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Abracadabravision! The Year in Magic

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 21st 2010 8:00AM
2010 is about to disappear, and magicians might be glad to see it go. TV illusionists Criss Angel, David Blaine and multiple Emmy-winner David Copperfield did not have TV specials this year. Penn & Teller's Showtime staple 'Bulls***' continues, but the only trick on that show is how they get away with the title, even on pay cable.

Still, TV still had some enchantment up its sleeve. Magic abounded again on 'America's Got Talent,' and Houdini's lesser-known brother, Hardeen (at right), dazzled the patrons of 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Enjoy a review of this past year's sleight of hand.

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Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 27th 2009 10:02AM
Ellen DeGeneresThe variety show format seems like a no-brainer for success - get someone with star power and surround them with a bunch of ringers and some weird people spinning plates or bending themselves into curious shapes, and voila! Instant hit, right? But there have been some spectacular failures in recent TV history. Maybe it's the fact that there are so many talent/reality shows now that a show with no "winner" or competition doesn't seem as interesting.

Somehow, despite all of that, Ellen DeGeneres has managed some success with the format, and is now on her third - Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show, on TBS Saturday at 9PM.

Perhaps it's the fact that it's on TBS, which means the stakes are slightly lower than on the main networks. Or the fact that DeGeneres brings a loyal fanbase from her Ellen DeGeneres Show and her stand-up. Those would be the reasons you would look for if you were an industry executive or a media critic.

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Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show features acts big and small

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2009 2:32PM
Ellen DeGeneresThere are some big names on the bill for Ellen DeGeneres's variety show, Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show, which airs June 27 on TBS. Kanye West will be a big part of it, and magician David Blaine and comedian Nick Cannon will also appear.

Even the Chicago Cubs will make an appearance, as DeGeneres tapes a segment at Wrigley Field, singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch June 16 (the rest of the show will be taped June 17 at the Chicago Theatre).

But the thing DeGeneres seems most excited about is comedian Joe Wong, whom we first wrote about in April when he made his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. She'd love to see more comedians like Wong on television.

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What's On Tonight: Knight Rider, Old Christine, David Blaine, Ferguson

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 24th 2008 4:02PM
  • Lipstick JungleAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by David Blaine: Dive of Death.
  • CBS has the season premiere of Old Christine at 8, then the series premiere of Gary Unmarried and the season premieres of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the series premiere of Knight Rider at 8, then a new America's Got Talent and the season premiere of Lipstick Jungle.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones, 'Til Death, and Do Not Disturb.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Masters.
  • Bravo has a new Project Runway at 9, then a new Top Design.
  • There's a new MonsterQuest on History Channel at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sundance Channel has a new Architecture School.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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David Blaine to strap on magnetic boots for next stunt

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2008 1:39PM
David Blaine
He's survived being encased in ice, being buried alive in a grave, being trapped in a plexiglass box high in the air, holding his breath underwater for Oprah, and standing on top of a pedestal for a few days, but this is the first stunt where magician David Blaine will wear magnetic footwear. Take that, Criss Angel!

ABC has announced the next special to feature Blaine, who seems to be loved and loathed in equal measure. The show is titled "The Dive of Death," and will feature Blaine walking on the underside of a thin wire high above Wollman Rink in New York City. He'll do it for three days and nights, with the help of magnetic boots. On a related note, "The Dive of Death" also describes the bar down the street from my apartment.

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Did David Blaine break a record on Oprah today?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2008 3:03PM

David Blaine

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! MAGICAL SPOILERS!

On today's edition of Oprah, which many people in the country have already seen, magician/stunt artist David Blaine attempted to break the world record for a person holding their breath. Did he actually do it? The results after the jump.

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Penn and Angel weigh in on Blaine

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 2:25PM

penn jilletteI've been listening to magician Penn Jillete's radio show for awhile now, and it's become perfectly clear that no matter how much he likes you, he'll still insult you. During yesterday's program, which you can listen to here, he and guest Criss Angel spent the hour slamming David Blaine and his stunt in front of Lincoln Center. This isn't the first time Penn has lobbed insults at Blaine, although he always prefaces those insults by saying he does admire Blaine as a performer. Penn's assertion is that most of the card tricks Blaine does could easily be learned by anyone in under six minutes. Of course, one should take Penn's penchant for exaggeration into consideration, as well. Angel, also a fan of Blaine's, claimed he has already done Blaine's underwater stunt, having been submerged in a tank for twenty-four hours. Since math wasn't my best subject I haven't been able to figure out how twenty-four hours is the same as seven days, but there you go. Penn also reiterated something he's been saying all week, which is that his partner Teller has been underwater for more than eleven minutes on more than one occasion as part of their stage show, considerably more than the current record of eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds. Of course, Penn then adds this caveat: "Of course, he was cheating."

So yeah, it's a bit after the fact, but if you want to hear magicians talking smack, it's worth a listen.

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David Blaine: Drowned Alive

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 10:30AM

david blaineWhen the main emphasis of your ABC special is trying to hold your breath for longer than eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds, the special itself probably doesn't need to be longer than a half an hour. You can try to stretch it to an hour, but you'd have to add a lot of filler. If you go for two hours, then the special becomes both an endurance test for the magician and  the home audience.

Well, as you probably know by now, David Blaine did not break the record for holding one's breath underwater the longest. Granted, if he actually did spend seven days underwater and his body had taken the punishment it supposedly had, lasting for seven minutes and eight seconds was a feat in and of itself. Of course, to get to that point we had to sit through a lot of shots featuring Blaine sitting underwater among sharks and stingrays, or falling into water, or talking about water. Also, we get to hear about his "journey" to his "human aquarium" at Lincoln Center, including all the crazy stunts he had done up to that point.

 

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How sick is David Blaine really?

by Adam Finley, posted May 8th 2006 4:43PM
david blaineI've been hard on David Blaine in the past for the same reason a lot of other people give him flak: he has a tendency to call himself a magician and then do bits of public performance art that really have nothing to do with magic. When he starved himself over the River Thames, I became indifference personified, but I have to admit his recent stunt has me more intrigued than I'm willing to admit. Has he really been in that watery globe for a week? If we're to believe reports, he has, and it's been taking a toll on his system. Several news outlets have been reporting that health experts who have been watching Blaine are concerned for his health. One expert says the finale of this stunt, which will air tonight on ABC, may not be possible, as Blaine could very well blackout once he's pulled from the globe.  In case you haven't heard, Blaine plans on emerging from the globe, having himself wrapped in chains, and then submerged again to try and beat the record of holding one's breath underwater, which currently stands at eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds. My guess is that the "concerns from medical experts" is all just part of the publicity machine. That, of course, is only my non-expert opinion, but to paraphrase magician Penn Jillette, magic is essentially just another word for lying.

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What's on tonight: Blaine, Brian, Bourdain, basketball and Beaver

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2006 4:30PM
  • David BlaineWill David Blaine drown? Check out live at 8pm on ABC. It's followed by a new What About Brian? Unless Blaine drowns, and then it will probably be followed by ABC news live coverage of his death.
  • CBS has new eps of King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Old Christine, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by new eps of The Apprentice and Medium (with Kelsey Grammer).
  • Over on FOX, new episodes of Prison Break and 24.
  • The WB has the series (season?) finale of 7th Heaven at 8, followed by a new Everwood.
  • UPN has new eps of One On One, All Of Us, and a new one hour Girlfriends.
  • TLC has Jamie's School Lunch Project, where chef Jamie Oliver teaches kids how to cook. It's on at 8.
  • TV Land has four eps of Leave It To Beaver, starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: TNT has two NBA playoff games.
  • At 9, USA has a new WWE Monday Night RAW.
  • Also at 9: the Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • At 10, MTV has a new Punk'd.

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The Daily Show: May 3, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted May 5th 2006 8:18AM
Jon StewartMexico's Vincent Fox is planning for the legalization of several drugs in small amounts for personal use. Yup, this will include cocaine, heroine, and marijuana (craziest Spring Break ever). Jon was kind enough to warn us to drink only the bottled bong water in Mexico. He also showed us that the legalization will serve very well with our immigration issue: Mexicans will keep flocking to America for jobs, Americans will flock to Mexico to get hammered and fall into the Gulf. Excellent.

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David Blaine gets wet

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 16th 2006 12:03PM
david blaineDavid Blaine, the street magician turned superstar who proved that even the most amazing stunts can bore people to tears, will be attempting to yet again raise the interest of an increasingly uninterested public, this time by immersing himself in a "human aquarium" for seven days and nights. The stunt will conclude with Blaine trying to hold his breath underwater for longer than eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds, which is apparently the current record. Well, sure, it's the current human record, but what about sperm whales? Or heck, even crocodiles? In fact, maybe they should toss a crocodile into the tank and see which one can hold their breath the longest. Anyway, the finale of Blaine's newest attempt will air on ABC on May 8. At least this sounds somewhat more exciting than when he didn't eat anything for several days and called it "magic." That's not magic, that's called being a fashion model.

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What's on tonight: new 24, Desperate Housewives, West Wing, Jesse Stone

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2006 3:40PM
  • Keifer SutherlandAt 7pm, (or after football, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by a new Cold Case and the second Jesse Stone movie with Tom Selleck, Night Passage.
  • ABC has two new eps of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, starting at 7, followed by new eps of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by new eps of The West Wing, Law and Order: CI, and Crossing Jordan.
  • ESPN has first round coverage of The Australian Open, also at 7.
  • At 8 (or after football), FOX has the 2 hour season premiere of 24.
  • UPN has a new Charmed at 8, followed by a repeat Supernatural.
  • The Weather Channel has two new Storm Stories on Hurricane Katrina, starting at 8.
  • Discovery has live coverage of the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (dog show to you and me) at 8.
  • There's a new Emeril Live on Food Network at 8, "Southern Sunday Supper."
  • At 9, TLC has two David Blaine specials: Street Magic and Magic Man.
  • Also at 9: a new episode of Strong Medicine, followed by a new Missing. Both are on Lifetime.
  • DIY has a new Trade School at 9. 
  • HGTV has a new ep of Rezoned at 9:30, followed by a new ep of If These Walls Could Talk.
  • At 10, the Travel Channel has a new episode of Tribal Life
  • Also at 10, American Life has Homefront, followed by The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Mayberry R.F.D., and I'll Fly Away
  • At 11, HBO has Million Dollar Baby, while HBO2 has Alexander.
  • There's a new episode of The Boondocks on Cartoon Network at 11.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel is running repeats of Surface. Catch the latest episode at 11. It's followed by Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • At midnight, TCM has Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920 adventure drama The Mask of Zorro

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