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in Filmmaking
on May 8, 2006

Okay, he didn’t make it to his goal of nine minutes, but hats off to David Blaine for the culmination of another incredible piece of public theater. I was having drinks with a friend on the Upper West Side on Saturday night and walked down to Lincoln Center at 2:30 in the a.m. and there was a line a half hour long to see him underwater in his glass sphere. Tonight I watched the ABC special and found the seven-minutes-plus he held his breath impressive enough. But, most of all, I like that Blaine’s stunts, like Houdini’s almost a century ago, are great pieces of city spectacle, strange, galvanizing events that amplify the urban experience.

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