Tuesday, May 09, 2006

my tuesday hero

you watched it last night. i know you did.
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David Blaine, attempting to break the record for holding his breath under water, after living inside a human aquarium for over 177 hours, a world record in itself.

now, i recognize that this is inherently a silly thing to do. no one should be my tuesday hero for risking their lives unnecessarily. but have you seen David Blaine? he is to me what dave navarro is to rebecca marie, only add in some card tricks and subtract the insanely hot wife.

David Blaine is dark, he's intense. his eyes are piercing. sure, he levitates, but that's not what draws me in. it's the way he talks to people. the way he reacts when they hoop and hollar because he just pulled some amazing stunt on the side of the road...he stands calmly, looks them in the eye. and, okay, the mysterious thing is basically hot in and of itself. you look at him, watch him bury himself alive, or stand in a block of ice for days or hang a zillion feet in the air for weeks and you think...this guy's deep. he's on a higher plane of consciousness. i want to know what's in his head.
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last night was (pardon the pun) breathtaking.

177 hours under water...then he uses 150lbs of chains, from which he must free himself whilst holding his breath. the current world record: 8:58. David's goal: 9:00 minutes. and boy was i rooting for him.

i had to constantly tell myself that, just because HE was holding his breath, didn't mean i had to also.

at 7 minutes and 8 seconds, David started to black out. Divers rescued him, and out he came from the fish bowl. and yes, i cried a little. but not cause i'm psycho. let me explain.

can you imagine training as hard and as long as he did...getting his butt kicked by navy seals, practicing hours a day holding his breath...and then spending 177 hours in a tank, all in preparation for the main even....9 minutes of no breathing...just to fall short by less than two minutes, due to some unexpected complications? i can't even begin to know how dissappointing that would be. but i'm impressed. i'm in awe actually, that he pushes himself to the limits, creates new limits and pushes those too.

i don't know what he'll do next, but you can be sure i'll be there, on the edge of my couch, holding my breath, and clapping even though he can't hear me.

So, David Blaine, when you get out of the hospital and you regain sufficient strength to point and click, i want you to know that you're my tuesday hero. probably wednesday too, unless by some crazy twist of fate the chef at american idol serves voicebox killing food to all the contestants except Taylor, thus making him our much deserving american idol.
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12 comments:

rebecca marie said...

of COURSE i watched. he rocks the free world.

tabitha jane said...

if you read fear and loathing, one of bsc's links shows how the levitating is done . . .

not to ruin the mystery . . .

Paula said...

I only saw it because it was on the TV directly in front of me at the gym, so I only saw 1/2 an hour. All I kept thinking was "If I have to see/hear the phrase 'drowned alive' one more time, I am going to poke my eyes/ears out." Seriously, people. Drowned alive? Isn't that the only way you can be drowned? Ugh. I was so distracted by that phrase that I didn't even have time to think or care about whether I was impressed with his efforts. But I guess it was pretty impressive. He just needs to fire all of his PR people.

Breanna said...

i agree about the "drowned alive" thing. i was also thinking "well he can't very well drown DEAD now can he?!?! However...i've been excited for the last several days about it, cause i heart david blaine (as you'll recall) and people just keep trying to burst my blaine bubble. and i understand why, but c'mon people...if i wanna believe there's a santa, I WILL. and you can't stop me. i'll basically just ignore all the reasoning. just so you know.

Sarah said...

Okay... what freakin' show was this!!!

rebecca marie said...

you know, i just remembered that i wrote an entry about him a loooong time ago.

(also... if i had to rank them... david b. would be waaaay highher than davin n. i would have to go with height. i'm not opposed to short men, not even a little... but make up on a short man takes it too far.)

Sarah said...

Breanna...

Is there some wild chance that you have last night's episode of Gilmore Girls on tape?

It was our anniversary, and I TOTALLY FORGOT TO TAPE IT. It sounded really good, too. :(

Pretty Please, if you somehow have it on tape, can I pay you shipping to mail it to me, and I'll mail it back when I'm done?

LoriLoo310 said...

I'm sorry, I'm not trying to rain on the whole "David Blaine parade" here, but his stunts do not entertain me. Maybe I'm shallow, maybe I'm not creative, but I'm just not a big fan. I can appreciate why people might be fascinated with what he does, but I just don't get it. I'd much rather watch people on Cirque du Soleil push their physical limits by expressing beauty and grace than see David Blaine make his hands rot by encasing himself in an oversized snow-globe for a week.

Not trying to insult anyone here, just offering a different point of view.

rebecca marie said...

OH MY WORD LORI YOU HAVE OFFENDED ME AND WE CAN NEVER COMMENT ON EACH OTHERS BLOGS AGAIN.

i mean...

you silly girl! of course you're not offending us! we all like circus freaks, we just like different flavors.

Breanna said...

absolutely. how could i be offended? your DISlike of mr. hotty mcMagic certainly doesn't take away any of my LIKE. we can, indeed, just all get along.

Bill said...

Seriously, I loved his "Street Magician" specials from before he was big, where he would just basically assault people on the street with impromptu magic performances. Wonderful.

I also am not necessarily trying to burst any bubbles, here, but I now kinda think of David Blaine as the Tom Cruise of the magic world. You know: Pretty boy, somewhat nutso, formerly respected in his field but now maybe not so much, etc.

This is a subject with which I am quite familiar, seeing as how I must tip-toe around the whole "Tom Cruise is a basket case" thing, since Mr. Katie Holmes basically rings all of Kathy's bells.

Tim Lewis said...

I only watched about 5 minutes. I know how he did the shoelace thing. He had them running up his pant leg and pulled it up when he revealed his shoe. I also know how he did the lady with the tooth. It's called a plant in the crowd. Not impressive at all.

Now holding your breath for 7 minutes, that's pretty impressive, but it's not magic. I didn't see it.