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David Blaine: The Human Prune

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Yikes. Check out these shots of David Blaine's hands after living in his fishbowl for nearly a week. Imagine what, um, other parts of him look like.

I haven't made my way up to Lincoln Center to see him yet, but I think I better get up there before his skin starts falling off.

And bring some Palmolive.

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  1. What is the importance of David Blaine's ventures? I mean, is he using the publicity to try to raise money for something important? If so, great. Otherwise, I have better things to do, you know, like see what Nick & Jess are up to. Or, better yet, Andy's "AussieBum" ads have really been catching my eye lately...


    Posted by: Gilli | May 5, 2006 9:03:26 AM

  2. BUSTED!!!!

    i guess david Blane didn't do enough research.

    For the first few hours submerged in water, YES the human body will have moisture wicked away/ out of it and the skin will prune...but then an amazing thing happens....the process reverses!!!!!!! and you wil actualy absorb water through your skin and actualy his skin should not be pruiny after a week and he should have gained a 1lb or 2 in water weight

    So, what's up!!!?????

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 5, 2006 9:13:34 AM

  3. BUSTED!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, in the first hours of being in water the human body will find moisture being sucked / wicked away/ removed through the skin layer into the outer body of water. THEN after a few hours the the process reverses till homostasis is achieved= balance...the body will absorb water through the skin .......the skin will not be pruiny in fact after a week blaine should have gained a 1lb or 2 in water weight directly through his skin

    something is up......

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 5, 2006 9:17:08 AM

  4. Please tell me why anyone gives a shit about this dork and his stupid human tricks. Because he's shirtless? Wow, that's really hot.

    Excuse me now, I have a coma I need to go slip into.

    Posted by: Marco Polo | May 5, 2006 9:23:42 AM

  5. Yawn.

    Posted by: Brian | May 5, 2006 9:46:54 AM

  6. I've got blisters on me fingers!!!!

    -----message sent from underwater Blackberry

    Posted by: David Blaine | May 5, 2006 10:53:39 AM

  7. Once again, this is all an attempt to gain tax-exempt status from the government. If he can raise enough followers then he can create a bona fide religion. That's the magic here. ;-)

    Seriously though, have you been to his website? If you check out archive.org's old copies of it, it's got a reality distortion effect, similar to that of Steve Job's, I'd swear blaine has studied perception or how to come off a certain way, his actions and mannerism seem very... well thought out and rehearsed. But yea, I can't wait to join his secret club and be cool heheh.

    Posted by: Scott A | May 5, 2006 11:05:58 AM

  8. You guys should support a man who goes through such a hard physical trial, because he is doing it to show that mind and body can overcome anything. He isn't asking for money, he isn't doing it for anything else but 'magic'. Whatever, if you don't understand it then don't give your two cents. Keep your mundane job and life, and wither away without a trail for no one to remember you after you're dead.

    Posted by: Thupamodel | May 5, 2006 1:57:52 PM

  9. Hey Thupamodel,

    I ASKED. R u saying that those of us who don't understand aren't allowed to ask? R u saying that David Blaine cdn't have provided some sort of explanation to the majority of us who are art farts not science farts?

    As a publicist, I think he's guarnered so much publicity that his effect has bn--and will be--extra powerful if he had tried to raise money for some a cause. Of course, now he'll be really rich and causes will come to him.

    Posted by: Gilli | May 5, 2006 2:28:17 PM

  10. I just don't get the appeal of his stunts. He doesn't do anything really. Where's the entertainment value? I'll take the juvenile hijinks on Jackass over this. Watch David Blaine prune. Why?

    Posted by: Tom K. | May 5, 2006 2:33:26 PM

  11. Personally, I respect the guy for carving his own path in life. It's an interesting career, and it sure isn't easy work, and he's the best in the world at it. Fact is, not too many of us are out "saving the world," and most of us are just negotiating revenue streams so we can have more fun in our free time. At least Blaine's work demonstrates the possibilities of the human mind and body and does so in a very entertaining way. Is he a self-promoter? Sure, but that's how you get your work where people can see it.

    Posted by: john rogers | May 5, 2006 4:59:02 PM

  12. Actually, your skin wrinkles in the bathtub BECAUSE it has absorbed water, not because it's "leaking" water from inside. Your body is fairly salty, so the water enters your skin by osmosis. With that in mind, David Blaine's fingers and toes would stay wrinkled until he got out of the water for a longish period of time, because osmosis doesn't work the opposite way (i.e. it can't flow from salt water to fresh water).

    Posted by: Liza | May 5, 2006 5:18:06 PM

  13. actualy you are wrong.

    Salt Nacl does not combine with H2O to create a new substance salt water

    what happens is Nacl SALT is a seperate substance in miniscule form suspended in H20

    in suspension in H2O.....and a nifty little product created by the israelis like last decade takes advantage of this fact by having pours small enough to blcok Salt NACL...while being large enough for H2O water molecules to pass through leaving behind saltier water while fresh water is collected on the other side.

    Over a long period of time the fresh water in the tank will begin to pass the oppisite way through the skin into the body because nature always moves towards homeostasis.... balance

    a balance between the amount of water in the tank and in his body......he will have GAINED 1to2 lbs of water and not be wrinkled but rather puffy

    an easy way to understand this is when females are retaining..........RETAINING water they are puffy not wrinkled

    so....obviously he has NOT been submerged in water for the entire week.....only a few hours at a time for whatever camera PR stunts take place...thus the wrinkles...the rest of the time...well...maybe a very life like dummy...heck one of those real sex dolls they only cost 1,000 bucks is floated in the tank....

    while david is off eating, sleeping, fucking while dry and comfortable

    It is all a PR stunt and not a very good one....because science says he would be PUFFY not wrinkled after such a long period of time

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 5, 2006 5:29:00 PM

  14. Really, salt water is a suspension and not a solution? Back to high school chemistry Jimmydumbass.

    Posted by: Doesn'tMakeSense | May 5, 2006 7:07:30 PM

  15. LOL

    dude take debate 101 and learnt that resorting to name calling proves that your side has already lost, your points have no merit


    seriously though....ok....what is the chemical formula for salt water then???? combine NaCl and H2O and write out the new chemical if you can

    LOL You can't

    it is H20 with NaCl suspended within it ...not combined

    and hey....take it up with the israelies.........

    LOL seriously take some sand.....some charcoal......some more sand........place in layers in a bucket with a hole drilled in the bottom

    pour salt water in from the top

    collect less salty water from the bottom

    because!!!!!!!!!!!! salt particles that are too large to pass through the layers become trapped while the smaller molecules of H2O pass on through

    if NaCl and H2O was a new according to you combined substance then this would not happen the molecules would all be the same size and the wate from the bottom would be as salty as the water you poured through the top

    many 6 year olds perform this experiment in 1st grade

    Peace be with you

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 5, 2006 7:28:35 PM

  16. You all must not really know what the deal is.
    The man is really in the tank 24/7 for 7 days.
    I was there and saw it three times as I pass it for work eachday and it is really him in there waving to people and shit.
    Also about the H2O and the pruning stuff. The water n the tank is saline water, thus he will not end up being puffy. So it is NOT fresh water in the tank. Hope that stops u both from bickering and proves that u both were right and also wrong. lol

    Posted by: Tom | May 6, 2006 1:12:57 AM

  17. Yawn to this whole thing.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 6, 2006 2:41:15 AM

  18. Not that I commend Davey or anything for his "stunt", but it's kind of cool that he is paying for it out of his pocket, and donating his entire paycheck from ABC (for the finale on Monday night) to charity...not keeping a cent.

    PS: I work at Lincoln Center, and he is definitely THERE, all day, all night...after a night of drinking the other night, I was tempted to write him a message that said: "YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED ON "LOST" TONIGHT"...thought it would be cute, and a good ad for ABC, as well as the BEST show ever...in case you all aren't clued in yet!

    He is truly weird though...

    Posted by: taylor | May 6, 2006 2:50:06 AM

  19. I saw an ad for this or an interview he gave prior to it where it was a brief clip of this startegically humble "magician" saying, "Yeaaah, this will either go as planned or the public will see a man die on live tv."

    Gosh, he's trying to get people to watch his stunt by inticing them with his own death which will of course never happen given all the procedures they have in place. It's another selacious stunt by a showman. I like the look of that water filled sphere but that's the only interest this stunt holds for me.

    I don't even dislike him enough to Tivo his death.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 6, 2006 3:37:14 AM

  20. http://dir.salon.com/story/people/feature/2002/05/21/blaine/index.html

    article comparing Johny Knoxville and blaine
    summed up

    johny is a real MAN who laughs after his pain...blain is a historonic pussy who wines before his stunts and has huge medical staff after his stunts..

    a must read...LOL

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 6, 2006 11:01:08 AM

  21. PS

    he is like getting $5,000,000 for this stunt...tv coverage....equals commercial time...commercials equal money for covering his stunt.....which equals a pre signed contract worth about 5 million on who exactly is allowed to cover his stunt.....

    On his not doing it for money...LOL

    he has recieved 5 mill for the 44 day cage over the thames stunt.....5 million for the block of ice stunt...and now 5 million for this one...


    he isn't jesus..LOL SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 6, 2006 11:18:48 AM

  22. Hey, Tom~

    You saw Blaine in the bubble, and he really IS in there 24/7! You actually witnessed David "waving to people and shit"! Wow. Before reading your testimonial, Tom, I thought this was an ILLUSION performed by a MAGICIAN. So, that other guy really did make an Hawaiian mountain disappear right before our very eyes! I owe someone an apology.

    Posted by: Tajue | May 6, 2006 11:33:20 AM

  23. TAJUE...you're missing the point completely.

    Posted by: That Guy | May 6, 2006 4:35:33 PM

  24. Ew, those fingers are ugly. What a freak show this guy is hahahaha, FREAK SHOW. But okay whatever, he feels this is his calling in life, so let him be.

    Posted by: Whatever | May 7, 2006 1:52:56 AM

  25. That Guy~

    Because I don't agree with Tom's point, that means I don't 'get' it? You're the one who doesn't get my point. The fucker's an ILLUSIONIST. I hope you're sitting down, because I have another newsflash: Remember when Blaine was shown levitating on one of his past television specials? Well, sorry to have to break it to you, but David Blaine can't really FLY.

    Posted by: Tajue | May 7, 2006 4:55:28 AM

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