David Blaine will bring Magic Show to the world of Las Vegas resorts – The Hollywood Reporter
Diversifying his roster of residency shows, magician and stuntman David Blaine joins the pantheon of entertainers (Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé and Luke Bryan) who call Las Vegas’ Concerts West/AEG Presents Resorts World Theater home.
The illusionist tells The Hollywood Reporter it will launch its first show on the Strip from September 30, 2022.
Speaking on the phone from his home in Paris, he recounts David Blaine live will bring new magic and some of his classical repertoire to audiences on six dates until the end of 2022.
“A lot of the show will be new things that people haven’t seen. There will be some of my favorite magic pieces and then the interactive part where I go into the audience and do some magic for people up close and bring people on stage and interact with them,” Blaine explains.
It will be the first time the state-of-the-art theatre, which opened in 2021, will be used for magic, taking inspiration from the interactive sets, pyro and dynamic staging used by musical acts who also use the room.
“I visited Resorts World and the theater was under construction – and I walked in and looked at the play and said, ‘This would be the most amazing place to build a show,'” Blaine explains. The ceilings are 85 feet high. The stage is high-tech. I fell in love with the chamber. It allows me to do things I’ve never done on stage.
If anyone can fill 5,000 seats with a magic show, it’s Blaine, whose long list of credentials includes an arena tour, as well as nine primetime specials. He is working on a show for Disney+ called Beyond Belief with David Blaine, produced by Brian Glazer and Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries. This documentary adventure series sends Blaine on a global odyssey, interacting with magicians, shamans and other mystics to uncover their secrets.
Some of his most famous feats from past specials include being buried alive in New York for a week, encased in a six-ton block of ice for three days, enduring 44 days inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water, and having a million volts discharged onto him continuously for 72 hours from seven Tesla coils.
“After years of repeated failures, I finally started to understand how to build a stage show. It’s so counter-intuitive to the way I do television, where I go out, I shoot for a year and I try to find the best reactions,” Blaine says. “When you come out, there’s no editing, what happens happens. Everything is real. Therefore, the feedback from the public is really exciting. I think they understand it intuitively. They are there with you on an emotional level, which is very different from television. »
His famous sphere-shaped aquarium, in which he spent a week immersed at Lincoln Center, before breaking the world record for freediving live on The Oprah Winfrey Show, will be making an appearance on the Vegas show.
“There’s a lift I can use to pull my sphere-shaped aquarium across the stage, which is pretty extreme. It’s one of my favorite water tanks I’ve ever used. I love that picture. It’s like a marble, but it’s an eight-foot sphere,” Blaine says. “It’s very hard to fit into any room, other than an arena. But in this theater, we’re going to be able to use it. And then the other thing is the height. Having such great heights allows me to imagine things that I’ve always wanted to do that I could never do in any theater.
Blaine frequently travels to Las Vegas to hang out with David Copperfield, who has headlined the MGM Grand for decades. He says the community is very tight-knit.
“There’s a group of magicians I hang out with and we brainstorm and create,” Blaine says. “One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is the David Copperfield Museum, which is the most beautiful magical archive in the world. Walk around there, and you’re just inspired step by step, and it has does such an amazing job of keeping it.
Copperfield puts on around 655 shows a year – one night backstage, he shared with Blaine that it takes 500 shows to pull off a trick and over 1,000 to make it “feel good”.
Blaine says he could even incorporate his 10-year-old daughter Dessa into the act. She already does magic.
“I support whatever she wants to do and I know her work ethic is way beyond mine. She’s more focused and watching her do anything is magical,” he says.