Spoiled Children of Divorce


Exemplary Children of Divorce – David Blaine

What kind of a childhood makes a child want to grow up and perfect his disappearing act?

The answer is obvious. Just watch Mommy or Daddy disappear.  Easiest Show on Earth to copy.

Magician David Blaine just performed another stunt.  This time he hung upside down for I don’t know how long.  Basically the guy was hurting himself.  His acts always involve hurting himself.  With the economy taking a nosedive I don’t think this will be what people want to see anymore.

Although the stories of Blaine’s childhood are probably “embellished” it’s quite obvious there was pain there. He’s managed to turn this into a great career.

Here’s an older description of Blaine’s upbringing from The Guardian in an article called “Illusional Grandeur” by Lawrence Donegan.  The story sounds exagerrated but the elements of abandonment, desperation, poverty are all there.  Interesting how a Child of D who gets ahead has to have an “obsessive compulsive disorder” in order to become successful.  The life is probably too distracting for a merely hard working, ambitious person to get ahead.:  (www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2003/ang/24/theatre.

The embellishment of one’s life story is a tradition among magicians and for once David Blaine has stuck with tradition. ‘You should never be accurate, you should be entertaining. Houdini, Chaplin; they always told conflicting stories,’ he once said. Certainly, the Blaine story has the quality of a fable. His mother, described in some of his publicity as a gypsy, was a Russian Jew; his father, who fought in Vietnam, is Italian and Puerto Rican. His father left home when the child was four years old, shortly after allegedly making David crawl across a plank of wood laid between the roofs of two 10-storey buildings; thus began a love affair with danger.

‘My father left me and my mother in the ghetto, begging for money,’ Blaine says. His mother, who died when he was 19, took three jobs in order have enough money to put him through a progressive New Jersey school. She was also responsible for introducing him to magic, according to one account – buying him a cheap magic trick when he was child. In another version, he was inspired by a tarot-obsessed grandmother. Take your pick. What is undeniably true is that, by his teens, Blaine was spending more time honing his magic skills than doing his homework. ‘It was like an addiction, an obsessive compulsive disorder.’


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