Mysterious Stranger (英語) ハードカバー – 2002/10/29
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David Blaine, downtown hipster and master of the ancient art of illusion, challenges our version of reality and brings magic to the world. 'David Blaine! He completely blew my mind'. Damien Hirst In Mysterious Stranger, David Blaine, the inscrutable Brooklyn magician whose unique style disarming sleights of hand, and death-defying feats have brought him international acclaim shares the secrets and the wonders of his art. From the first profound illusions on the pages of the book, through the history of magic and the secrets of the legendary masters, to ways in which we can play with reality (mind-reading, bar tricks, card game tips, hoaxes, pranks and bets you can't lose), David Blaine draws the reader into his world of curiosities. Learn the power of your own mind and see the world differently. This is the man who has such control over his body that he survived being buried alive for 6 days on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and encased in ice for 3 days in Good Morning America's Times Square studio, watched by the world on television. This book will be the publishing event of 2001 with phenomenal media attention, an extraordinary UK magic stunt by the master himself, and a huge consumer advertising campaign. 'You don't get into magic: magic gets into you'.
This is the man who had himself buried alive in Manhattan for a week in 1999 and (for a belated encore the following year) spent 62 hours entombed in a block of ice. Some 16m viewers tuned in to watch him emerge a little shakily into the glare of TV lights. You can't help wondering what he'll do as a publicity stunt to launch this, his first book. There will be a national tour and a TV special on Channel 4, so for a while there will be no escaping the great escapologist. But just as Blaine is no ordinary magician, this is no ordinary magic book. Part history of magic, part autobiography, part how-to manual, Mysterious Stranger promises a new approach to one of mankind's oldest arts.商品の説明をすべて表示する
At first I thought this book was going to be the history of magic according to David Blaine, but he also shared how to do a few easy card tricks. He discusses some of the influential magicians and their signature illusion. On some of the illusions he shares how the it is done other ones he does not either because he doesn't want to share or doesn't know.
Once he gets through sharing the history or illusion and side shows Blaine starts sharing his story. The stories surrounding him getting his start in magic by working as a waiter in New York City and doing parties. He discusses just walking up to people at clubs and on the streets to perform tricks. Blaine would constantly practice his card tricks to be solid. His story of getting on television, being offered a show on MTV and turning it down to signing with ABC, is an interesting one.
The book really picks up pace when Blaine shares the behind the scenes information on his television specials including getting ready for both the buried alive and frozen stunts.
I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested in magic and/or illusion. I think with some of the card tricks, that are clearly explained in writing along with illustrations, could be good for a shy child to learn maybe to make friends. There is also a chapter dealing with confidence and shares how some of the great showman have built up their confidence that could help encourage a shy child.
If your a huge David Blaine fan and are hoping to learn more about the Mysterious Stranger through this book that will not happen. Blaine plays it pretty close to the vest concerning information about his private life. He does share his mother's story of fighting cancer, briefly winning and then ultimately losing the battle. The story never gets to personal beyond that.
I truly respect the message that Blaine spreads and the manner in which he carries himself. He is always humble and spreads joy to people of all race, religion, and class. He believes(just as I) that mankind is capable of many things and that we always reach for our full potential. Blaine,as Houdini in his time, has set a new standard. I look forward to more from him.