David Kwong is no ordinary magician. With easy charm and mind-bending tricks, Kwong shows us how to command attention, sway opinions, and sell ideas. He demonstrates how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase our powers of persuasion and influence—in relationships, business, and beyond. He is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show Blindspot. David Kwong has astounded CEOs, TED talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people, making them see, believe, and even remember what he wants them to. Illusion is an ancient art that centers on control: commanding a room, building anticipation, and appearing to work wonders. Illusion works because the human brain is wired to fill the gap between seeing and believing. Now, Kwong reveals how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to help you increase your own powers of persuasion and influence.
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He dazzles audiences with his unique brand of magic, making a powerful case for the role that creativity plays in all of our lives. From card tricks to some of the amazing feats from his ABC Special, he will leave your audience spellbound, shocked and speechless. So impressive, in fact, that viewers will find themselves sometimes speechless, sometimes shouting with excitement, sometimes shaking their heads in disbelief and sometimes trying to keep their eyes from popping out of their heads in wonder. Exclusively available through WSB.
When the star of a show calmly jokes that he might die on stage, the audience is likely to brush it off. But when the performer making the announcement has a history of holding his breath for 17 minutes, the proclamation might not be far off. He then proceeded to hold his breath for 10 minutes while in a transparent tank underwater. Many cheered as the clock ticked. Others looked on in horror and disbelief. Magician David Blaine speaks during Genius Gala 6.
David Blaine born April 4,  is an American illusionist , endurance artist , and extreme performer. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance and has set and broken several world records. Blaine was born and raised in Brooklyn , New York, the son of a single mother,  Patrice White, a teacher who was of Russian-Jewish ancestry, and a father who is a Vietnam War veteran of Puerto Rican and Italian descent. This sparked a lifelong interest for him. Jon Racherbaumer commented: "Make no mistake about it, the focus of this show, boys and girls, is not Blaine. It is really about theatrical proxemics; about the show-within-a-show and the spontaneous, visceral reactions of people being astonished. On April 5, , Blaine was entombed in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days, across from Trump Place on 68th St. According to CNN , "Blaine's only communication to the outside world was by a hand buzzer, which could have alerted an around-the-clock emergency crew standing by. An estimated 75, people visited the site, including Marie Blood, Harry Houdini 's niece, who said, "My uncle did some amazing things, but he could not have done this.