David Blaine is, without a doubt, one of the greatest magicians and performance artists of our time. He’s been buried alive, incased in ice and even electrified in front of live audiences. The feats of strength and startling illusions he creates have stunned audiences worldwide since his first television special in 1997. While watching Blaine work his magic is certainly entertaining, it can also be unsettling at times. It doesn’t seem plausible that any human could do what he does, yet there he is, calmly executing the impossible.
Blaine’s fame has enabled him to perform for many well-known celebrities, including, most recently, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Cranston and Kanye West. While seeing astounded expressions on these famous faces is a sight unto itself, it’s no less amusing than watching the reaction of this average Joe. When Blaine makes a quarter disappear in front of his eyes, he can muster only one word in response.