David Blaine’s “Frozen In Time” …Timeline

MagicTimes Spotlight News

January 26, 2000 — December 17, 2000

On Nov. 29 at 10pm ET David Blaine’s third TV special airs on ABC-TV. This edition, titled “David Blaine: Frozen In Time” will culminate with a live segment from New York City where Blaine will be removed from a huge block of ice where he has been encased since Nov. 27 at 8am. The 3-day ordeal will be covered by many media outlets and Blaine’s new website (www.davidblaine.com) produced by iCast will feature a live web feed featuring video and the tracking of his vital signs.

As in the past we will try to keep you abreast of all the pertinent details and exclusive information as it becomes available. This page will be a living document which will be updated at least once a day — most likely several times a day — as we get new information. You might feel that the information is an overload but it is an important historical record of the events leading to the TV show and the endurance stunt.

DECEMBER 17, 2000 – SUNDAY
• A David Blaine reference in an Associated Press article which recommends his ice stunt: “The benefits are obvious: a cooling-off period from e-mail, phones and screenings; a chance to chill before you do something stupid…” To read the Dec. 17 story by Frazier Moore titled “Networks Know Tricks of the Trade” click: HERE.(12/17)

• A David Blaine reference: “In a truly bizarre event, magician David Blaine, 27, spent 62 hours encased in a block of ice in New York’s Times Square. He emerged on national television Nov. 29 unable to move his legs. Blaine, who last year had himself buried under a sidewalk, said he pulled the stunt because he wanted to confront his fears.” To read the Dec. 17 Pioneer Planet story titled “Chad wars over, it’s time to catch up on trivia” click: HERE.(12/17)
DECEMBER 16, 2000 – SATURDAY
• David Blaine makes it into TV Guide’s Cheers and Jeers section as a Cheer: “Debunkers griped that air pumped into the icy sarcophagus kept frigidity at bay (think igloo), but the disoriented, pained state in which Blaine emerged convinced us that the endurance test was no winter wonderland. Indeed, the ice-breaking program ended unpleasantly, as Blaine was whisked away in an ambulance.” To read the Dec. 16-22 issue of TV Guide’s Cheers and Jeers column click: HERE.(12/18)
DECEMBER 11, 2000 – MONDAY
• Right after David Blaine’s TV special on Nov. 29 Channel 10 Eyewitness news in Miami interviewed 82-year old Dale Thorpe claiming to be the “Original Ice Man.” During the interview which was conducted while Thorpe was lying in a coffin made of ice he said “…Windward Beach, 1934, Kansas City, that’s when I first started into this business [of being encased in ice].” Doug Dunbar reported “…over 50 years ago. Thorpe made $500 a week on a vaudeville tour, lying for hours sometimes days inside an ice coffin wearing far less then Blaine’s black pants, shirt and knit hat.” They showed many photos to verify that Thorp actually did this while Thorpe explained that what he did 50+ years ago was much more difficult.(12/11)
DECEMBER 10, 2000 – SUNDAY
• The Washington Post ran a poem with David Blaine as a recurring theme. The piece ends with: “There’s a lesson in this tale, howe’er, so hear me clear and plain: No country can be sound and strong without a David Blaine.” To read the Dec. 10 poem/rhyme by Gene Weingarten titled “The Ballot Of David Blaine” click: HERE.(12/11)
DECEMBER 9, 2000 – SATURDAY
• During the Dec. 5 2000 Billboard Music Awards co-host Kathy Griffin does a spoof of David Blaine in ice. To view the Dec. 9 photo and caption by Ethan Miller in the Las Vegas Sun click: HERE.(12/10)
DECEMBER 8, 2000 – FRIDAY
• David Blaine was the 12th most searched term on the Lycos search engine for the week ending Dec. 2. A Guardian article points out “Surprise climber: David Blaine excited great interest as he encased  himself in ice in Times Square for two-and-a-half days. To read the Dec. 8 story titled “The Editor: Weblife: Click count” supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(12/9)
DECEMBER 7, 2000 – THURSDAY
• The official Nielsen Media Research ratings are in and the David Blaine: Frozen In Time TV special finished 20th for the week of Nov.27 – Dec. 3 with a 10.1 rating and a 16 share which translates to a viewership of 15.88 million people. Around three million people more than his last TV special.(12/7)
DECEMBER 6, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• David Blaine: Frozen In Time” is picked as a winner in a Washington Post story which explains that “Blaine’s core 18-to-49 audience, no programming has done better in the slot since coverage of the Columbine High School shooting.” To read the Dec. 6 story by Lisa de Moraes titled “Ice Guys Finish First: David Blaine Warms Up ABC” click: HERE.(12/7)

• MSNBC ran the Dec. 6 E!Online story by Marcus Errico titled “Regis, Drew and magic boost ABC” which states that David Blaine helped ABC win the ratings war. To read the story click: HERE.(12/6)

• David Blaine’s stunts are discussed in a Village Voice article about the history of endurance stunts and extreme performance art becoming part of mainstream entertainment. Blaine is described as “…reviving an old vaudeville tradition: the death-defying act. His last piece, in which he lay six feet under in a Plexiglas coffin for a week, was supposedly a stunt Houdini wanted to do.” To read the Dec. 6-12 article by C. Carr titled On Edge: X-treme Performance Art Moves From the Margin to the Mainstream Ready for Prime Time” click: HERE.(12/6)
DECEMBER 5, 2000 – TUESDAY
• An E!Online story credits David Blaine and Regis for making ABC win the ratings war against NBC. To read the Dec. 5 story by Marcus Errico titled “ABC’s Ratings Magic: David Blaine, Regis, power network to weekly win” click: HERE.(12/7)

• David Blaine: Frozen In Time finished at number 20 for the week according to an Associated Press story. To read the Dec. 5 article titled “Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings” click: HERE.(12/6)

• David Blaine: Frozen In Time’s ratings are mentioned in a Zap2It article. To read the Dec. 5 article titled “ABC Wins Slow Week With ‘Millionaire'” click: HERE.(12/6)

• David Blaine’s ice stunt is explored in an MSNBC article which claims that hot air was being pumped into the icy enclosure. To read the Dec. 5 article by Jeannette Walls titled “So why did David Blaine’s ice melt?” click: HERE.(12/5)

• A David Blaine joke in the Los Angeles Times “Did you see magician David Blaine [encased] in that block of ice? . . . Any colder and he’d be a Hollywood agent.” To read the Dec. 5 joke from the Daily Scoop in the “Laugh Lines” section click: HERE.(12/5)
DECEMBER 4, 2000 – MONDAY
• David Blaine in a Salon article which begins “The Ice Man cometh; and the ambulance taketh away!” Blaine’s TV special is called “It’s the epitome of sensationalism, an hour-long special about a street magician cum self-aggrandizing Zen daredevil encasing himself in a 6-ton block of ice for three days — in Times Square, no less.” To read the Dec. 4 article by Max Renn, Stephanie Zacharek, Max Garrone and Sara Wood titled “Bottoms up!” click: HERE.(12/5)

• A UPI story in the “Jockstrip: The World As We Know It” section titled “Ice, Ice Baby” recounted the David Blaine events in the past week. To read the Dec. 4 story by Dennis Daily supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(12/4)

• The Dec. 4 issue of USA Today ran a letter titled “Magician’s icy risk” which questioned why did people go see David Blaine and why he received all the attention. To read the letter which appeared on page 26A click: HERE.(12/4)
DECEMBER 3, 2000 – SUNDAY
• A lengthy article about David Blaine appeared in The Observer which describes what he does as “The sheer brilliance of Blaine, combined with his capacity to turn his art into a great public spectacle, has helped lift magic on to a new plane.” To read the Dec. 3 article by Edward Helmore titled “Magic touch of the new Houdini” click: HERE.(12/7)
DECEMBER 2, 2000 – SATURDAY
• A BBC News story describes David Blaine as “the fastest-rising star in the world of magic, taking his dazzling abilities off the small screen and onto the streets.” Describing what makes for good magic according to Blaine, “He speaks of needing to ‘affect’ those for whom he performs, to touch a personal nerve. Hence the coins in the beggar’s cup. ‘My favourite part is when I connect,’ he says. ‘If there’s no connection, there’s no magic.” Magicians mentioned in the article are Paul Daniels, Tommy Cooper, David Nixon, Jack Delvin, and Jerry Sadowitz. To read the Dec. 2 article by Andrew Walker titled “David Blaine: No Illusions” click: HERE.(12/3)
DECEMBER 1, 2000 – FRIDAY
• David Blaine is featured in a New York Times article which covers his condition after the event and reveals new information about his personal life. After watching the end of the TV special with the reporter she describes him, “When Mr. Blaine sees himself unlocked from the ice, mumbling about having lost his mind, tears come to his eyes. He’s sitting on a chair on wheels, he is told, unable to move his legs; he says he has lost money on the stunt; he says he would never do it again, and he is crying.” About Blaine’s finances, “He also says that while ABC paid him $1 million, he is now $150,000 in debt. But he says it isn’t about the money. It’s about testing yourself. Embracing what frightens you.” To read the Dec. 1 article by Joyce Wadler titled “A Latter-Day Houdini, Out of Cold Storage” click: HERE. (Members only website).(12/2)

• David Blaine: Frozen In Time” is reviewed in The Salt Lake Tribune and it is panned. The review ended with “Had there been more mystifying and less ice, the special would have left me more than cold.” To read the Dec. 1 review by Martin Renzhofer titled “ABC’s David Blaine Magic Special Was The Ice Man Dumbeth” click: HERE.(12/2)

• A Variety article mentions that David Blaine: Frozen in Time “…attracted more viewers (prelim 15.88m) than anything ABC has aired in the 10 o’clock Wednesday hour since May.” To read the Dec. 1 story by Rick Kissell titled “ABC edges NBC in viewers for November sweeps” click: HERE.(12/2)

• The overnight Nielsen TV ratings for Wednesday Nov. 29 have “David Blaine: Frozen In Time” second in it’s time slot for the night with a 10.8 rating and a 16 share which translates to a little more than 11 million households who tuned in to see the show. The rating is considered very good and better than the two previous shows. The overnights are usually adjusted before they become official in a few days.(12/1)

• A Daily Mail article about David Blaine quotes him, “I was hallucinating… I was screaming to get out. I was screaming Josie (his girlfriend) and she was standing there but not looking …I didn’t realize where I was. I couldn’t understand the wall of ice in front of me. I thought I had died. It didn’t make sense to me.” To read the Dec. 1 article titled “Get me out now! After 61 hours, desperate plea of ice tomb man” supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(12/1)

• David Blaine’s stunt in an Edmonton Journal  article which describes the event, “After three days as the world’s biggest, best-hyped ice cube, Blaine emerged alive from his frozen shell Wednesday night to cheers from bystanders and boffo ratings.” To read the Dec. 1 article titled “Iceman Blaine defrosts after ‘nightmare’ stunt” click: HERE.(12/1)

• A blurb about David Blaine’s condition in the “Et Cetera” section of USA Today. To read the Dec. 1 article click: HERE.(12/1)

• The Times article quotes David Blaine from his appearance on Good Morning America “After the first three hours I thought there was no way I was going to make it. For the last hour I was hallucinating. I thought I’d died. I was trying to tell them, ‘Cut a hole in the ice — now.’ My ice man outside knew I had flipped. He cut that hole.” To read the Dec. 1 article  titled “Magician’s ice little earner” click: HERE.(12/1)

• The Advertiser reported that David Blaine “…survived to collect $1.93 million for his feat from the national television network ABC, which broadcast the special, David Blaine: Frozen in Time.” To read the Dec. 1 article by Chris Michaud titled “Iceblock magician collects cool $1.9m” click: HERE.(12/1) 

• A rerun of David Blaine’s appearance on the Nov. 30 episode of Access Hollywood appears on Dec. 1 at 4am and  at 12:30pm ET on WNBC-TV.(This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and stations).(11/30)
NOVEMBER 30, 2000 – THURSDAY
• The David Blaine live webcast which was produced by iCast increased the traffic to that site. Variety reported that “The three-day Webcast significantly increased traffic to the site, from around 100,000 visitors to almost 1 million.” Unfortunately iCast went out of business immediately after the webcast. To read the Nov. 30 story by Ann Donahue and Tim Swanson titled “Madona, Magician Attract Millions On Net” click: HERE.(12/1)

• David Blaine who has taken the New York press by storm is featured in a New York Times story which describes him when he came out of the ice as “The magician who emerged from the increasingly unstable ice box seemed a shadow of the confident, robust, shirtless fellow who entered two days before.” Describing the last day of the event, “Hours before his escape, the thrill of the chill appeared to have been lost for Mr. Blaine, who looked pale and cold inside his ice bubble, often putting his hands in his pockets or blowing into his stocking cap. And unlike previous days, he wasn’t smiling much.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Jesse McKinley titled “Weak From His 62 Hours in Ice, Ice Man Exits to an Ambulance” click: HERE.(You need to be a member to view this).(12/1)

• David Blaine was rushed to a hospital after completing his icy stunt last night. Explaining his condition he said that his ankles are swollen and he is not able to walk. He expects to leave the hospital in a couple of days and be back to normal very soon. His biggest problem toward the end is that he became delusional and thought he was dead.(11/30)

• This Is London runs the David Blaine Reuters story titled “Iceman cometh out after 62 hours.” To read the Nov. 30 story click: HERE.(12/1)

• Latino Linx ran the New York Times story titled “Magician David Blaine Emerges From Icy Stunt.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Jesse McKinley click: HERE.(12/1)

• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on Access Hollywood on Nov. 30 at 7:30pm ET on WNBC-TV.(This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and stations).(11/30)

• WABC Eyewitness News at noon did a story about David Blaine’s recovery on Thursday Nov. 30.(11/30)

• David Blaine’s appearance on Good Morning America by camera from his hospital bed is recounted on their updated website. To read the Nov. 30 story titled “Icebreaker: Magician David Blaine Comes in From the Cold” click: HERE.(11/30)

• A New York Post article reported that “After 61 hours of hype-o-thermia, David Blaine ended his ice capade on live TV last night.” To read the Nov. 30 story by Ed Robinson titled “He Blaine, He Thaw – He Conquered” click: HERE.(11/30)

• The official time which David Blaine spent inside the giant ice cube was 61 hours, 40 minutes and 15 seconds.(11/30)

• CNN runs the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist freed from icy confines after 62 hours.” To read the Nov. 30 story click: HERE.(11/30)

• The Iceman cometh … out” was the lead of a Reuters story immediately following the Blaine event. The story reported that “…on Wednesday, his [David Blaine] first words were: ‘I want out. I want out now.’ Minutes later, Blaine was free, but he had to be carried. Shaky and seemingly disoriented, he said, ‘Something’s wrong,’ as microphones were thrust into his face, and a close friend told reporters the daredevil ‘probably went into shock.”’ To read the Nov. 30 story by Chris Michaud titled “Daredevil Carried Out of Ice Cell After 2-1/2 Days” click: HERE.(11/30)

• David Blaine is out and here is what the Associated Press wrote “Blaine emerged wobbly and incoherent Wednesday night after the ice was chipped away. He was quickly wrapped in blankets, placed on a stretcher, and whisked to a waiting ambulance. His condition was not immediately known.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Lukas I. Alpert titled “Illusionist Freed From Icy Confines” click: HERE.(11/30)

• The Guardian reported about David Blaine’s stunt that “More than 25,000 people appeared to have made their way to Times Square, Manhattan, to see him stand stock-still with five inches of room to spare inside the block, placed in an ABC television studio.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Michael Ellison titled “Freeze tease Magician wins $1m for 58 hours in ice block” click: HERE.(11/30)

• BBC News ran a story which lead with “David Blaine emerges from the block of ice after 58 hours Celebrity magician David Blaine has emerged unscathed after spending 58 hours encased in a block of ice.” To read the Nov. 30 article titled “Magician thaws after ice stunt” click: HERE.(11/30)

• An E! Online news story about David Blaine repeats what he said about his experience “I was convinced my career was over. I didn’t know what I was going to do for work. I thought it was the biggest disaster ever.” To read the Nov. 30 story titled “The Iceman Defrosteth” click: HERE.(12/3)

• An ABC News story which suggests that David Blaine and Robert Downey Jr. should change places. To read the Nov. 30 article by Heidi Oringer titled “A Modest Proposal: What If Robert Downey Jr. and David ‘Iceman’ Blaine Switched Places?” click: HERE.(12/3)

• The Washington Post ran the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist Freed From Icy Confines.” To read the Nov. 30 story by Lukas I. Alpert click: HERE.(11/30)

• David Blaine’s emergence from the block of ice is reported in a Zap2it story. To read the Nov. 30 article titled “Blaine Emerges From Ice” click: HERE.(11/30)

• MSNBC ran the Reuters story titled “Daredevil carried out of ice block:  Illusionist shaky, very disoriented after frozen stunt.” To read the Nov. 30 story click: HERE.(11/30)

• CBS News ran the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist Breaks The Ice.” To read the Nov. 30 article click: HERE.(11/30)

• Newsday ran the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist freed from icy confines.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Lukas I. Alpert click: HERE.(11/30)

• The Charlotte Observer ran the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist freed from icy confines after 62 hours.” To read the Nov. 30 article by Lukas I. Alpert click: HERE.(11/30)

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a story titled “Magician Blaine completes ice-cube stunt.” To read the Nov. 30 article click: HERE.(11/30)

• FOX News ran the New York Post story titled “He Blaine, He Thaw – He Conquered.” To read the Nov. 30 article click: HERE.(11/30)

• Jam Showbiz ran the Associated Press story titled “Illusionist leaves 6-tonne ice tomb.” To read the Nov. 30 article click: HERE.(11/30)

• CBC News runs the Nov.30 Associated Press story about David Blaine titled “Illusionist leaves 6-tonne ice tomb in Times Square after 62 hours.” to read the story click: HERE.(11/30)

• CNN’s Showbiz Today did a segment about David Blaine on their Nov. 29 show which also aired on Nov. 30 at 4am ET.(11/30)

• Good Morning America will be checking up on David Blaine to see how he is doing after the three day ordeal inside the ice. The show airs on Thursday Nov. 30 at 7am – 9am ET on ABC-TV (US).(11/29)

• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on the Rosie O’Donnell show on Thursday Nov. 30 at 10am on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/24)
NOVEMBER 29, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• Blaine Bound In Block Of Ice On Broadway. Shades of Kuda Bux, Lester Lake and of course the great “Mystefier,” Houdini! David Blaine has revived the spectacular outdoor stunts of an earlier day, now tricked out with 21st century technology. MagicTimes spoke with William Kalush, Blaine’s collaborator as well as co-executive producer of the ABC-TV special “Frozen In Time,” at the Broadway and 44th Street site where magician Blaine braves the chill of his icy crypt and the scrutiny of the world as he awaits to be released from his arctic-like cell at the conclusion of the Nov. 29 broadcast. …Go to full story.(11/29)

• ABC News reported that “Magician David Blaine was freed from an eight-foot tall block of ice tonight before a crowd of onlookers chanting his name, after nearly three days inside the giant cube. After more than 61 hours, engineers and paramedics pulled Blaine from the ice block. He was clearly disoriented, unable to walk on his own and complained of severe foot pain. With his girlfriend by his side, Blaine was driven off in an ambulance. His condition is not known.” To read the Nov. 29 article titled “Icebreaker : Magician David Blaine Comes in From the Cold” click: HERE.(11/30)

• According to a press release from davidblaine.com David Blaine let out a scream on Tuesday evening “…when his catheter was accidentally pulled by a vacuum.  The incident happened when a production assistant was cleaning the melting ice beneath the Frozen in Time platform.”(11/29)

• iCast which was supplying the feed for David Blaine’s Frozen In Time stunt officially goes out of business on Thursday Nov. 30. According to CNET News CMGI it’s parent company “…has seen its stock price dip more than 90 percent from its 52-week high of $163.50. Its shares closed Wednesday at $10.88. To read the Nov. 29 story by Jim Hu titled “CMGI to pull plug on iCast site” click: HERE.(11/30)

• David Blaine featured in an ABC News story which reported that “Thousands of people stopped by the ABC studio on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway, where Blaine was encased in a six-ton block of ice for nearly three days — holding up traffic and raising the tempers of both traffic police and local business people.” To read the Nov. 29 article by Melanie Axelrod titled “Only in New York City: Really Cool or Really Crazy? David Blaine Ice Stunt Has Spectators Scratching Their Heads” click: HERE.(11/30)

• The Halifax Herald ran a story about David Blaine trying to find out if he is crazy. According to Andrea Wong, ABC’s senior vice president of alternative series and specials, “I think so… But there’s a cross between brilliance and totally out of his mind.” Speaking about him earning a living Blaine is quoted, “I’m surviving, but I’m not pulling in the dollars,” he says. “I haven’t bought a car. I have a motorcycle and I can buy DVDs when I want so I’m not hurting, but my goal isn’t to sell out. It’s to advance the art of magic.” To read the Nov. 29 article by Kevin D. Thompson titled “The iceman cometh to prime-time television: The boldness of illusionist David Blaine” click: HERE.(11/30)

• David Blaine in a New York Times feature which reported that “The Police Department, which set up barricades to contain the gawkers, would not estimate the crowd’s size, but event organizers said they believed that more than 25,000 people had come to see the iceman standeth, sleepeth and freezeth.” To read the Nov. 29 article by Jesse McKinley titled “Warmer Temperatures Are Shrinking the Cocoon of the Times Square Ice Man” click: HERE. (You must be a member to view this).(11/29)

• CNN’s Showbiz Today did a segment about David Blaine on their Nov. 29 show which aired several times through the day.(11/30)

• An ITN story about David Blaine reported “For magician David Blaine, it is more a test of physical endurance than magic.” To read the Nov. 28 article titled “Magician puts himself on ice” click: HERE.(11/30)

• Local New York City radio stations were obsessed with the David Blaine event speaking about it and promoting it the entire day.(11/29)

• The Spokesman Review ran the New York Times story which called David Blaine “…the magician of the moment, with a streetwise hipness that makes him more palatable than big-budget cheesemeisters like David Copperfield.” To read the Nov. 29 Joel Brown story titled “Frozen magician breaks for freedom TV tonight” click: HERE.(11/29)

• A question is asked in Salon.com, “Is hepcat magician David Blaine’s latest stunt, in which he’s encased himself in a block of ice for three days smack-dab in the middle of Times Square, just a bunch of hot air?” The answers are given by Penn Jillette. To read the Nov. 29 article by Amy Reiter titled “Now That’s Cold” click: HERE.(11/29)

• David Blaine in a San Francisco Chronicle story which described one of the pieces of magic which were left out of the special. To read the Nov. 29 article by John Carman titled “More Chills Than Thrills in This Magic Act” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The New York Daily News reviewed the “David Blaine: Frozen In Time” TV special giving it four stars. The article describes Blaine as “…a magician and ultra-cool presence on the New York scene for many years, has forged a national reputation mainly on the strength of two previous prime-time specials for ABC.” The article also describes all the magic sequences. To read the Nov. 29 review by Eric Mink titled “3rd Blaine Special Just Plain Magical” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Rocky Mountain News observed “It’s difficult for anyone to upstage the heated battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Still, cold-blooded David Blaine is giving it a go.” To read the Nov. 29 article by Dusty Saunders titled “ABC hopes ice stunt heats up sweeps” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Philadelphia Daily News quoted Penn Jillette, “The only hard part for Blaine will be standing still for three days.” To read the Nov. 29 story by Regina Medina titled “Penn Jillette has few cold words for fellow magician” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Jose Mercury News ran a New York Daily News story which reported that “Since Monday, some 20,000 visitors have stopped by ABC’s open-air ground-floor studios in Times Square to see Blaine’s deep-freeze act, organizers said.” To read the Nov. 29 Emily Gest story titled “Illusionist’s chilly stunt passes halfway point” click: HERE.(11/29)

• To view a Nov. 29 Associated Press photo titled “Actor Michael J. Fox, Left, Gestures to the Media That He…” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Good Morning America website continues to update David Blaine’s condition. Today they opened with “The “Iceman,” David Blaine, has survived two days and two nights locked in a block of ice on a busy street corner in the middle of New York City, despite some serious difficulties. To read the Nov. 29 article titled “Cool Stunt Beats the Heat: ‘Mystifier’ Gets no Help From Mother Nature” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Plain Dealer ran the Washington Post story by Harriet Winslow titled “In the mind of ice-defying David Blaine: He’ll be chain-sawed out tonight.” To read the Nov. 29 story click: HERE.(11/29)

• Good Morning America will be checking up on David Blaine several times during his encasement in ice. The show airs on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 7am – 9am ET on ABC-TV (US).(11/27)

• David Blaine: Frozen in Time airs on Nov. 29 at 10-11pm ET on ABC-TV (US). Although the show’s hook is him being removed from the block of ice it will also feature the type of magic that has made him famous. The close-up sequences were taped in London, Lisbon, the Vatican, Indonesia, and Jerusalem and special audience members include Michael J. Fox, Kevin Spacey, Lenny Kravitz and the New York Knicks.(11/24)

• A visit to David Blaine on ice is scheduled on the Rosie O’Donnell show on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 10am on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/24)

• David Blaine’s frozen stunt is scheduled to be reported on Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 7pm on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/24)
NOVEMBER 28, 2000 – TUESDAY
• David Blaine On Ice: An Exclusive Inside View. Behind the scenes reporting on the David Blaine Frozen In Time event with stories and observations you will not read anywhere else. Learn about the safety precautions, reporters, crowds, posters, location and much more. …Go to full story.(11/28)

• If you have been keeping track of David Blaine through the webcam on his site you may have noticed that he is now wearing a sweater. According to a Press Release issued today, “The wet and uncomfortable conditions inside the ice forced Blaine to put on a sweater at 11:45pm Monday Night. Blaine had the sweater tied around his waist when he first entered the ice.”(11/28)

• Bill Kalush is quoted in the New York Post, “If the ice gets too thin, then the whole thing might fall apart… Everything should be all right with the help of dry ice and colder weather at night, but Mother Nature isn’t really helping us out.” To read the Nov. 28 article by Clemente Lisi titled “Magician’s Frigid Feat Debuts” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The New York Post gossip column “Page Six” trying to stir some controversy by getting Penn Jillette and David Copperfield’s people to put down what David Blaine is doing. Also mentioned in the article is James Randi. To read the Nov. 28 article by Richard Johnson with Paula Froelich and Chris Wilson click: HERE.(11/29)

• A New York Times article about David Blaine quotes his manager Jonny Podell saying that, “For his trouble, Mr. Blaine is being paid more than $1 million.” To read the Nov. 28 article by Jesse McKinley titled “A TV Feat by a Reeaally Cool Guy” click: HERE. (You must be a member to view this).(11/29)

• Entertainment Weekly ran an article about David Blaine which describes the stunt as, “…to say he puts the ”brrr” in ”Abrrracadabrrra.” But wordplay like that may make Blaine, 27, pull an aneurysm out of his hat, since he insists the stunt is not magic, but an ”endurance experience.” To read the Nov. 28 story by Josh Wolk titled “The Iceman Cometh:  David Blaine freezes himself into a block of ice. The Gen X trickster’s cool stunt will heat up ABC’s sweeps” click: HERE.(11/30)

• A story about David Blaine in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes his ice event, TV show and an encounter the writer had with him at a party. The writer comments about the show, “About half the special was available for preview, and featured variations on the usual Blaine tricks. He prefers “astonishments,” and that’s truly a better word for what he does.” To read the Nov. 28 story by Gail Pennington titled “Magician is really cool – in ice, as a matter of fact” click: HERE.(11/29)

• David Blaine’s ice encasement is beginning to melt. The New York Daily news reported that “More than 3,000 pounds of ice has been added to the block since the Brooklyn ‘mystifyer,’ as he calls himself, was encased yesterday morning.” To read the Nov. 28 article by Peter DeMarco titled “Ice Melting on Daredevil” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The New York Daily News described David Blaine as, “Proving he has ice water in his veins — or, as some onlookers noted, rocks in his head — daredevil “mystifier” David Blaine had himself encased in a six-ton block of ice today in Times Square.” To read the Nov. 27 article by Peter DeMarco titled “The Ice-Magician Cometh” click: HERE.(11/28)

• David Blaine is quoted “I enjoy the challenge. I enjoy setting myself goals. This is why I do it. I don’t consider this to be the work of a magician. It is more a trial of endurance.” To read the Nov. 28 Daily Mail article titled “Playing it really cool, the human ice cube Magician defies the risks to spend 58 hours entombed in six-ton block” provided by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(11/28)

• TV Guide.com runs the Page Six story on David Blaine. To read the Nov. 28 story titled “Rivals Chilly To Blaine’s Ice Act” click: HERE.(11/30)

• An associated Press photo with the caption “Magician David Blaine Peers through a Six Ton Block of Ice…” taken on Nov. 28. To view it click: HERE.(11/28)

• An associated Press photo with the caption “Magician David Blaine, Encased in a Six Ton Block of Ice,…” taken on Nov. 28. To view it click: HERE.(11/28)

• An associated Press photo with the caption “Magician David Blaine Peers Out from Between Two Blocks of…” taken on Nov. 28. To view it click: HERE.(11/28)

• The Bergen record ran a story about David Blaine, “…he intended to remain standing, perfectly still, inside the block of ice for 58 hours. His upper torso was greased with petroleum jelly as a form of insulation. To read the Nov. 28 Associated Press story by Lukas I. Alpert titled “Chilling feat for magician” click: HERE.(11/28)

• A sarcastic article about the Blaine stunt which begins with wrong premises and then implies that if it can’t be done according to their “facts” then it must be fake. To read the Nov. 28 story by Malcolm Mayhew titled “Ice, ice baby: The cold, hard facts on illusionist David 
 
Blaine’s stunt” click: HERE.(11/28)

• Don’t tell David Blaine he’s nuts” is how a Palm Beach Post story begins. Blaine retorts “I’m as normal as they come.” To read the Nov. 28 story by Kevin D. Thompson titled “He’s A Magic Man” supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(12/3)

• The Edmonton Journal ran the Washington Post article by Harriet Winslow titled “Magic Man on Ice: Street magician David Blaine defies death again.” To read the Nov. 28 story click: HERE.(11/28)

• David Blaine’s ice stunt is mentioned in a Euro News story. To read the Nov. 28 story titled “American embarks on chilly challenge” click: HERE.(12/2)

• A short blurb on David Blaine in Sun Spot titled “Illusionist keeping cool during stunt.” To read the Nov. 28 article click: HERE.(11/28)

• Hundreds of bystanders gathered to witness the spectacle. …Blaine waved at the crush of reporters and bystanders that gathered in midtown Manhattan to watch as he was sealed in ice. To read the Nov. 28 story titled ” Illusionist off his rocker on the rocks in Time Square” which appeared in the Australian SMH.com click: HERE.(11/28)

• Fox News begins and article, “Viewable via a live Internet camera, the 26-year-old illusionist looked frosty but seemed to be keeping his cool as he stood in New York’s Times Square on the second day of his planned 58-hour bid to be Frozen in Time.” To read the Nov. 27-28 article titled “Using a Lifeline, Blaine Puts Career on Ice” click: HERE.(11/28)

• USA Today ran a short piece on David Blaine. To read the Nov. 28 article titled “Blaine on ice: Whoa, baby, it’s cold inside!” click: HERE.(11/28)

• The Providence Journal ran the Washington Post story by Harriet Winslow titled “Blaine Believes In Tempting Fate.” To read the Nov. 28 article click: HERE.(11/28)

• Nando Times ran the AP story about David Blaine. To read the Nov. 28 Associated Press story titled “Illusionist gives New York cold shoulder” click: HERE.(11/28)

• The Nov. 27 Access Hollywood show which featured David Blaine being frozen in Times Square was rerun on Nov. 28 at 4am and 12:30pm ET on WNBC. (The show is syndicated and may have appeared on different channels and stations).(11/28)

• Good Morning America will be checking up on David Blaine several times during his encasement in ice. The show airs on Tuesday Nov. 28 at 7am – 9am ET on ABC-TV (US).(11/27)

• A visit to David Blaine on ice is scheduled on the Rosie O’Donnell show on Tuessday Nov. 28 at 10am on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/27)
NOVEMBER 27, 2000 – MONDAY
• Access Hollywood ran a story about David Blaine being frozen in Times Square on their Monday Nov. 27 show which aired at 7:30pm ET on WNBC. (The show is syndicated and may have appeared on different channels and stations).(11/28)

• David Blaine who is, “set to begin his 62 hours as a human ice cube today – is worried that his ‘most-chilling feat yet’ could melt before his eyes” is featured in a New York Post story. To read the Nov. 27 story by Adam Miller titled “Warm Temps Give The Ice Man Chills” click: HERE.(11/28)

• ABC News which likes to call David Blaine a “mystifier” describes the event and everything that went into it with some detail. There is also a reference to The Amazing Randi who according to the article has frozen himself “five or six times, and his longest stint was two hours and 11 minutes.” To read the Nov. 27 story titled “Frozen in Time: David Blaine’s Cool Stunt” click: HERE (11/28)

• The Reuters news service’s describes the David Blaine event as “Hooked up to monitors gauging his vital signs and wearing only pants, a knit cap and boots, Blaine made like a human Popsicle as curious New Yorkers and tourists alike shuffled by to gawk, wave or touch the ice block to make sure it was real.” To read the Nov. 27 story by Chris Michaud titled “Daredevil Blaine Enters Ice Block in Latest Stunt” click: HERE.(11/28)

• David Blaine in an Ananova article where it is reported that “The human ice cube, who is aiming for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, said the warmer temperatures had followed a suitably cold spell.” To read the Nov. 27 article titled “Magician stays cool despite melting ice concern” click: HERE.(11/29)

• Trickster freezes himself in block of ice with plans to remain there for three days” is the lead into a Reuters David Blaine story which appeared in MSNBC. To read the Nov. 27 Reuters story titled “Daredevil Blaine pulls ‘cool’ stunt” click: HERE.(11/28)

• To read the Nov. 27 Associated Press story titled “Illusionist Encases Himself in Ice” which appeared in the Las Vegas Sun click: HERE.(12/3)

• David Blaine in an Ananova article where it is reported that “Blaine, 26, says he intends to remain standing, perfectly still, inside the block of ice for 58 hours. His upper torso has been greased with petroleum jelly as a form of insulation.” To read the Nov. 27 article titled “Illusionist’s frozen assets” click: HERE.(11/29)

• The Reuters story by Chris Michaud titled “Daredevil Blaine Enters Ice Block in Latest Stunt” ran in the Nov. 27 issue of the San Luis Obispo. To read the story click: HERE.(11/27)

• A short version of the Nov. 27 Reuters story titled “Daredevil Blaine Enters Ice Block in Latest Stunt” can be read by clicking: HERE.(11/27)

• David Blaine who was incased in “the Arctic-like tomb” is featured in a FOX News story. To read the Nov. 27 story supplemented by the NY Post story titled “Warm Temps Fail to Melt Ice Man Blaine” click: HERE.(11/27)

• The BBC report on David Blaine stated that he “…has been practising for several weeks by immersing himself in tubs of ice for hours and fasting.” To read the Nov. 27 story titled “Magician’s chilling stunt” click: HERE.(11/27)

• To see the Associated photo by Kathy Willens and read the caption titled “Magician David Blaine Peers Out from Between Two Blocks of…” click: HERE.(11/27)

• To read and see the Nov. 27 Associated Press photo and caption about David Blaine click: HERE.(11/27)

• David Blaine in mentioned in the Nov 27 issue of Pioneer Planet. To read the Article by Rob Hubbard titled “So you thought last week was cold…” click: HERE.(11/27)

• The Eyewitness News on ABC-TV ran stories about David Blaine throughout the day promoting what he is doing and his upcoming show.(11/27)

• David Blaine is scheduled to be frozen in a block of ice on Monday around 8am on 44th Street and Broadway in New York City. Good Morning America (7-9am) on ABC-TV is scheduled to cover the event live. As in his last stunt it should get a lot of coverage on local news and entertainment shows throughout the day and continue through Wednesday he is removed using chainsaws. The latest news and TV appearances can be found in MagicTimes.com and TVMagicGuide.com. Don’t forget to checkout davidblaine.com where they expect to have a live feed from NYC where you will also be able to monitor his vital signs. For more information click: HERE.(11/27)

• Good Morning America has an exclusive deal with ABC and David Blaine to air the freezing of Blaine live. It is scheduled to take place around 8am. The show airs on Monday Nov. 27 at 7am – 9am ET on ABC-TV (US).(11/24)

• iCast is scheduled to begin transmitting live video footage of David Blaine frozen in ice around 8am on Nov. 27. To visit David Blaine’s website where it should appear click: HERE.(11/24)
NOVEMBER 26, 2000 – SUNDAY
• David Blaine’s television special and upcoming stunt are covered in the News-Sentinel where he is interviewed by phone and is quoted heavily. As to his plans after he gets out he said,  “I plan to lay down, eat all I want and drink hot chocolate… I plan to spend a lot of time alone with my girlfriend. I have a lot to look forward to.” To read the Nov. 26 article by Terry Morrow titled “Chillin’ with David Blaine: Ice stunt to give magician a cool vacation” click: HERE.(11/27)

• David Blaine who “loves to risk death” is featured in a lengthy Washington Post article where he is described as, “Listening to Blaine describe his plans, he seems too focused — and far too serious — to be foolhardy. Still, he refused to add a layer of fat beforehand…” Blaine also explained what he would like to do next, “…a bridge drop, and he plans to walk from China to New York City, which he figures should take three years.” To read the Nov. 26 article by Hariet Winslow titled “Magic or Madness? Exploring the Mind of the Death-Defying David Blaine” click: HERE.(11/26)
NOVEMBER 25, 2000 – SATURDAY
• An exclusive David Blaine “Frozen In Time” timeline. On Nov. 29 David Blaine’s “Frozen In Time” TV special will culminate with a live segment from New York City where Blaine will be removed from a huge block of ice where he has been encased for three days. As in the past we will try to keep you abreast of all the pertinent details and exclusive information as it becomes available. We have created a living document which will be updated at least once a day — most likely several times a day leading to the event. …Go to full story.(11/25)

• David Blaine is featured in the Nov. 25-Dec. 1 issue of TV Guide with a two page story by Ian Parker. The story titled “License To Chill” covers Blaine’s career and the new genre of magic he has created which the author termed “Unreality TV.”(11/25)

• The Washington Post has a blurb about David Blaine’s upcoming endurance test. To read the Nov. 25 story in the Names & Faces section by Marla Harper click: HERE.(11/25)

• The Columbus Dispatch runs a small blurb on the David Blaine news conference about the Frozen In Time event. To read the Nov. 25 blurb in the paper’s People section click: HERE.(11/25)
NOVEMBER 24, 2000 – FRIDAY
• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on The View on Friday Nov. 24 at 11am on ABC-TV (US).(11/20)

• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on Entertainment Tonight on Friday Nov. 24 at 7pm on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/20)

• David Blaine’s “…plans to begin this stunt Monday in Times Square” is covered in the Charlotte Observer. To read the Nov. 24 article titled “Magician encased in ice tomb at the corner of Broadway and 44th Street” click: HERE.(11/25)

• David Blaine’s TV special and stunt is reported as highlights in the November sweeps period in a Detroit News article. To read the Nov. 24 article by Dave Mason titled “‘Titanic’ and ‘Frozen in Time’ are cool treats for ‘sweeps'” click: HERE.(11/26)
NOVEMBER 23, 2000 – THURSDAY
• A Magic Show special report titled “David Blaine: Frozen In Time” appeared on Nov. 23. The story by Richard Robinson contained new information about the upcoming special. To read the story click: HERE.(11/23)

• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on Late Night With Conan O’Brien on Thursday Nov. 23 at 12:37am (after midnight – actually Friday) on NBC-TV (US).(11/20)

• Sympatico NewsExpress in their Oddly Enough section ran the Reuters David Blaine story titled “Magician to Encase Himself in Ice” on Nov. 23. To read the story click: HERE.(11/23)
NOVEMBER 22, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• iCast which runs David Blaine’s website (www.davidblaine.com) announced on Nov. 22 that they plan on having “…Daily chats with David from within his ice tomb” on Nov. 27 and 28 at 8pm ET.(11/23)

• David Blaine is scheduled to appear on the Rosie O’Donnell show on Wednesday Nov. 22 at 10am on ABC-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and on different channels.(11/20)

• David Blaine’s frozen in ice stunt is reported on CNN. To read the Nov. 22 article titled “Magician David Blaine planning to get iced” click: HERE.(11/24)

• The Australian magazine The Advertiser ran a short piece on David Blaine on Nov. 22. To read the article titled “Magician on ice for 58 hours” click: HERE.(11/24)
NOVEMBER 21, 2000 – TUESDAY
• David Blaine who will be facing, perhaps, his most difficult challenge to date is profiled in The New York Post. Blaine describes what he might go through, “I’ll be thinking about my mother when she had cancer and was laying in bed for months… “It’s the same thing for me, but it’s only for three days, so I have nothing to complain about.” To read the Nov. 21 article by Clemente Lisi titled “Magician’s Next Stunt Is Chilling” click: HERE.(11/22)

• Bury him or freeze him, magician David Blaine vows to survive is how the Reuters story begins about Blaine’s upcoming 58-hour ordeal. To read the Nov. 21 Reuters story titled “Magician to Encase Himself in Ice” click: HERE.(11/23)

• David Blaine’s previous endeavors are retold and the precautions taken for his upcoming stunt are described, “His heartbeat will be monitored by doctors and he has worked out eye signals to use in case of an emergency.” To read the Nov. 21 BBC story titled “Ice block trial for magician” click: HERE.(11/22)

• ABC News runs a Reuters story with an Associated Press photo about David Blaine’s upcoming ordeal. To read the Nov. 21 story titled “Frozen Magic New York Illusionist David Blaine to Encase Himself in Ice” click: HERE.(11/22)

• David Blaine in an Ananova article where it is reported that “US magician David Blaine is to be frozen into a six-ton block of ice for 58 hours in the middle of Times Square, in New York.” To read the Nov. 21 article titled “Magician to be frozen in block of ice” click: HERE.(11/29)

• Fox News runs the David Blaine story from the New York Post. To read the Nov. 21 article titled “Magician’s Next Stunt Is Chilling — Literally” click: HERE.(11/22)

• A second Reuters photo and caption from David Blaine’s press conference. To read a Nov. 21 photo and caption titled “New York Magician to Encase Himself in Ice” click: HERE.(11/21)

• A Chicago Sun-Times article about David Blaine titled “Magician to spend 2 1/2 days in icy tomb” appeared in the Nov. 21 issue. To read the version supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(11/23)

• The Reuters story about David Blaine ran in iWon News on Nov. 21. To read the story titled “Magician to Encase Himself in Ice” click: HERE.(11/24)

• David Blaine is quoted in a People story, “This is not a trick or illusion, but a skill of endurance. It’s going to be tough — no doubt about it.” To read the Nov. 21 story by Stephen M. Silverman titled “Magician’s Chilling Stunt” click: HERE.(11/25)

• Entertainment Tonight set-up a David Blaine page on Nov. 20 which features video clips from the upcoming TV special. To view the clips and read about Blaine click: HERE.(11/26)
NOVEMBER 20, 2000 – MONDAY
• Zap2it runs a story covering the David Blaine being frozen in a large ice cube. To read the Nov. 20 story titled “Blaine Entombed In Ice For TV Special” click: HERE.(11/22)

• David Blaine’s website produced by iCast continues to be enhanced. Some promotions and events which are of interest is a live chat with Blaine scheduled for Nov. 22 at 9pm ET and around the clock live coverage of his Frozen In Time stunt on Nov. 27-29. Also of interest is a contest to win an autographed David Blaine Poster. You can signup for a Blaine newsletter and even chat with some Blaine fans.
—For info on the live chat click: HERE.
—For the live chat on the 22nd at 9pm click: HERE.
—For the Poster contest and newsletter click: HERE.
—To chat with other Blaine fans on a bbs click: HERE.(11/20)

• David Blaine who will freeze himself for 58 hours in Times Square starting next Monday is featured in USA Today. Blaine describes what he is about to do as, “This is no illusion, no trick, no escape act… ”What I call it is a challenge, an endurance experience, a feat.” Quoted in the article are Peter Monticup and James Randi, and Bob Spencer. To read the Nov. 20 article by Ann Oldenburg titled “He’s an ice guy, that David Blaine Magician to be frozen for 58 hours” click: HERE.(11/21)

• Robert Ruden who is David Blaine’s medical consultant is the subject of a USA Today story where he discusses what Blaine could be facing while frozen in ice. To read the Nov. 20 article titled “Medical consultant is trying to make the dangers vanish” click: HERE.(11/21)

• David Blaine’s stunt scheduled for Nov. 27th on Broadway at West 44th Street in New York City is the subject of a Reuters story. Blaine makes a request, “Now, I ask well-wishers to lend me their warmth and support by visiting and touching the block of ice in which I will be frozen.” To read the Nov. 20 story titled “New York Magician to Encase Himself in Ice” click: HERE.(11/21)

• An Associated Press photo and caption by Tina Fineberg from the Nov. 20 David Blaine press conference can be viewed by clicking: HERE.(11/21)

• A Reuters photo and caption by Peter Morgan from the David Blaine press conference can be seen by clicking: HERE.(11/21)

• David Blaine’s website produced by iCast continues to be enhanced. Some promotions and events which are of interest is a live chat with Blaine scheduled for Nov. 22 at 9pm ET and around the clock live coverage of his Frozen In Time stunt on Nov. 27-29. Also of interest is a contest to win an autographed David Blaine Poster. You can signup for a Blaine newsletter and even chat with some Blaine fans.
—For info on the live chat click: HERE.
—For the live chat on the 22nd at 9pm click: HERE.
—For the Poster contest and newsletter click: HERE.
—To chat with other Blaine fans on a bbs click: HERE.(11/20)
NOVEMBER 19, 2000 – SUNDAY
• An outstanding article about David Blaine in the Los Angeles Times where explained that he would like to bid on some Houdini items at the Swann auction house, “I have a real problem… I want to bid on some of this stuff, but I’m going to be in a block of ice all day tomorrow, 12 to 18 hours.” The article chronicles Blaine’s childhood and career with some never before written about stories including a description of a performance he did for the writer. To read the Nov. 18 article by Marnelle Jameson titled “The Houdini of the Hoi Polloi” click: HERE.(11/23)
NOVEMBER 17, 2000 – FRIDAY
• It seems that iCast which hosts David Blaine’s website and will conduct the live feed from the event in NYC will go out of business right after the Blaine stunt is concluded. A DM News story sites the CEO of CMGI (iCast’s parent company) saying that, “It is not optimal for CMGI to continue funding extended time lines to reach market leadership and profitability.” A message told users: “Following the Webcast, iCast will no longer be a functioning Web site.” To read the Nov. 17 article by Shaun McCormack titled “CMGI Cans iCast” click: HERE.(11/26)

• David Blaine appeared on the Howard Stern radio talk show on Friday Nov. 17 where he spoke about how magic helps him pick-up women.(11/25)
NOVEMBER 14, 2000 – TUESDAY
• David Blaine’s next TV special is titled “David Blaine: Frozen in Time” and will air on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 10pm ET on ABC-TV. The conclusion of the special will be seen live in the east coast when Blaine will be freed from a giant ice cube in which he will be encased in on Nov. 27th in New York City. A Zap2It article mentioned that “Tubes running through the block of ice to Blaine will transfer oxygen and water to prevent dehydration.” The close-up/street segments will take place in Lisbon, the Vatican, Indonesia, and Jerusalem and include appearances by Kevin Spacey, Michael J. Fox, Lenny Kravitz, and the New York Knicks. To read the Nov. 14 Zap2it article titled “ABC Presents “David Blaine: Frozen In Time” click: HERE.(11/15)
OCTOBER 24, 2000 – TUESDAY
• David Blaine who will be encased in a block of ice on Nov. 27 on Broadway and 44th Street in NYC is the subject of a Daily News Daily Dish where he kids “If I fall asleep in the ice and my face pushes against it, they will have to cut my face off.” There was also a luncheon in his honor on Monday by Jann Wenner at Us Weekly. To read the Oct. 24 article by Mitchel Fink titled “The Ice Magician Cometh” click: HERE.(10/26)
OCTOBER 22, 2000 – SUNDAY
• David Blaine, “…wants to be the coolest conjurer in the world – by sealing himself for three days inside a giant block of ice,” in a Sunday Mail article. To read the Oct. 22 article titled “Magician puts his life on ice” click: HERE.(10/23)
OCTOBER 21, 2000 – SATURDAY
• David Blaine’s TV special and Frozen In Time stunt are mentioned on E! Online where the stunt was scheduled to take place in Columbus Circle. To read the Oct. 21 “Scoop TV” article by Kimberly Potts click: HERE.(12/2)
OCTOBER 18, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• Penn Jillette comments about David Blaine’s next stunt where he will spend four days frozen in a block of ice, “…seems to have this specialty in doing nothing.” Blaine responds, “I’d like to see Penn put himself in a coffin for a week… I’d show up every day for that.” Blaine also described himself as more of a performance artist than a magician. To read the Oct. 18 New York Daily News article titled “Penn writes off Blaine” click: HERE.(10/20)
OCTOBER 11, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• David Blaine and iCast have combined forces to create davidblaine.com which is already running with, “…video clips from his past TV specials, chats, a radio channel, e-postcards and a biographical photo gallery.” Blaine said, “With iCast my goal is to re-create the way magic is shown to people… By using this new medium, we can create an innovative way of directly interacting with whomever is on the other side of the screen.” Plans have already been made to cover Blaine’s next stunt in November where “…iCast will provide round-the-clock coverage. Netizens will be able to view Blaine and chat with one another in real time, as well as access his vital statistics, which will be updated regularly by a medical staff.” To read the Oct. 11 Variety article by Tim Swanson titled “iCast, Blaine Conjure Up Icy Web Deal, Magician to freeze himself for three days” click: HERE.
—To visit www.davidblaine.com click: HERE.(10/12)
JULY 17, 2000 – MONDAY
 David Blaine’s next TV special has been scheduled to air on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 10pm on ABC-TV. Tentatively titled “David Blaine 3” it’s big finish will be a live segment from New York City where Blaine’s “Frozen Alive” stunt will conclude when he comes out of a block of ice in which he has been buried in for the previous 72 hours. The rest of the show will feature him performing magic on the streets of Manhattan. To read the Jul. 17 Zap2It.com article titled “It’s Ice, Ice Baby For Magician Blaine” click: HERE.(7/19)
JULY 1, 2000 – SATURDAY
• An E! Online story mentions that “During the show, Blaine will freeze himself inside a giant block of ice, which will remain on display for three days in Central Park.” To read the Jul. 1 “Scoop TV” article by Kimberly Potts click: HERE.(12/2)
JUNE 21, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• David Blaine reappears in a New York Post article where he is pitching his first book tentatively titled, “Mysterious Stranger,” which will contain clues to a buried treasure chest filled with gold coins. Also mentioned is his next TV special, his freezing himself in a block of ice, and next years’ TV special and a stunt where he will be hung upside-down from a building. To read the Jun. 21 article by Keith J. Kelly titled “Back From The Dead With A Book” click: HERE.(6/22)
APRIL 29, 2000 – SATURDAY
• An E! Online story mentions that David Blaine “…has offered a million-dollar reward to anyone who can prove his frozen-in-time act isn’t real.” To read the Apr. 29 “Scoop TV” article by Kimberly Potts click: HERE.(12/2)
FEBRUARY 15, 2000 – TUESDAY
• David Blaine in a weird interview in the March issue of Vanity Fair. In the Q&A by George Wayne Blaine confirmed the rumors of his next big event which is scheduled for May, “I’m freezing myself in a block of ice about the size of a van. And leaving it right in the middle of Times Square. For one full day I’m going to be frozen like Han Solo was frozen by Darth Vader.” Also reported is that Blaine will find out this month whether his movie project, which he describes as “…the Rocky of magic movies” will go into production.(2/15)
JANUARY 26, 2000 – WEDNESDAY
• David Blaine was featured in a live chat on the Web on Jan. 26 at 4pm where he answered some questions from the audience. The most interesting statement was at the end where he commented about his next TV special: “My show that comes out on the end of May should be great. It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked for anything.” The chat was a promotion for Blaine’s appearance on ABC’s Super Bowl XXXIV Pregame show on Sunday at 4pm ET. To read a transcript of the chat provided by ABCSports.com click: HERE.(1/28)
Original content is supplemented from the archives of MagicTimes.com and TVMagicGuide.com. It is illegal to copy, transmit or reproduce this information. …Meir Yedid
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