Kanye West & David Blaine

Last night, ABC aired Real Or Magic, a new special from the magician David Blaine. Blaine doesn’t make entire jetliners disappear or whatever, the way Copperfield or whatever would do, and there’s not much inherently cinematic about the sort of stuff he does. So his solution: Celebrities! For at least part of last night’s special, Blaine hung out with various celebrities, pulling off the nasty trick of sticking an icepick into his own hand and then having the celebrity pull it out. One of those celebrities was Kanye West, who, it has to be said, does not give the overwhelmingly satisfying reaction that Aaron Paul and Jada Pinkett Smith give. Still, if you ever want to see the little kid come out of Kanye, behold the goofy, bemused smile at the end of the three-minute video below.

(via Pitchfork)

I’m glad Kanye and Woody Harrelson are hanging out. I feel like Woody is probably a good influence.

Comments (7)
  1. David Blaine, your magic is real and I believe in you, BUT I. AM. A. GOD.

  2. How is this magic? People do way more interesting things in the Jim Rose side show.

    • I’m using your comment to go off on a petite morning-coffee-fueled tirade: I’m so sick and tired of goddamned cynics and Joyless Jeans getting all up in magic’s business. Sure it’s goofy. Of course it’s fake. And yeah a lot of professional magicians have a wildly underserved self-seriousness about them that’s noxious to the max. BUT IS IT FUN? Hell yeah.

      So next time I’m walking down the street in Manhattan (or Vegas or Montréal or wherever it is that magicians do their thing) and I stop amongst a gathering crowd to watch a guy with no shirt on pulling a card out of his ear, I better not hear a self-satisfied guy with a Don DeLillo novel tucked in his jacket pocket mumble, “Well he obviously just had the card hidden in his hand the whole time.” I don’t care to know how the trick works, I just want to know that it does work and that it brought some small wonder in my life for a few seconds.

      On a happier note: The stereotypical delight that many Black people display at magic tricks is contagious and wonderful and I love it.

  3. priceless

  4. Would it be really sad if it turns out David Blaine actually had a prosthesis inserted into his hand just to do this trick? That’d be some The Prestige shit.

    I’m glad to see hes putting his talents to use by trying to confirm stereotypes involving black people and magic tricks. Maybe this will stop the art form from becoming irrelevant.

  5. Yeah, but at least he didn’t do this

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