“I want to bring magic to a level where Houdini had it a hundred years ago. When you thought of magic, you were intrigued… you were emotionally moved by it. It had a meaning and a purpose.” – David Blaine
David Blaine was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 4, 1973. His father was Puerto Rican and Italian and his mother, Patrice Maureen White, was of Jewish and Russian origin. He was inspired particularly by his mother to experiment with magic and by the age of four after he had seen a street performer in action, David tried his first card trick routine.
As a young adult, Blaine moved back to the city, to the notorious neighbourhood commonly referred to as Hell’s Kitchen. Tragically, his mother was stricken with cancer around the same time and passed away in 1994, when Blaine was just 21. Yet if anything the loss spurred on his burning ambition to perform. He began to make a name for himself at celebrity functions by doing magic tricks for famous people, such as Mike Tyson and Al Pacino. Through a common contact, he struck a friendship with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.