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Pure Unconditional Entertainment

July 10th, 2007 at 08:00 pm

Tonight we watched 1 hour of David Blayne, Street Magician on TLC.

I love these guys. Even being a highly educated, serious minded, practical thinker, it is impossible not to have fun watching and WONDERING.

OK, have you heard of him? He is a 20's something highly accomplished fellow walking around the country showing tricks to the man on the street. It is intentionally anti-high theatrical. Apparently he is fed up with the David Copperfield types and wants to bring the magic and fun back to the average person.

For example:

1. He asks the small town cop (sitting in his patrol car no less) to pick a card and without further ado (and I mean NOTHING else) tells him what the card is.

2. He walks into the auto factory and asks 2 guys (with their half dozen buddies standing around) to simply THINK of 2 cards, not even pick one. And proceeds to tell them what they were thinking of.

3. He joins a group of oldsters in an Italian restaurant, hands the grandpa type a brand new sealed deck. Doesn't touch them himself. Turns around and instructs the guy to shuffle, pick one, shuffle profusely, spread them out like a fish pond, and stop. He then turns back around, covers the fish pond of cards with a menu and stabs the menu with a steak knife. Capturing of course, only ONE card, which is the one the grandpa had picked.

4. Stops in front of the tattoo parlor and does some more tricks for the freaks there. They are flabberghasted.

5. Does a trick to a mom and little girl and somehow NEVER touching her, gets her card in the girls back pocket!

7. Visits the lockerroom of the Dallas Cowboys football team, and makes the big guys fall over in a stupor switching cards in their hands without touching them.

8. He gets a few folks in front of a store window, does the pick a card, any card routine. Then takes the deck and THROWS it at the window. The card of choice ends up stuck to the window-ON THE INSIDE!!!!!!!!! The only card that stuck.

6. OK, his best trick. He somehow rises up off the ground about 6-8". He does this over and over to different people. It looks REAL. It is a riot. People practically faint over this one.

So we had an hour of pure fun, free. Whew.

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