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Having revolutionised modern magic and mesmerized audiences unlike any performer in history- magician, illusionist, and stunt artist, David Blaine will embark on his first-ever U.K. and Ireland tour announced today.
Blaine’s one-man show, Real Or Magic, brings his unique brand of entertainment, promising to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amazes. An experiment in and of itself, his performance combines his world-famous sleight of hand with his death-defying endurance acts. No two shows will be exactly the same.
David Blaine single-handedly redefined magic after producing and directing his original television special Street Magic when he was just twenty-three. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller called it “the best TV magic special ever done.” Bringing his up close and personal brand of magic to the stage resulted in sold out performances across the United States and Canada.
“David Blaine is famous for performing death defying stunts with the world watching. He calls it endurance art, testing the limits of the human body.”
Blaine was buried alive in a clear coffin in New York City for one week. The following year he stood inside a six-ton block of ice for 63 hours with no food or sleep. In 2002, he spent 36 hours standing atop a 30 meter pillar without a safety net, suffering a concussion after leaping ten stories into a pile of cardboard boxes. He survived for 73 hours with over one million volts of electricity discharged at him continuously from Tesla coils. Blaine endured 44 days of starvation inside a glass box suspended by a crane near the River Thames in London. When it was all over he emerged forever changed. In 2006, he lived underwater for a week in a sphere shaped aquarium at Lincoln Centre in New York City. He then attempted to break the world record for breath holding, resulting in emergency divers pulling him out to save his life.
Blaine has performed for U.S Presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and other international leaders and prominent figures such as Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Ali.
Edinburgh Playhouse started life as a large, single screen cinema in 1929. By 1973, profits were low and the building was sold and threatened with demolition. In 1980, the building was sold again and reopened as a fully functional theatre. Since then, the Playhouse has been host to some of the world's biggest musicals, including Les Misérables and Mamma Mia.