extreme performer. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance and has set and broken several world records.
In May 1997, ABC aired Blaine’s first television special, David Blaine: Street Magic. Blaine explained his performance style, “I’d like to bring magic back to the place it used to be 100 years ago.”
In 2013, Blaine starred in a 90-minute ABC television special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, on November 19, 2013. The special featured Blaine performing magic for celebrities and public figures. Real or Magic achieved a 2.5 rating in the 18–49 age bracket. Moreover, it posted the best numbers in the 9:30–11:00 pm time slot for ABC’s 2013 season.
In 2020, Blaine performed the David Blaine Ascension stunt. In the stunt, he floated while holding on to a cluster of 52 helium-filled balloons using a harness. The stunt took place on the morning of September 2, 2020, in Page, Arizona. Blaine streamed the stunt live on YouTube as a YouTube Original program.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Blaine continued his hospital magic shows remotely via FaceTime and Zoom, with a particular focus on providing light relief and distraction for the frontline doctors, nurses and other health workers.