David Blaine's been performing magic his whole life, but it wasn't until recently that he became famous. He was offered a $1,000,000 TV deal by ABC in 1999, and he hasn't looked back. It's public knowledge that the ABC execs weren't too sure about him until he performed a little magic and read their minds. He was offered a deal on the spot.
Blaine has done a lot since 1999. Everything from being buried alive to being frozen in a block of ice for 3 days. With each stunt comes more publicity. With more publicity comes more money. Not everyone likes Blaine and rightly so. He's definitely an odd character. But that's exactly what "David Blaine" is...a character. He's a showman. He's created this persona that works for him, and makes many people think that maybe this guy can actually bring flies back to life and stick his hand through glass. Maybe he can read minds. That's why he's so successful. He's an excellent actor who never breaks character. He has the drive and determination to do anything that he puts his mind to, and for that, I give him credit.