Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Embryonic Blaine


On Sunday a friend and I went to Lincoln Plaza to check out David Blaine’s latest stunt. I wasn’t expecting anything too exciting, and as such was not disappointed afterwards. Seeing a man in a giant bubble of water is rather interesting... for about a minute. One point I really enjoyed though was the visual resemblance to a fetus in utero. I am not a big fan of his stunts, but his street magic is incredible. I imagine Houdini was similar in that regard, except a grand spectacle in his day and age probably drew a relatively larger crowd. I heard recently that Blaine is Jewish (his mother being a Russian Jew, and his father Puerto Rican), and have already known that Houdini was a Jew (born Eric Wiess). What is it with Jewish illusionists (I prefer the term illusionist, as I would be hesitant to call such performances "magic")? What draws a Jewish soul to desire such large crowds gather in order to witness such spectacles? Is it simply ego? Or something grander? Anyway - I watched last night on ABC when he emerged for the first time in 7 days and then attempted to beat the record of longest amount of time spent underwater while holding ones breath. Ultimately he failed and came short of the record (which is 8 minutes, 58 seconds) with a nonetheless impressive 7 minutes and 8 seconds. After being rescued from the tank he seemed rather ill and depressed, I imagine it will take him some time to truly recuperate from this feat. His hands looked rather disgusting frankly and presumably large swaths of his skin will fall off (imagine the pruney look of your hands after a long bath multiplied by thousands). Hopefully there wasn’t extensive nerve damage which would put a bit of a handicap on his career. All in all... it was entertainment for the 21st century.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's not the jewish soul desiring attention from the masses...

Anonymous said...

or the Jewish part of his soul anyway

Brooklyn Habiru said...

Perhaps it is... perhaps it is a manifestation of the Jewish soul's desire to be an "Ohr Le'Amim" [light unto the nations] that has become corrupted in its embrace of egotism.

PS Anonymous: I would appreciate if you at least invent a name for yourself next time.

Anonymous said...

Sorry ... it's bubs, I don't know how to do any other name but anonymous on here... i'm blogspot illiterate