David Blaine Gears Up for Next Electrifying Stunt

Stunt man David Blaine is back to is old tricks again, and his latest act has a shocking twist. The 39-year-old daredevil is planning on suiting up in a chainmail bodysuit that will provide a barrier between himself and a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils.

Sounds like a scene straight out of The Prestige. Blaine will also be wearing a wire helmet a visor to shield his eyes, and hearing protection for his ears. His breathing and the surrounding air will be monitored.

The illusionist will be performing this stunt at Pier 54 on New York’s West Side. “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On” will be open to the public, who will be able to send messages to Blaine and control the voltage to keep him alert. Seems safe.

To prepare for the event, Blaine will be keeping a low profile these next few days.

“I’ll mostly be relaxing, meditating and playing with my daughter … and trying not to deprive myself of sleep,” the illusionist said at a Tuesday press conference after demonstrating the stunt at low voltage.

If you can’t see him in person, “Electrified” will also be streamed live on Youtube, with viewing stations located in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. To keep things interesting, viewers at the stations will also be able to adjust the coils.

During the stunt, Blaine will be unable to eat but will have a tube for water heading out the other end. Shocked yet?

Blaine said this is his biggest idea yet, and he’s unsure if he’ll be able to top it.

“This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I’m literally shocked that it came together,” he said. “This is one of the craziest things that I ever dreamed up, and I don’t know how I could go beyond it.”

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Kurt Russell gets an HOMAGE in new film, “King of B,” which premieres at NYC’s New Filmmakers’ Series

“I am the master of my craft.”

The words resonate off the poster like the ominous words that they are, and this psychological thriller from Lamont Jack Pearley promises to be the first of a long career.

Starring Angie Bullaro (yes, she’s Sicilian) & Terrence Dudley, “King of B” tells the story of Kevin Schmitz: the ultimate method actor, Kevin believes he has become his idol Kurt Russell. Losing all sense of reality, Kevin ends up in a psychiatric facility.

“King of B” will premiere at NYC’s New Filmmakers’ Series on April 1st at 6pm (additional showings at 7 & 8pm). It will be held at the Anthology Film Archives, which is at 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street).

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iThievery: $112,000 Worth of iPads Stolen from Brooklyn Best Buy

Now, I’m wondering… did they sneak these iPads out under their shirts… what? If each iPad is $700 (not an unreasonable number), that means that they stole ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY iPADS.

That sort of merchandise doesn’t JUST go missing. I smell an inside job.

Anyway, the New York Daily News is reporting that four lightning-fast bandits busted into a Brooklyn Best Buy store and made off with more than $100,000 worth of iPads in a matter of minutes Wednesday, police said.

The tablet-craving crooks hit the gadget store in the Gateway Plaza in East New York (not a safe area by any means) about 4 a.m.

They broke through the front door, busted their way into a locked office, grabbed $112,000 worth of iPads and fled.

All that, in under four minutes.

That’s New York for you, folks!

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The History Behind Fashion Week

photo credit: mamasrollingstone.com

With all this buzz about Fashion Week, many viewers and fashionistas are probably wondering how the semi-annual event first originated. First sparked by the Press and Media, Fashion Week has evolved into a massive event and has taken place in numerous major cities across the globe.

The first Fashion Week took place in 1943 in the capital of the world, New York City. In the midst of World War II the fashion industry was unable to travel to France and invest in the current trends of Paris. Fashion Publicist Eleanor Lambert created “Press Week” to direct attention to American innovations and fashions in New York, and the success of the week spread like wildfire. Magazines around the world (Vogue, for example) caught wind of the event and discovered something interesting – Americans have a sense of fashion too.

There are typically two Fashion Weeks in a a year; displaying either the Autumn/Winter (February) or Spring/Summer (September) trends. Highly noted cities such as; New York City, Milan, London and Paris all participate and have been named “The Big Four.” Versace, Rebecca Taylor, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Luca Luca, Nicole Miller, Vera Wang, Calvin Klien and a ton more designers strut the runway in their latest apparel. Mercedes-Benz is the current sponsor of the New York Fashion Week – check out their official site.

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VIDEO: Taking “Economic” To a New Level

When Luke Clark Tyler, an architect in Manhattan, was looking for new digs, he wanted something centrally located and economically feasible.

As he’s a single vegetarian with no children, he needed to go with something that made the best use of whatever little space was available.

So, for a reasonable sum of $800 per month (you can’t pay those prices ANYWHERE in the greater New York area), he found this 78-SQUARE-FOOT apartment. (Quite economic, considering that there’s a palatial 90-square-foot apartment for about $1000/month.)

According to Neatorama, Tyler has every luxury: “a Murphy bed (that he made himself), a couch, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a closet.” He shares a bathroom with four other tenants.

(And, to put this in perspective: for all of these luxurious accommodations, he’s paying $10.25/square foot.)

Peep the video tour HERE.

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