Wait David Blaine is still relevant? (Was that rude, I regret nothing) I thought he was in retirement, but when the invitation to his press conference for ELECTRIFIED dropped into my inbox, I was much too curious not to go. The possibility that he might get electrocuted was a huge bonus.
This trailer tells you nothing so don’t watch it.
On a rainy Tuesday on Pier 54, a bunch of journalists huddled under a tent while David Blaine explained what he was doing and
reminded us that he still has a mortgage to pay why he was doing it. I knew I wouldn’t remember so I filmed it. He said he was inspired by Tesla (what what) and he wanted to recreate that scene from The Prestige (sic). Personally I was more bothered about the waste of energy. Global warming anyone?
Don’t get me wrong, I used to have a major crush on David Blaine. So much so I considered standing under his Glass Box in Tower Bridge with a sign saying I would take him for a Big Mac after he got out. Then I saw him throw his literal shit sack out the box and I went off him.
That is a groan you hear, because the bathroom thing came up. *shudder*
Blaine gets in a special chainmail suit (the kind divers wear when they go diving with Great Whites) and is enclosed in seven Tesla coils which are transmitting (transponding?) a million volts of electricity. One important thing to note is that Blaine is not allowed to touch his face, so has to stand there with his arms in the air for 72 hours, a bit like an electric Messiah, because he might electrocute himself.
Totes amaze brah.
The possibility for shenanigans is too great, but I will resist. You might think it looks a bit crap, but we press did not get the full show, because why would we. NOBODY CARES ABOUT US. Also because, it was raining, they were still building it, etc etc. He ends this on Monday with a “shocking” finale. (PUN INTENDED)
Global viewers can watch a livestream on YouTube or if you’re not in the United States of Freedom *cough* or parts of the world where Google is tantamount to eating a baby, you can watch on LeTV (China).
David Blaine: Electrified – One Million Volts Always On is sponsored by Intel Ultrabook and is running 5-8 October.
Doors open tonight at 6.30PM on Pier 54/Hudson River Park, W14th St, New York.
Nearest Subway: 14th St (A,C,E) or 8 Av (L)
Photos and video taken on a Fujifilm X10 courtesy of TALK PR. Thanks to VICE for the invite.