Tuesday, August 19, 2003

try to understand, he's a magic man

An article in NYT discusses David Blaine's latest planned stunt--to live for 44 days suspended in a plexiglas container over the Thames River in London, surviving only on water. I first learned about David Blaine one year when I was back on the farm for Christmas, and he had just run the first of his TV specials in which a cameraman would follow him around while he did street magic tricks for surprised bystanders. This Freese Family discussion was notable because I was cast as being smug and close-minded for my refusal to entertain the possibility that Blaine might be really magic instead of just being a magician. Indeed, I can still call up the memory of my dear mother saying, "I thought maybe he was an angel."

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