In this day and age, there are only a handful of magicians who have achieved household-name status. David Blaine is near the top of that list. Blaine's wildest magic tricks have included everything from being encased in a block of ice to having a million volts of electricity zapped through his body. But his personal life is just as singular, weird, and altogether fascinating.
This trailblazing magician was born in Brooklyn on April 4, 1973. At the age of four, he saw a street magician performing on the subway, and Blaine's love of magic was born. He set out to become a master of illusion and accomplished that task at a remarkably young age. He was just 24 years old when his first TV special aired, and he's been one of the most popular (and profitable) magicians in history ever since.
His Memoir Was Also A Literal Treasure Hunt With A $100,000 PrizePhoto: Villard
He Got His First Special By Levitating In Front Of Studio ExecutivesPhoto: ABC
He Once Killed A Pigeon With His Mind
He Hitched A Ride On A Snowplow To Get His Pregnant Fiancee To The Hospital During A Blizzard
He's Been Studied By Scientists To Discover His Dark Magical Secrets
He Once Held The World Record For Longest Held BreathVideo: YouTube