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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Suck/lame: David Blaine

We continue our mission of clearly defining those people, things, ideas, thoughts, actions and other nouns and verbs of questionable lameitude with that crazy stunt guy, David Blaine.

Seriously, what’s the deal with this guy? Is he a magician? A lunatic? A professional dare taker? Whatever he is, Blaine has a way of convincing the public to care about his insane shtick. About 10 million people watched him fail to break the record for underwater breath-holding this week. (Yep, there’s a record for everything, isn’t there?) That’s not a huge amount of people compared to the audience for, say, “24,” but it’s about 9,999,998 more people than watched you that time in 5th grade when your friends dared you to drink pickle juice spiked with peanut butter and mustard. So there. And while Blaine didn’t break the record of 8 minutes 58 seconds, he did hold out for 7 minutes, which is impressive in a really, really stupid way. Ultimately, the question with Blaine is, “Who cares?” Yeah, we couldn’t do what he does. But we also aren’t capable of walking down the street with our pants around our ankles. Should we put that guy on TV, too?

So, is Blaine a media-savvy entertainer, or a dope that gets too much attention? In other words, is he lame? Vote by noon Friday.


Blogger Krista said...

He's lame.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote SUCKS.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

I think his street magic is pretty impressive, but that was YEARS ago.

The current Blaine? SUCKS.

1:53 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i've never seen any of his stunts on tv. i saw his cool magic years ago too. that was neat.

i am voting not suck.

is it his fault so many people are willing to pay him lots of money for this stuff? 10 million? that's really crazy. i vote that those 10 million people suck.

nice work David. and i bet he never has to sit in an office.

2:15 PM  
Blogger klhp said...



7:32 PM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

I was about to agree with Mark, because I think he raises a good point, but then I read the story about Johnny Lechner (a suck/lame candidate if there ever was one) at JSonline.com, and concluded there were too many parallels to ignore. Just because people pay attention to someone doesn't mean they shouldn't get called out for being f---ing stupid. Sucks.

12:32 AM  
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3:38 AM  
Blogger mark said...

i'm suprised people are hating on him. or i'm preceiving hate at least.

i haven't seen any of his stunts. maybe i'd think he's lame if i saw them.

i remember david copperfield walking through the great wall of china. that was neat. i was like 9...

he did get to talk to the nasa experts. that's neat.

so tell me why he sucks so bad? cause he got on tv for doing a stunt? i hardly know anything about this dude... fill me in.

3:38 AM  
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3:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he's a very very impressive magician. But the stunts are half bit. He's good

8:21 AM  
Blogger paul said...

I hate magic but I enjoyed his 'Street Magic' work. His stunts are stupid when treated like news or long form prime time entertainment. But viewed as 'high concept' performance art, his stunts are thought provoking and interesting... taking mental experiments we've all had and stretching them to absurd lengths. My favorite is Vertigo.
His monkish personality also make the "Hey Look at Me" aspect of his stunts more palatable.

I vote not sucks.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous cheddar said...

I vote suck. This nutcase broke off Josie Maran and currently breaks off Manon von Gerkan (Google her, you'll thank me).

I'm bitter and pissed he has access to women completely out of my galaxy.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Amber said...

I think that he's just annoying, if somebody wanted to take months, or even longer, out of their lives to do the training they could do the same thing that he's doing. I'm just sick of hearing about him, he's lame!

10:10 PM  
Anonymous e4life said...

Suck. Cheddar pretty much hit the nail on the head.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous kbl said...

How is this even a matter for debate? Suck.

11:18 AM  
Blogger mark said...

it's not a debate. no one answered any of my questions.

eric and matt hate him because he has sex with beautiful women.

other people think he is lame because ... cause he sucks.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An idea: if, when you post the suck/lame poll, you set the date on the post to some random, future date, the post will remain at the top of your blog all the time. That way, if random people who don't regularly read your blog, come to vote - they will find it right away, instead of scrolling down through several other blogs - and maybe giving up because they can't find it.

Maybe. Anyone? Just a thought.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And p.s., dude sucks.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Nick P. said...

The best magicians tell you they are going to trick you and then trick you right in front of your face. Blaine is the worst kind of magician--one that pretends he's actually doing magic. Like David Copperfield, he pretends he actually possesses mystical powers (like levitation), only his hook is nonchalantness rather than cheesy theatrics. Give the audience some credit, please, Blaine. Sucks.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous David Blane said...

Hello, I'am George. Visit my website, if you want to see tricks with David Blaine Street Magic. All tricks are video explained, so you can learn very easy. Thank's and have a great day.

1:28 AM  

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